The Ministry of Mines and Steel Development (MMSD) has facilitated the development of industrial minerals roadmap aimed at self sufficiency in construction materials and industrial raw materials in the country.
The minister of state for mines and steel development, Hon. Bawa Bwari said three strategic pathways were identified to guide the implementation of the roadmap for industrial minerals towards government’s vision for the Nigerian mining industry.
According to Bwari, “Limestone resources base of the country increase from 2.3 billion tonnes to 10.6 billion tonnes.
“It is found to occur in 14 states, comprising Sokoto, Gombe, Benue, Kogi, Edo, Oyo, Ogun, Cross River, Ondo, Plateau, Bauchi, Akwa-Ibom, Enugu and Ebonyi States.
Also, “an estimated 4.8 billion tonnes of marble was also found to occur in Nasarawa, Ondo, Edo, Oyo, Kogi, Kwara, Niger, Kebbi states and the FCT.
“Our fervent desire is to fulfill the mandate given to us; which is to develop the solid minerals sector into a veritable income stream, contributing at least 5% to the national GDP by 2025; in a well-diversified economy.
“We are confident that there are brighter days ahead for the mining industry. Our sights are set on the Nigeria that is emerging, which is a “Nigeria beyond Oil”; a Nigeria with a more diversified and stable economy,” he said.
He said that the most relevant industrial minerals exploited in Nigeria are minerals used by the construction industry, namely: limestone, late rite, sand, clay, shale, dolomite, and dimension stones (marble and granite blocks).
“A second relevant group includes minerals used by industrial chains (calcium carbonate and lime for water treatment, manganese and dolomite for steel making and iron cast, kaolin and feldspar for the ceramics industry, barite, and bentonite for the drilling/oil &gas industry, mica for the electrical and painting industries).
“The ministry facilitated the development of industrial minerals road map aimed at self sufficiency in construction materials and industrial raw materials.
The roadmap also, “Presents opportunities for the development of hydrated and quick lime for water treatment, dimension stones for construction as well as calcium carbonate, gypsum and kaolin for pharmaceutical, cosmetics, and other industries.
According to the minister, “three strategic pathways were identified to guide the implementation of the roadmap for industrial minerals towards government’s vision for the Nigerian mining industry.
“Promote the provision of construction minerals needed to meet the growing demands of the construction industry; promote the provision of industrial minerals used in sectors considered critical to Nigeria’s economy; maximize the potential of world class recognized deposit (dimension and quality) of industrial minerals, creating conditions to compete on quality and cost with global peers.”