Kogi State Government has restated it’s resolves to promote and market the abundant mineral resources to the international community to attract investors to the State.
The State Commissioner of Solid Minerals, Hon Abubakar Mohammed Bashir, who disclosed this in an exclusive interview with Doing More Magazine, said plans are underway to market the State in popular international medium such as CNN, Skynews and Supersport channels.
He said the State is not only abundantly blessed, it also has a cherished history of being the State where a natural resource Ferro-nigerite was first discovered in the world.
“Nigerite as it was first called, is a mineral that occurs in quartz-sillimanite veins associated with stanniferous pegmatites. It was named after Nigeria, the country of its discovery. Its name was later changed to nigerite-6H then to nigerite-6T and in 2003 ferronigertie-2N1S was approved by the International Mineralogical Association”.
“Kogi State is naturally endowed with mineral resources. The State boasts of more than half of the mineral resources available in the country. Interesting, these resources are available in commercial quantity. It is, therefore, not surprising that in 1944, Geologists discovered a rare and unknown mineral in the Egbe district area.”
He gave the assurances that the administration of Gov Yahaya Bello is ever committed to providing a conducive environment for businesses to thrive, adding that the security architecture has been improved upon to provide a peaceful atmosphere.
He further disclosed that aside from the provision of adequate security, the government is prepared to give incentives to all investors that are prepared to establish in the State.
He, however, warned that the government would not condone any illegal activities in any form, particularly in the mining subsector.