Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state boasts of the rich mineral deposits in the state, saying Birnin Gwari local government alone, has more gold than South Africa.
This valuable and very scarce commodity can be found in several states of the federation, in states like Zamfara, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger, Kogi and Osun states among others.
Nasir El-Rufai also said solid minerals would attract as much as N40 billion as investment in mining gold as well as focus on the local miners and help them improve and make money. He revealed this on Wednesday while speaking at the opening of the Kaduna economic and investment forum in the state.
El-Rufai confirms that Kaduna state, especially Birnin Gwari local government alone, has more gold than South Africa, saying it is proven, and verifiable with all the data available and that the state is collaborating with the federal ministry of solid mineral.
The Governor is optimistic that this will bring international companies who would invest billions of naira in Birnin Gwari, to exploit the gold and export it, so that Kaduna state and Nigeria gets the benefits. Also, these companies would take the local miners, and formalize them and train them, so that they would all continue to make money.
El-Rufai said the state which also boasts of the best ginger in the world, was leveraging on its agricultural prowess investing N5 billion naira for ginger production and providing interest free loans for farmers in the state.
According to him, the state intends to borrow N2.1 billion from the central bank for the rice anchor programme as included in the budget, which will enable the state government to access funds from the central bank at one percent interest.
On gold and mineral mining in the country, recall that earlier in the year, the Director-General of the Nigeria Mining Cadastre Office, Mohammed Amate, had said seven mining firms were mobilizing the required financing from the capital market to undertake full-scale gold, coal, iron-ore and lead/zinc mining this year.
The seven firms include; Dangote Group, Kogi Mines Limited, Segilola Nigeria Limited, Mines Geotechniques Nigeria Limited, Northern Numero Resources Limited, West African Polaris Investment Limited and Tongyi Allied and Mineral Services Limited.