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Alake, Nasarawa Governor strengthen collaboration on advancement of mining sector

L-R: Senator Umaru Tanko Al-Makura; Dr. Oladele Alake, Honourable Minister for Solid Minerals Development; and Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State, During a Courtesy Visit to Alake's  Office in Abuja, FCT       Photo: State House

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Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Dr. Oladele Alake, Honourable Minister fir Solid Minerals Development, has described the Nasarawa State of Nigeria as a worthy partner in the drive towards developing mineral resources in the state in particular and Nigeria at large.

Speaking while receiving Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State Thursday, January 18, 2024, in his office, Dr. Alake stated Governor Sule has provided immense support for the Lithium factory undergoing construction in Nasarawa State.

Segun Tomori, Special Assistant on the Minister on Media in a statement issued Thursday, January 18, 2024, noted the Minister emphasised that the state has led the way in fostering partnership with the Federal Government for solid minerals development.

“The Governor has been very supportive of the solid minerals sector, not because his state is a solid minerals state, but because he’s an engineer, he is a technical person. “He understands the dynamics of the sector, and I commend his efforts,” Alake stated.

 

Governor gives update on building a lithium factory in Nasarawa

Speaking during the meeting in Abuja, Governor Sule applauded the Minister for leading the charge for the resurgence of the mining sector and facilitating the state’s acquisition of gold, tin, and lithium mining licences.

The governor noted that his visit was to brief Alake on the ongoing construction of the gigantic lithium factory and also compare notes on what the ministry is doing to secure mining sites and develop the mining sector in the country.

He stated: “I want to show great appreciation to the Honourable Minister because recently, Nasarawa state obtained three licenses.

“One is an area where there is a possibility of gold deposit, another area where there is lithium deposit, and the third site where there is a tin deposit.”

Sule further said: “I come from the private sector, and I understand how the public sector doesn’t become so efficient in the management of this venture, so we have Public Private Partnerships (PPP) arrangements.

“Which implies we are going to have partners and we have some level of equity participation that will ensure the state gets maximum benefits.”

Besides, Dr. Alake revealed that discussions with the governor equally touched on the unfortunate explosions in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

The Minister stressed as investigation into the deadly incident continues, the Federal Ministry of Solid Minerals Development is very circumspect in laying a cause at a very specific doorstep.

He stated:

“We cannot be categorical about a cause now. We have quite a number of reports flying all over the place.

“We cannot rely on speculation, so we have to wait for an efficient forensic analysis of the unfortunate incident.”

According to him, this also underscores the security around our country, generally, which Mr. President has been very fastidious about.

Alake noted: “There was a committee that was set up at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) yesterday (Wednesday) to coordinate security around our natural resources, including minerals, forests, and the marine economy.

“The committee will start meeting from tomorrow, and we will be giving updates.”

On Governor Abdullahi Sule’s entourage to the Minister’s office were former Governor Tanko Al-Makura, Attorney-General of Nasarawa State, Abdulkarim Kana, among others.

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