The National Metallurgical Development Centre, NMDC, Jos, says Improvement in Nigeria’s foreign earnings is achievable through healthy collaborations with relevant foreign organizations.
A statement by the Head, Press and Public Relations, Sunday Eweama says the Director General of NMDC, Prof. Linus Asuquo stated this during a technical/fact finding visit of Directors and Engineering Consultants of a Mining firm from India to the Centre in Jos.
The statement explains that NMDC does not partner with foreign organizations with exploitative tendencies rather with organizations that have symbiotic principles in collaborations.
It stresses that NMDC’s collaboration with UNIDO, UNDP, MINTEK, DICON, NDA, MINDER and others have proved that the Agency is indispensable in value addition in the Mining and Steel sector.
It adds that NMDC has researched and upgraded many minerals for governments, corporate organizations and individuals using the latest beneficiation and scientific methods.
“Choosing NMDC as a government agency to collaborate with in Iron Ore upgrading/beneficiation is the best decision the company has taken considering its unquantifiable benefits to Nigeria and India in terms of foreign exchange earnings. Professor Asuquo added.
The statement assures them that NMDC being one out of three Research and Development Centres in Africa with the best Manpower and Equipment in Minerals Processing and beneficiation is ever ready to add value to any type of mineral or metal presented to it for assessment.
According to the statement Asuquo encouraged the company to get the necessary certification from the Nigerian government, particularly from the Mining Cadastre Office of the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Abuja so as to have a hitch-free mining and exportation business in Nigeria.
In the statement, the Nigerian Engineering Consultant to the company, Mr. Marcus Oche said the choice of NMDC for the partnership was borne out of years of research on the activities and viability of the Centre in Minerals Research and Development, adding that their main purpose of the visit was to kickstart the process of collaboration with NMDC, especially in the area of Iron Ore upgrading.
It appeals to the authorities at the Centre to assist the company to secure Mineral Title Licence as soon as possible.