IBBU, MINING MINISTRY BRAINSTORM ON MINERAL DEPOSITS IN NIGER STATE

The Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University Lapai has proposed a comprehensive study of the mineral resources of Niger State using new technologies as a basis for assessing the modes of occurrence of the mineral deposits and evaluating the reserves of strategic deposits to boost investors’ confidence. This much was presented at a brainstorming session between the University and the Niger State Ministry for Mineral Resources in Minna on Wednesday 6th June 2018. The session was chaired by the State’s Honorable Commissioner for Mineral Resources, Hajia Rahmatu Mohammed-Yar’adua and attended by the Vice of the University, Prof Muhammad Nasir Maiturare. The University proposed to use drone technology mapping to assess very remote areas where most of the mineral deposits occur but hitherto inaccessible. According to the University in the presentation made by the University’s Director of Research, Prof Nuhu Obaje, advanced geophysical and geochemical techniques will also be deployed to enable assessment of the quantities and qualities of the mineral deposits in ring-fenced and open acreages, liaising with the Mining Cadastre Office to enable the State have a comprehensive mineral data bank to be used by the State and interested investors in the quest for investments in the sector meant to diversify the economy in line with the Federal Government policy. The Vice Chancellor noted that the policy is meant to generate revenue for the state in addition to providing employment directly and indirectly. The Honorable Commissioner, Hajiya Rahmatu Yar’adua praised the efforts of the University and reaffirmed the commitment of the Ministry and the State Government to developing the solid mineral sector of Niger State. She said the State was in the process of establishing a model Mining City that will cater for the total value chain in the mineral industry and affirmed that the IBBU proposal would be assessed in the context of its accommodation within the proposed Mining City project, whereby the mineral data bank, raw and processed minerals that may result from the IBBU proposed study will be housed within the Mining City. The Vice Chancellor, Prof Maiturare, on behalf of Council and Management of the University expressed appreciations for the audience granted to the University team and promised to furnish the Ministry with some further details of the proposal, especially on the ways to work collaboratively with a Russian firm which also proposed some new technologies for fast tracking exploration and development.

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