Director-General, Nigeria Mining Cadastral Office, Mr. Obadiah Simong Nkom delivering his speech at the Government House. Photo: Aminu Dalhatu
The federal government will embark on an Airborne Geophysical Survey activity in the 19 states of the Federation covering 112 local governments areas to determine accurate minerals location by using the modern-day aeromagnetic mechanism.
Director-General, Nigeria Mining Cadastral Office, Mr. Obadiah Simong Nkom announced this during a working visit to the Acting Governor of Kaduna State, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe at Government House Kaduna.
Mr. Obadiah Nkom said noted that the states to be covered by the survey are; Kaduna, Kwara, Ekiti, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Ogun, Ebonyi, Enugu, Cross-River, Akwa-Ibom, Niger, and Kogi.
According to him, the survey would be conducted through the Mineral Sector Support for Economic Diversification project, a World Bank assisted project under the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development.
Mr. Obadiah Simon told the Deputy Governor that the Airborne Geophysical Survey would be conducted in Sanga and Jema’a local government areas of Kaduna State, noting that the survey which commences next month, would last for 8 months across the selected 19 states.
The Managing Director also revealed that the survey would involve flying small aircraft at low altitudes over the local government areas, and called on residents where the exercise will be conducted not to panic, noting that the purpose of the survey was to use modern-day aeromagnetic mechanism to determine the accurate mineral location in the concerned local government areas.
Mr. Obadiah Nkong further stated that the Federal government has developed a roadmap for the growth and development of the mining sector, he, however, gave an assurance that the survey would lead to the discovery of several minerals in various parts of the country with a view promote investments in the sector and boost employment opportunities, wealth and more revenue to Governments.
He, however, emphasised the need for the state government to assist in sensitising residents of the two local government areas especially traditional and religious leaders, farmers, and other members of the public to avoid misinformation and unnecessary fears that may lead to tension.
The acting governor of Kaduna State, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe who expressed the belief that more minerals would be discovered for the Socio-economic development of the state and the country in general at the end of the exercise and commended the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development for the initiative, assured to provide the necessary support needed to achieve the desired objective of the survey.