Alake commends Nasarawa for securing mining sites

The Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr Dele Alake, has commended Nasarawa state government for providing adequate security at mining sites in the state.

Alake who gave the commendation when Governor Sule visited him in his office in Abuja also lauded the state government for supporting the establishment of a world-class lithium processing facility, which was nearly completed in the state.

He said that the gesture demonstrated their commitment to developing the mining sector and boosting Nigeria`s Gross Domestic Product. (GDP).

“I want to commend the governor for taking the bull by the horn and providing adequate security for mining sites. That is why we have a preponderance of peace around mining operations in Nassarawa.

“I recommend that to other state governments as well. Also worthy of commendation is the immense support the state has provided for the ongoing construction of the lithium processing factory, which is nearing completion.

“ It will be one of the largest lithium processing factories in Nigeria, “ he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Federal Government, in 2023, carried out a ground breaking to commence the construction of a 250 million dollars lithium factory in Nassarawa.

He urged other states to emulate Nassarawa`s efforts in facilitating the value addition of minerals, which were expedient for the growth of the industry and for boosting Nigeria`s economic profile.

The minister had said that the government would give licence only to mining companies that would comply with value addition to mineral resources.

According to the minister, partnerships between the Federal Government and the private sector are crucial to ensuring the achievement of President Bola Tinubu`s objectives of value addition.

Speaking earlier, Governor Sule said that the first lithium processing plant in the country, located in the state, would soon be inaugurated.

He said that his visit was to discuss issues of insecurity around mining sites with the minister and to foster cooperation with the Federal Government on mining development.

He said that the state was collaborating with the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) for the utilisation of lithium produced by the state.

According to him, the raw material will be used for the production of solar panels, and motor vehicle batteries, among other applications.

“We had extensive discussions with NASENI for the use of our lithium as a raw material for their products and in the area of agriculture.

“I think that is one important thing that you are going to see from our Lithium processing plant.

“ NASENI comes in to buy the pure Lithium so that they can be used in the manufacture of solar panels and motor batteries. (NAN)

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