The African Centre for Leadership, Strategy & Development (Centre LSD) shall organize February 7, 2023, the validation meeting of its leading-edge study on the efficacy of community development agreements (CDAs) in mining host communities in Nigeria. This time with mining stakeholders in the southsouth/southwest geopolitical zones in Lagos, Nigeria.
The study was conducted across six states in each geopolitical zone of the country in 2022, including Taraba (northeast), Kebbi (northwest), Kogi (North Central), Ekiti (Southwest), Edo (Southsouth), and Ebonyi (Southeast).
It is aimed at ascertaining the effectiveness of current CDAs regime as a tool for delivering social and economic benefits to mining host communities in the country. Penultimate week, the Northeast and Northwest regional validation was held in Kano.
A statement by Mr Vincent Dania, Programme Co-ordinator at Centre LSD, said the validation meeting will provide a platform for stakeholders, including government representatives, civil society organizations, academic institutions, and community members, to engage with the findings and discuss their implications.
These implications is for the pursuit of effective community development policies in Nigeria’s mining sector.
It will also provide opportunities and insights into the best practices for ensuring the delivery of sustainable benefits to communities affected by mining operations.
Centre LSD is committed to promoting sustainable development in communities across Africa and is proud to be at the forefront of efforts to evaluate the impact of CDAs on these communities.
The results of the study will be made available to the public upon completion of the validation exercise across the six geopolitical zones.