17 March 2021 By Georgina Humphrey
Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite has assured the Governor of Nassarawa State of the ministry’s intention to develop the mineral resources in the state.
Adegbite gave the assurance during the visit of the Executive Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule to the Ministry in Abuja.
Adegbite said the ministry resolved to avoid a repeat of the Zamfara experience in Nasarawa State, in which bandits were largely in charge of the gold mining in that state.
The minister revealed that gold had been discovered along the Abuja- Nasarawa axis through the National Integrated Mineral Exploration Project, NIMEP, program undertaken by the ministry.
The minister added that the NIMEP project which had cost the ministry N15 billion had generated troves of geoscience data that had foreign investors excited about the juicy mining prospects in the country.
Adegbite equally allayed the concerns of Nasarawa State government about the menace of illegal gold mining due to the large deposits of gold in the state.
The minister explained that the ministry was working with relevant security agencies to avert such an unwanted situation.
He added that the Federal Government had reiterated its ban on gold mining in Zamfara due to banditry.
Adegbite added that the ministry had a special mines police that is saddled with responsibility of curbing the menace of illegal mining in the country.
On his part the Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule said the State was prepared to work with the ministry to check illegal mining in the state.
Gov Sule stressed that his administration was indeed concerned about the threat of illegal mining and its associated vices.
The governor explained that despite experiencing some form of illegal mining of gold in the area called Uke, it had indeed attracted some Companies who were mining legally in the state.
“Let me thank the minister for the NIMEP program undertaken by the Federal Government , We strongly believe that the future of this country is in minerals and not oil and gas.