Technical Assistance for Capacity Building of Nigeria’s Mining Sector

This project promotes the elimination of mercury usage and facilitate compliance with the Minamata Convention on Mercury through a six-day technical assistance course for officials from the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development. Reducing mercury usage would have a positive impact on the health of women and children, as these groups face a higher exposure to mercury given the roles that women typically play in Nigeria’s artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector. Targeting improvements to the health and rights of women and girls is a priority for Canada’s development program in Nigeria.