20 November 2020 By Josiah Buzun
The Federal Government has been charged to provide state of the art equipment to the National Metallurgical Center Jos to carry out Research effectively.
Director General of the Center, Professor Linus Asuquo gave the charge while handing over some structures of the Center to the Mineral Sector Support for Economic Diversification Project under the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development for renovation.
Professor Linus Asuquo said the Center needed more personnel and regular training within and outside the Country.
The Director General also emphasized the need for more allocation of funds to research and development.
Professor Asuquo who said Plateau State had over 197 mining companies in the 1960s expressed regret that none is presently existing.
He appreciated the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development for providing some equipment, which he said would assist in carrying out Research.
The Deputy Project Coordinator for the Mineral Sector support for Economic Diversification Project, Abba Usman, explained that the project would transform the Mining sector, create wealth for Miners and generate revenue for Government.
The structures identified for renovation include a library, Scan electro microscope laboratory, weight analysis Laboratory and telecommunications block.
The consulting Architect for the Project, Mr David Mandela assured that the renovation would be completed in the stipulated 6 to 8 months period.