The Sokoto State Government says it is committed to ensure a sustainable development of the urban and rural areas of the state.
Aminu Tambuwal said this at a two-day stakeholder’s sensitisation workshop in the mining sector for the North West geo-political zone on Wednesday in Sokoto.
Tambuwal, represented by Prof. Bashir Garba, Secretary to the State Government, said” before the development of oil, we have been getting all resources from coal which is also a solid mineral”.
“We tend to have abandoned the huge deposit of coal since the discovery of oil in the country; there are countries which still rely on solid minerals for their survival e.g Copper in Tunisia.
“Solid minerals have been in utilisation than petrol; in other words, all states in the country should try and discover their own solid mineral.”
The governor assured that the solid mineral developmental fund would support the stakeholders it it was well utilised.
Hajia Hadiza Goni, Acting Secretary, Solid Minerals Development Fund, said that the development of the mining sector had been one of the key change priorities of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari for economic diversification and growth.
Goni explained that before the discovery of oil in commercial quantity in Nigeria, mining sector was the mainstay of the economy and one of the major sources of revenue generation.
She said “unfortunately, in approximately 45 years decline of the country’s mining sector, we have been unable to articulate a framework upon which the sector would viably stand and operate.
“As such, we have missed out on various opportunities to capitalise on the up-surging of commodity process.”
Goni said that the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development had identified 45 different solid mineral types across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.
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