President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government to diversify Nigeria’s economy has received a major boost with the discovery of coal deposit in commercial quantity Sokoto State.
This discovery boosts Sokoto’s share of solid minerals awaiting exploration by the authorities.
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal while speaking during a capacity building workshop on Special Purpose Vehicles (SPV)s for beneficial participation of state governments in mining, jointly organised by the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development and the Sokoto Ministry of Solid Minerals and Natural Resources Development, said the state government has already engaged a Chinese company to make research on the available mineral resources, determine their locations and their commercial viability.
He said the company has presented the first phase of its findings and identified 20 varieties of solid minerals.
On coal, the government said the Cement Company of Northern Nigeria (CCNN), otherwise known as Sokoto Cement and owned by the BUA Group, has started using the substance as a source of energy in operating its plant.