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Fayemi: Detailed Research Required To Quantify Nigeria’s Minerals

Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Mr. Kayode Fayemi, is seeking collaborative work in carrying out detailed research aimed at determining and quantifying the mineral resources in the country.
The case with the solid minerals sector where Nigeria does not know the exact types and quantity of minerals it is blessed with is closely related to the oil and gas sector where the exact quantity of crude production is unknown, but the country rely on figures from export terminals.
Dr Fayemi said, “Nigeria as a nation is blessed with natural resources; we need to assiduously work hard to be able to ascertain the resource reserve of the nation.
“Yes, it is generally said that we have 44 mineral types occurring across the country, equally, every local government is blessed with one mineral or the other.”
Speaking Monday at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, Mr Fayemi sought the institutions collaboration to explore Nigeria’s mineral deposit. “Geologists and scientists have  a major role to play in the development of Nigeria,” Fayemi who spoke through his representative, a director in the ministry, Mr Patrick Ojeka, observed.
“We need to look deeply into strengthening the collaborative work carrying detailed research to now determine and quantify what we have,” the minister stated.

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