Saturday, 9 January 2016

GEOLOGICAL SURVEY AGENCIES OF U.S AND NIGERIA PLAN TO PARTNER ON SOLID MINERALS DEVELOPMENT

Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Minister of Solid Mineral Development
The United States (U.S.) Geological Survey and its Nigerian counterpart will soon commence strategic engagement aimed at working out suitable technical partnership between the two countries to develop the solid minerals sector.

The U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. James Enstwistle, who disclosed details of the engagement between the two countries’ geological survey agencies during a meeting with the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, in Abuja, said the two geological survey agencies would work on data collection with a view to determining the quantity of Nigeria’s mineral deposit.

According to him: “The U.S. Geological Survey will partner with the Nigerian agency to begin to see what kind of technical co-operation that might be possible, particularly in the areas which involve figuring out exactly what Nigeria has on ground, what quality and we want to see what is possible in that regard.”

Meanwhile, Fayemi at the meeting, which was also attended by the Minister of State in the ministry, Abubakar Bwari, had earlier hinted on the planned technical co-operation in geological data to improve the Nigerian solid minerals sector.

The minister said some of the issues confronting the Nigerian mining sector include the quality of the data available to determine the size of what the country has and how the country can use bankable data for potential investors.

The Federal Government, according to him, had approached the U.S. government to assist Nigeria in this area in order to determine the quality and quantity of the various minerals available considering the wealth of experience of the U.S. geological survey in that field.

He said the experience of the American institution in beneficiation would help Nigeria to improve on what it has in terms of its huge minerals deposit, adding that Nigeria is focusing on how to improve on industrial minerals beyond exporting raw materials. (Source: Guardian)