Alhaji Bello Goronye, the Sokoto State Commissioner for Solid Minerals and Natural Resources Development, at a press briefing celebrating the Gov. Aminu Tambuwal’s two-year stay in office announced that the state would get six million dollars from the World Bank to improve the mining sector.
Goronyo said the state government under its Solid Minerals Intervention Funds would access the money as it was a good omen for the state, noting that the move was one of the state’s government plans to invest in the mining sector for socio-economic development in Sokoto.
The commissioner also said that the state government had employed 30 Geoscience experts to help in the mining sector.
“The ministry had also trained sixty-nine stakeholders on gemstone cutting and polishing in Kaduna state,” adding that the training was conducted with support from the Bank of Industry.
“Moreover, arrangements have reached advanced stage for the establishment of fertilizer production plant under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement at the total cost of N5 billion.
“This is proposed to manufacture NPK and SPP fertilizer, which are in high demand in the market, as our abundant phosphate and other local raw materials available in the state, input in fertilizer production,” Goronye said.
Goronyo disclosed that the ministry which has sophisticated facilities to boost businesses and operations had achieved successes since its inception in 2012 and would make mining of all available mineral deposits in the state its priority.
“Solid minerals sector remained the most viable and one of the best options to diversify the Nigerian economy and increase the revenue base of the nation.
“The present administration under Gov. Aminu Tambuwal has given all the necessary support and assistance towards achieving this objective,” the commissioner said.