Industrialising the rubber sub-sector in Nigeria

November 1, 2021 Blueprint 0

‘No rubber, No Nigeria’ is a popular mantra among stakeholders in the rubber sub-sector in Nigeria. It is indeed an unassailable fact that the rubber sub – sector has tremendous potentials to help in reviving the economy of the country. Rubber, which used to be the fourth largest foreign exchange earner for Nigeria after crude oil, hide and skin and Read More

Lead pit collapse kills 3 illegal miners in Benue

September 29, 2021 John Shiaondo 0

No fewer than three persons, Tuesday, died while one other was injured when a Lead mining pit collapsed in Anyiin, Logo local government area of Benue state. Chairman of the area, Comrade Terséer Agbe, disclosed to journalists in an interview, saying the miners refused to heed to several warnings from the council to stop their activities. He said the miners Read More

Ministry pledges support to Kaduna on mineral resources development

September 27, 2021 Ayoni M. Agbabiaka 0

Ministry of Mines and Steel Development has pledged its support to the development of mineral resources in Kaduna state. Minister of State Mines and Steel Development Dr Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah said this during his address at the 2021 Kaduna State Economic and Investment Summit, Kadinvest, with the theme “Towards Sustainable. Knowledge-Based Economy,” on Friday. He stated that the Ministry has Read More

The proposed death penalty for gold smugglers

September 21, 2021 Blueprint 0

Apparently, worried over the nation’s loss of over $9 billion to illegal mining, the federal government last week proposed capital punishment for private jet owners who aid and abet gold smuggling in Nigeria. This, certainly, is the panacea for the criminal act. Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development Dr. Uche Ogah, made this known at an investigative hearing Read More

Buhari determined to complete Ajaokuta steel plant, group assures

September 20, 2021 Oyibo Salihu 0

Despite the seeming delay in the commencement of work towards the completion of the Ajaokuta steel plant, a group under the aegis of ‘Righteous On-lookers Association’ has expressed optimism that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration will keep to its promise to revitalise the steel plant in Kogi state. The patron of the group, Alhaji Ahmed Adok, who gave the assurance in Read More

UK to partner Nasarawa govt on agricultural devt

September 8, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The British government, Wednesday, said it would partner Nasarawa state government on  agriculture and infrastructure development to improve economic development of the State. The British High commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, disclosed this when she paid a two-day official visit to Nasarawa state government.She said the visit was a follow-up to the visit by state government to British High Commission in Read More

Dangote leads in solid mineral royalty payment in 2019 – NEITI

July 15, 2021 Blessing Anaro 0

The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), in Lagos has revealed that Dangote Cement Plc contributed 25.40 per cent of the Royalties received from Nigeria’s solid mineral sector with a payment of N635.52 million, in the year 2019. NEITI, said overall, Nigeria earned a total of N79.9 billion from the solid minerals its latest audit report showed. The report was Read More

North-east stakeholders demand creation of Savannah state

May 30, 2021 Editor 0

The two-day zonal public hearing of the Senate on the review of the 1999 Constitution, Thursday, ended with stakeholders from the North-east demanding the creation of additional states, 25 per cent derivation, gender equality, free and compulsory education, among others. The exercise was organised by the Upper Chamber in 12 centres across the country to collate the views of Nigerians Read More

Miners raise dust over double taxation

May 10, 2021 Ayoni M. Agbabiaka 0

In a related development, the Minister of State Mines and Steel Development Dr Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah during a meeting with stakeholders in Akwa Ibom, enjoined operators to ensure they always obtain the relevant licences and pay due royalties to the federation account to enable government meet its obligations to the citizens. Ogah noted that with the eight mineral resources in Read More

Expo 2021: As RMRDC clinches overall prize via talc…

March 25, 2021 Editorial IV 0

At the just concluded Science Technology (FMST) Exposition Fair 2021, the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) again emerged over-all best, winning top prize in the Research Institutes category on talc. BINTA SHAMA reports. The Council’s research on production of Industrial material the RMRDC Pharmaceutical Grades Talc from Talc Ore won the top prize in a category which included Read More