Minister lauds Nigeria’s mineral assets
Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Abubakar Bawa Bwari has described the quality of Nigeria’s mineral assets, especially the nation’s tin ore as one of the best in the world market.
The minister who received the directors of RHAS Construction Company Nigeria Limited in his office recently, noted that if the mineral resources in the country were well harnessed, Nigeria wouldn’t be where it is today. According to him, ‘’We were doing so well in tin, coal and columbite before the discovery of oil made us ignore the sector, now we have to go back to where we started and today in the world market tin is doing better than oil.
‘’ He urged those operating in the sector, especially those working in some of the troubled zones not to be discouraged by the challenges, assuring that the ministry is willing to give them all the necessary support needed.
He added that there are a number of facilities, like the support facility provided by the World Bank assisted MinDiver programme, that a company like theirs can key into. “We will assess you and if you meet some of our requirements you get to benefit from that very supportive programme,” he said.
He commended the company for working in the North East with its special security challenges at the moment when many other business have folded, saying this shows great commitment and thus deserving of every support.