Mr Obadiah Nkom, who is The General Manger of Nigerian Mining Cadastre Office, disclosed this on his visit to the Acting Governor of Kaduna state, Dr Hadiza Balarabe. Nkom, who led a team from the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, said that the survey will last for eight months.
Nkom said "We have mapped out 119 Local Government Areas to carry out the survey, it is to determine accurate mineral locations. The survey will enable the federal government to discover more solid minerals and promote investment in the sector and boost employment opportunities and wealth creation".
He said the Mineral Sector Support for Economic Diversification Project (MinDiver) is a World Bank-supported project under the ministry.
He also added that the FG picked Sanga and Jama'a LGAs in Kaduna State for the high-resolution airborne geographic survey.
This project is aimed at bringing more revenue to government, and to achieve extensive geological data collection with low flying aircraft with specialised survey equipment.
The same exercise will also be carried out across Kwara, Ekiti, Ondo, Osun, Oyo State, Ogun, Ebonyi, Enugu, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Niger, Kogi, Taraba, Benue, Plateau, Nasarawa, Bauchi and the FCT.
The Federal Government has urged people in the states and the local government areas where the survey will be carried out not to panic as a result of loud noise from flying aircrafts, they shouldn't think the opposite is about to happen, it's just a project that will be carried out.
He solicited the support of the Kaduna State Government to encourage citizens of the LGAs and the general public not to panic and also stakeholders to educate their people not to entertain unnecessary fear that may lead to tension in the communities.
"We will support with every available resources we have, there is alot of minerals which have not been tapped, we have to do proper mapping" he added.
Also contributing, the Managing Director, Kaduna Mining Development Company limited, Dr Muhammed Usaini commended the federal government for supporting Kaduna State to develop its potential in human resources.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that MinDiver initiative aims to strengthen the government in its role to establish a strong foundation for mining sector development, thereby enhancing its capacity as regulator and facilitator.
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