The State Commissioner for Business Innovation and Technology, Dr. Kabir Mato in Kaduna State Granted 85 Operational Licenses to Investors
By Abdul Rahman Bangura–
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS (NABN) Freetown, Sierra Leone – Conveying his opening statements at the Business Expo during the 7th Kaduna Investment Summit which that kicks off at the Centenary Park in Kaduna on Thursday October 13th, 2022.
Remarked that, the state is adored with enormous mineral deposits found in all the 2023 local government areas of the state, saying, ” as of 2020, there were at least 85 mineral exploration licenses, 40 quarry licenses, 15 mining leases, and three small-scale mining leases active within the State.
Mato further “Some mineral deposits available in commercial quantities within the State include gemstones, gold, tantalite, columbite, manganese, lithium and nickel. He similarly asserted, the state has a mark for the mining sector to provide 15% to the state GDP and 18% to state IGR by 2025.
In his statements, the Emir of Zazzau, Ambassador Ahmed Nuhu Bamali, mumbled, the variation of mineral resources are yet untapped. He attracted attention of the state government to the desire to showcase the state’s mineral deposits to the international community.
“I would like to draw the attention of Kaduna Investment (KadInvest 7:0) to the need to do more in the solid minerals sector. When I was serving in Malaysia, I invited Kaduna and other states in Nigeria to participate in certain areas of investment, especially the solid minerals sector; this is one area that I feel is still untapped.
“We have all the minerals that you can think of in this state, there is a need for Kaduna State to wake up and join the international community because Thailand is the hub for expos on solid minerals, worldwide, people go to Thailand annually for the exhibition and that is where you meet strategic partners that will come and support what you do here, support in terms of machinery so that at least you have the technical machinery for processing because we have a very large deposit of a variety of precious stones,” he announced.
For New Africa Business News (NABN) Abdul Rahman Bangura Reports, Africa Correspondent