The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has called on investors in the solid minerals sector to take advantage of mineral deposit, peaceful environment and strategic location of the state to grow their businesses.
Governor Ahmed made the call on Tuesday in Ilorin while declaring open a day workshop organised by the Ilorin Chapter of the Nigerian Mining and Geo-sciences Society (NMGS).
The governor who spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Solid Minerals, Abdulrahman Sheu disclosed that the state has a significant proportion of minerals and precious metals in commercial quantities.
Governor Ahmed said his administration is focused on exploiting these solid minerals to form the base for industrial development in the state and diversify the economic base.
According to him, plans are in place to support artisans and small-scale miners to upgrade their operations by giving them access to Small and Medium Scale Enterprises loans.
Governor Ahmed also commended the NMGS for its contribution towards sensitising the public on the need to fully develop the mineral resources in Nigeria as well as safeguarding the interest of its members.
Also speaking, the National President, Nigerian Mining and Geo-sciences Society, Professor Silas Dada called for improved sensitisation in unlocking potentials in the solid minerals sector, saying that the sector has capacity to create massive job opportunities.
Professor Dada encouraged professionals to be active in playing their roles in developing the sector for sustainable growth and development of the country.
In his remarks, the Chairman, Ilorin Chapter of the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society, Professor Olusola Ojo explained that the theme for the workshop Unlocking the investment opportunities in Kwara State through solid minerals development was carefully chosen in view of the current drive by the federal and state governments to diversify the economy towards sustainable development.
Professor Ojo maintained that the future of the extractive industry is dependent on quality data gathering, cutting edge management of data and real time right policies which could be achieved through capacity building and continuous training of young practitioners.
The workshop has in attendance professionals from academic, industries and government establishments.
Source: Voice of Nigeria