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NGSA completes mapping of Nigerian minerals

By Luka Binniyat
THE Nigerian Geological  Survey Agency (NGSA) has completed 100% mapping of all the types and distribution of Nigerian solid minerals, and foreign mining firms  have been besieging the NGSA to purchase the new information.

Known as Airborne Geophysical Survey Digital Data, it captures basic data and information on types, occurrence and spread of all the Mineral under  Nigerian soil using state_of_the_art technology to capture them.

Before now, miners relied on obsolete information or outright guess to prospect and mine for minerals.Beside Tin and Columbite mining on the Jos plateau which flourished for almost a century but died in the mid_seventies, most mining of metal and non metal mineral was done with no accurate study of the mineral reserve.

But, with the new Maps, the NGSA office  in Abuja, and its  regional offices, now see scores of foreign mining firms rushing to buy the new data, a Source at the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development told Vanguard yesterday.

In March 2008, the Federal Government celebrated  the completion of the first phase of the project which revealed new mineral finds  in Ogun state. The are: Phosphate and Polymetalic mineral in Ifo and Ijebu_North Local Government Areas  of the state In that first phase, according to Vanguard findings, 24 states were covered with more than  more than 826,000 line kilometres covered by the Fugro – the contractor .|

But, now Vanguard can show that $12 million project has been completed and  would soon be presented to investors and the general public.

“The new mineral maps”, the  source said, “has many surprises for investors”, he said.“In places where we thought we had certain mineral, the new digital information shows that they don’t occur as such. And in some places unknown for certain minerals, we have established their presence there”, he said.

“With the new mineral maps, a Mining Act in place and a Mining Policy and Regulation working  we soon going into a mining renaissance”, he said.

“You are aware that about 800 mining titles have been freed last month from  investors who showed no interest in mining, rather than speculating ”, he said.

“These leases and licences are now for grabs. Serious investors can now assess these maps and apply for the specific mineral titles they want and they are sure that they would find what they want”, said the source.

“by our own estimate, mining would create hundreds of thousands of jobs before 2015 at the rate we are going”, he said.
“Fugro had  to  acquire and process approximately 1,000,000 line kilometers of fixed wing airborne magnetic and radiometric data over Nigerian part of the  Chad Basin, Central Nigeria,  Adamawa & Cross River Basins as well as  Sokoto & Niger Delta basins”, said the source.

The project is  financed from a mining a grant given Nigerian by the World Bank. It was managed by the Sustainable Management of Mineral Resources Project office  on behalf of the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development.


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