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Mineral Exploration: FG Commends Progress Made At Kuchiko Camp

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The federal government has commended the pace of work on the mineral exploration project being handled by AG Vision Ltd at Kuchiko Camp in Niger State.

Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Abubakar Bawa Bwari, made the commendation while speaking to newsmen after inspecting the site yesterday.

He said, “This is the first phase of the exploration work, and based on what we have seen here today, the results are quite encouraginging.

“The platinum group that they have seen so far is of higher quality than that of South Africa which is the world’s largest producer of the platinum group, and that goes to show that Nigeria is highly endowed in this mineral, but what we are looking at is commercial quantity and value.

“I think by this exploration we are building a stronger foundation for the Nigerian mining industry and creating investors’ confidence whereby they would want to invest, having known what is on ground.”

Earlier in his address, the minister who noted that the project was aimed at creating readily available geoscience data bank and attracting investors, explained that it was part of the National Integrated Mineral Exploration Project which is costing federal government N15 billion, making it the biggest exploration activity of its kind ever embarked upon by the ministry.

He further stated that the project which is domiciled in the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency (NGSA) and supervised by the ministry is funded from the Natural Resources Fund.

Also speaking, the managing director of A. G. Vision, Fadi Abou Ghazale, who expressed gratitude to the Nigerian government for the opportunity given them, said they had run more than 3, 000 samples that had been sent to internationally- recognised labs and all the results showed that there were high anomalous zones of gold, lead and zinc, nickel, chromium, bromite, and cobalt.

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