The Federal Government would develop coalas an alternative sources of power generation, said the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Alhaji Musa Sada.
This was contained in a statement issued by Mr Marshall Gundu, the Head of Press Unit, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, in Abuja on Tuesday.
The statement quoted the Sada as saying that the plan was in a bid to address inadequate power supply problem in the country. It said the minister spoke when he visited the Kaduna State Deputy Governor, Mr Patrick Yakowa. The statement said the Federal Government had put in place measures to actualise the plan by inaugurating a multi-sectoral committee on coal powered plants.
According to it, the coal deposits in Kogi and Enugu States will be utilised for the coal-powered plants. It said available data on coal deposits showed that the estimated reserves were attractive to foreign investors.
â€œThe ministry has formalised the Artisanal and Small Scale Mining sector as part of efforts to curb illegal coal mining. This development has aided the disbursement of grants from the World Bank to recognised miners,â€ it said.
Yakowa in his response was quoted as stressing the need for the government to rehabilitate the Ajaokuta Steel Company Ltd. It said that the Kaduna State Government had established the Ministry of Solid Minerals to develop the sector and create jobs. It will be recalledÂ that Yakowa served as Minister of Solid Minerals from 1998 to 1999