Plan is underway to provide logistic and technical assistance to state government in their bid to invest in the mining sector.
The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, disclosed this in Abuja while speaking to Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, on diversification plan of the Federal government to better realise states involvement in mining ventures, among other things that would reposition the state.
Dr Fayemi said the Ministry’s budget for 2017 has captured exploration, reclamation of mining sites and organisation of artisanal miners, among other things that would reposition the sector.
“We want successful projects at state level, it will help us to showcase our seriousness in becoming a mining nation” ,
The Minister commended Governor Umahi for making Ebonyi state a mining destination, saying that the state is a model for others to emulate.
He also assured the governor that the Ministry has put together an environmental team to work on reclamation of mining sites for the welfare of the host communities.
Speaking on Agriculture, Governor Umahi stated that Nigeria would generate more revenue from mining, adding that more countries are looking towards Nigeria because of mineral recourses.
Ebonyi State Governor said the state is willing to partner with UNIDO and the Federal Government to mine its huge deposit of salt and limestone.