26 February 2021 By Georgina Humphrey
The National Metallurgical Development Centre (NMDC) Jos, has established strategic alliances with relevant institutions in the country to ensure sustainable metallurgical development and industrialisation of Nigeria,
The Director-General of the NMDC, Prof Linus Asuquo made this known in an interview with Radio Nigeria in Abuja.
He said the collaborations are part of ongoing efforts of government to create wealth and jobs through the solid minerals sector.
“The NMDC is working very closely with the Defense Industries Corporation of Nigeria, the Nigerian Defense Academy, the University of Jos, the National Environmental Standards Regulatory Authority and the College of Education Akwanga,”
He added that the collaboration prioritizes the use of local content as a veritable tool for the industrialization of Nigeria.
The Director General also explained that the collaboration would fashion-out strategies that will lead to reduction in materials importation and cost of funding manpower development in Nigeria.
Prof Asuquo called on public and private institutions to take advantage of the potential of the Mineral Processing Plant available at the Centre.
He appealed to government to increase the budgetary allocation to centre, stressing that if budgetary allocation to the centre is increased, NMDC would be more enabled to realize the vision of becoming a leading research and development centre in Africa.
The Director-General lamented that Nigeria has spent so much on the importation of processed minerals.
He called on raw materials processing industries to patronize the Minerals Processing Pilot Plant at NMDC, Jos, adding that the Plant is a Federal Government-UNIDO collaborative plant, put in place by government for the processing of virtually all the minerals in Nigeria and the West African sub region.