Wed. Nov 20th, 2019

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Mining Ministry Hunts For More Partners After Exporting First Crude Oil

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Petroleum CAs Eng. John Mosonik with former President Eng. Olesegun Obasanjo

Months after joining the oil export league; Nigeria, Angola, Algeria, Congo and Libya, Kenya through its  Mining and Petroleum ministry is now pursuing more partnerships and opportunities to exploit the country’s mineral resources to spur economic growth.

Speaking earlier, Mining and Petroleum CAS, Eng. John Mosonik said Kenya has huge potential and sufficient resources to alleviate poverty by increasing economic growth and to realize this needs committed and enthusiastic leaders with citizens’ interests at heart.

The CAS said infrastructural development and foreign investors are vital in spurring economic growth and it is for this reason that since his appointment as a state official, Mosonik, has been at the forefront championing to make Kenya into a development hub.

After revolutionizing the roads and infrastructure docket that he previously held, Mosonik was moved to Mining and Petroleum Ministry as Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) where together with his Cabinet Secretary John Munyes have joint hands to awaken the once sleeping ministry into one of the highest country’s income earner.

According to the recent discoveries, Kenya has a lot of mineral resources that have not yet been exploited and if used well, can make all of us rich at the same time.

KPMG mining global lead Jacques Erasmus points out that Kenya is one of the countries showing signs of continued business development and stability only if insecurity, corruption and supply chains can be well managed and resolved.

For maximum exploitation of oil and gas, Mosonik has been looking for new technologies and partners from all over the world and some parts of African countries that are ahead of Kenya in oil mining and export.

The seasoned engineer says, he wants to leave an unprecedented legacy by offering unmatched support to CS Munyes in finding solutions to problems facing the oil and mining sector in the country.

“With his wisdom, President Uhuru Kenyatta placed me in this position, to serve Kenyans and I am, therefore, committed to tirelessly look for solutions to the problems in Oil and Mining so that we enrich our country and boost the livelihood of our people,” he says

In the ongoing Africa Oil Week meeting in Capetown, the former Infrastructure PS is representing Kenya. Since the event’s inception 25 years ago, it has offered a meeting platform for African Countries that converge to set out the future direction of the continent’s upstream oil and gas sector as well as securing major deals and lucrative new partnerships.

The ministry has put in place plans to have a pipeline between Turkana and Lamu Port to ease transportation of the oil by 2020 connecting Lokichar-Lamu.

 In the past two days of the premium deal-making Capetown hub, Mosonik has held different bilateral talks with senior experts, business service providers and CEOs of organizations that have excelled in mining industry with the former Nigerian President Chief Olesegun Obasanjo and Gwede Mantashe, Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy, South Africa.

In his address, Mosonik explained that nothing will deter Kenya from exploiting its natural resources because the President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government has ensured political stability, development of infrastructures, such as rail, road, and ports.

He added that the intergovernmental, community and joint venture partnerships will see the mining in the country thrive faster than expected.

In August, Kenya joined the league of Africa oil exporters after its first consignment of 200,000 barrels worth sh. 1.2 billion that was exported months after President Uhuru signed the petroleum bill into law that regulates oil exploration, production, and outlines how the revenue will be shared among the county and national governments, local communities and companies.

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