The federal government has discovered new gold deposits along the Abuja-Nasarawa axis.
The discovery was made through the National Integrated Mineral Exploration Project by the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development.
The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite. Adegbite made this public while playing host to the Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule, in Abuja.
In a statement by his media aide, Ayodeji Adeyemi, the Minister revealed the Ministry would develop the mineral resources in Nasarawa and that the ministry would avoid a repeat of the Zamfara experience; where bandits were largely in charge of the gold mining in that state.
“Nasarawa State is the home of solid minerals in Nigeria. We had an earlier discussion about recent discovery of precious minerals in the Nasarawa, Abuja axis.
“As you probably might be aware, we have been talking about this for a while. There is a programme we call NIMEP executed by the ministry where government has put about N15bn into exploration for minerals, one of which is gold.
“We have done this exploration across the country…We have discovered a very nice track of gold deposits, especially between Abuja and Nasarawa where we share borders.”
Adegbite allayed the concerns of the Nasarawa State Government about the menace of illegal mining in the state due to the large deposits of gold in the state; adding that the ministry was working with relevant security agencies to avert such unwanted activities.