Nigeria is surely blessed with abundant natural resources even as the Federal government announced that new gold deposits had been discovered along the Abuja, Nasarawa axis through the National Integrated Mineral Exploration Project being undertaken by the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development.
Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite, made the disclosure while welcoming the Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule, in Abuja.
The minister in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday by his media aide, Ayodeji Adeyemi, told his guest that the FMMSD would develop the mineral resources in Nasarawa and will collaborate with relevant security agencies to avoid a repeat of Zamfara gold of blood which led to banditry.
He added that the NIMEP project which had cost the ministry N15bn had generated many geoscience data that had foreign investors excited about the mining prospects across the country.
Adegbite was quoted as saying, “Nasarawa State is the home of solid minerals in the country. We had an earlier discussion about recent discovery of precious minerals in the Nasarawa, Abuja axis.
“As you probably might be aware, we have been talking about this for a while; there is a programme we call NIMEP executed by the ministry where government has put about N15bn into exploration for minerals, one of which is gold.
“We have done this exploration across the country and we have discovered a very nice track of gold deposits especially between Abuja and Nasarawa where we share borders.”