FG Vows Not to Allow Bandits Take Charge of Gold Deposits Found along Abuja-Nasarawa Highway
The Nigerian government said it has discovered gold deposits along the Abuja-Nasarawa axis through the National Integrated Mineral Exploration Project, vowing not to allow bandit take charge of the resources the way they did in Zamfara State.
Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite, disclosed this in Abuja when the governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule, visited him.
The minister in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday by his media aide, Ayodeji Adeyemi, told the governor that the FMMSD would develop the mineral resources in Nasarawa.
He said his ministry was resolved to avoid a situation where bandits would be in charge of the gold mining in Nasarawa state, the way it is in Zamfara state.
He added that the NIMEP project which had cost the ministry N15bn had generated many geoscience data that had foreign investors excited about the mining prospects across the country.
“Nasarawa State is the home of solid minerals in the country. We had an earlier discussion about recent discovery of precious minerals in the Nasarawa, Abuja axis.
“As you probably might be aware, we have been talking about this for a while; there is a programme we call NIMEP executed by the ministry where government has put about N15bn into exploration for minerals, one of which is gold.
“We have done this exploration across the country and we have discovered a very nice track of gold deposits especially between Abuja and Nasarawa where we share borders”, the statement quoted the minister to have said.
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