States Can Explore Solid Minerals In Their Area If –Fayemi

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Fayemi
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Mines and Steel Development Minister, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has disclosed that the 36 states in Nigeria can now explore mineral deposits in their domains, provided the exploration does not interfere with locations already given to other stakeholders.
Fayemi said this when he received the Lagos State Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Wale Oluwo, and his team from the state to seek an audience with the minister on the mineral resources in the state.
Though he acknowledged that the Federal Government has the sole rights to explore mineral resources in the country, he however pointed out that the constitution encourages states to either set up their own investment corporations or partner private investors to explore minerals resources in their various domains.
Speaking the commissioner listed some of the mineral resources in the state which are in large quantity to include: silica, clay, limestone and others.
According to him, “We estimate that we have limestone in the region of 12 million metric tonnes around the Epe area. We also estimate that we have silica sand of up to 200 billion cubic metric tonnes around the Ibeju-Lekki area. And the third one, which is clay, is about 180 billion cubic metric tonnes around the Lagos East.
He continued, “We’ve been carrying out various geological surveys, both aerial and on the ground, and we believe that data is key. So, when you are in a position to make that decision as to gathering data with respect to where solid minerals can be identified, we are assuring you that in Lagos, we will put our resources behind your efforts.”