From the Nwakaudu Charity, Abuja
Mines and Steel Development Minister Olamilekan Adegbite said the ministry would start refining barite. He said this in Abuja after receiving the report from the National Integrated Mineral Exploration Project (NIMEP).
Barite is a naturally occurring mineral that can be found across the country.
Adegbite explained that the measure would encourage local production and attract investors and that the ministry would seek additional funds for exploration initiatives in other natural resources.
In her remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Dr Oluwatoyin Akinlade, expressed immense satisfaction to the ministry staff for the conceptualization of NIMEP, which she said was very important, not only for the mining and mineral sector, but for the Nigeria in general. She called on all Nigerians to take advantage of Nigeria’s abundant national resources and work diligently to bring the country to greater heights.
The Managing Director of Nigeria Geological Survey Agency, Dr Abdulrazak Garba, revealed in his remarks that the project is working on the exploitation of various mineral resources across the country.
Garba stressed that the design of the project required the involvement of International Competent Persons (PCs) in the execution of the contract and the team of consultants to ensure adherence to international best practices.
He also noted that the exploration contracts were awarded after review by the government and the Public Procurement Bureau.
Dr Warwick Crowe, one of the project contractors, said the exploration technique used was effective and would be used for the study of other minerals in the future.
He added that the study was carried out in five phases, the first of which included computer surveys, spectral geology and the processing and interpretation of existing airborne data.