The Minister who disclosed this on Tuesday when he received Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, in his office, said the diversification plan of the government would be better realised with states’ involvement in mining ventures.
“We want successful projects at state level. It will help us to showcase our seriousness in becoming a mining nation”, said Fayemi, who lauded Governor Umahi’s commitment to tapping the mineral deposits in his state.
Dr. Fayemi, who together with the Minister of State, Hon. Abubakar Bawa Bwari, received Governor Umahi, said the ministry’s budget for 2017 has captured exploration, reclamation of mining sites and organisation of artisanal miners, among other things that would reposition the sector.
The Minister commended Governor Umahi for making Ebonyi State a mining destination, saying that the state is a model for others to emulate. He assured the governor that the Ministry has put together an environmental team to work on reclamations of mining sites for the welfare of the host communities.
Governor Umahi had earlier stated that beyond agriculture, Nigeria would generate more revenue from mining, adding that more countries are looking towards Nigeria because of the mineral resources.
Governor Umahi said the state is willing to partner with UNIDO and the Federal Government to mine its huge deposit of salt and limestone.