This week Laura Cornish, editor of Mining Review Africa speaks about the reasons why the future of the Nigerian mining industry has a positive outlook. The Minister of Mines and Steel Development in Nigeria, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, is determined to deliver a profitable mining industry in the country. Fayemi hopes to see a mining industry that contributes significantly to the economy within the next decade. He has pointed out that the government in Nigeria is focusing on the development and growth of seven strategic minerals – coal, lead/zinc, iron-ore, gold, bitumen, barites and limestone.