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FG, Nasarawa collaborate on gold mining along FCT boundary

Apr, 2021 | By Nkechi Isa | ||

Federal Government (FG) is collaborating with Nasarawa State Government to ensure security around areas known to have gold deposits along the boundary of Nasarawa and Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Minister for Solid Minerals Development, Architect Olamilekan Adegbite, disclosed this when he hosted Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule in his office recently.

According to the Minister, FG has expended N15 billion on minerals exploration across the country, under the ministry's National Integrated Mineral Exploration Project, with traces of gold deposits discovered between Nasarawa and Abuja. He further disclosed that already FG is marketing the data gathered from the exploration project internationally with investors showing interest to come in and mine gold after proper licensing.

The Minister, however, raised concern over perceived illegalities associated with gold mining, especially banditry, as currently happening in Zamfara State where the state government has to place a ban on gold mining activities. Architect Adegbite said FG is taking adequate measures to prevent banditry and other illegalities along the gold sites on the Nasarawa-FCT boundary. "We want to nip this in the bud; we don't want banditry to come to Nasarawa and Abuja on the trail of gold, as is happening in Zamfara unfortunately. "We don't want a repeat of that in Nasarawa; so we are going to be working with security agencies and possibly including the military, to make sure that we prevent such occurrence in this axis," the Minister said.

Thanking the Governor for his frequent visits to the Ministry, the Minister said he has been discussing the matter with Governor Sule, stressing that the Ministry is taking steps to prevent banditry in this axis. He promised to also nip in the bud any undesirable goings-on in the axis. Responding, Governor Sule thanked the Minister as well as the FG for undertaking the minerals exploration exercise across the country and the amount of data generated from the exercise.

The Governor said his administration strongly believed that the future of the country is in minerals, not necessarily in oil and gas anymore, stressing that as Nigeria deviates from oil and gas gradually, the nation is going into minerals. According to Governor Sule, God has blessed Nigeria such that every state has one form of mineral deposit or the other ''and it will not be the issue of 'you have, we don't have', like under the oil regime.'' To this end, the Governor said his administration is working hard to ensure public safety, safety of mining site as well as guarantee that whatever activity is going there is being done legally.

The Governor, however, expressed concern over ongoing illegal gold mining activities in Uke, Karu Local Government Area, urging the Minister to send a team to that area to find out the situation of things. "We are concerned about the safety of our people because, as you rightly mentioned, we don't want to create similar situation in Zamfara State, especially in a Local Government Area that shares the same boundary with the FCT," the Governor stated.

News Update

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According to the Minister, FG has expended N15 billion on minerals exploration across the country, under the ministry's National Integrated Mineral Exploration Project, with traces of gold deposits discovered between Nasarawa and Abuja


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