Governor Abdullahi Sani has pledged to work with the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure to add value to the solid minerals in the state.
Sani made the pledge when the Executive Vice- Chairman of NASENI, Prof Mohammed Haruna, visited him on Friday, according to a statement made available to our correspondent in Abuja on Sunday by Deputy Director, Information, at NASENI, Mr Segun Ayeoyenikan.
The governor said the location of NASENI’s Solid Minerals Machinery and Equipment Development Institute in Nasarawa State was strategic to the mining sector.
He pledged to continue with the existing collaboration between the state government and NASENI to develop the Solid Minerals Machinery and Equipment Development Institute.
The governor said the solid minerals potential of Nasarawa State was enormous. He added that the attention of the new administration would not shift from investing and developing the sector.
Sani gave the assurance that the state government would immediately complete the landscaping project and provide road networks for the entire 20-hectare permanent site of the institute in order to fast-track the development of the various mining process facilities as contained in SOMMEDI plan.
He also said he was committed to collaborating with NASENI to deploy the agency’s solar power capacity for the supply of electricity to the state’s general hospitals and street lights in rural areas, towns and cities within the state.
SOMMEDI was established among other things to provide capacity building and development in the areas of solid minerals development and processing, solid minerals machinery and equipment design, development and production.
This is expected to guarantee value addition and create a chain of businesses in the sector. The institute also was set up to provide consultancy services, chemical analysis of minerals, exploration of mining geology, mine plan, processing and test design.