FG makes groundbreaking discovery of high quality platinum mineral in Niger

FG makes groundbreaking discovery of high quality platinum mineral in Niger

- A high quality platinum mineral has been discovered in the Kuchiko village in Suleja, Niger state

- The revelation was made by the minister of state, mines and steel development, Alhaji abubakar Bwari on Monday, April 7

- Bwari said that the quality of the discovery was higher than that of South Africa, regarded as the highest deposit of the mineral in the world

The federal government say it has discovered high quality of platinum group elements in a village in Niger.

Alhaji abubakar Bwari, the minister of state, mines and steel development, announced this on Monday, April 7, at the groundbreaking ceremony of AG vision mining site in Suleja local government area of the state.

Bwari said that the large mineral deposit was discovered at Kuchiko village in Suleja. He added that the quality of the discovery was higher than that of South Africa, regarded as the highest deposit of the mineral in the world, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

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“A preliminary report by the company shows high deposit of minerals we are looking for. From what we have seen, the results are quite encouraging. The platinum group they have seen so far, the quality we have is higher than that of South Africa. And they are world largest producer of platinum group metal.

“That goes to show that Nigeria is highly endowed with this mineral. But what we are looking for now is the commercial viability of the mineral,’’ he said.

He said that the discovery was made by AG vision mining, awarded the exploration project in 2018.

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He said that the federal government had earmarked N15 billion for exploration of minerals in Nigeria to generate detailed geoscience data of quality and quantity of available minerals in the country.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Nigeria was on course to generating 30 megawatts of electricity from coal in 2019, the ministry of mines and steel development has announced.

The ministry made the announcement in a document released by the minister of state in the ministry, , given to newsmen in Abuja on Sunday, January 20.

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