Mohammed Amate, director-general Nigeria Mining Cadastre Office recently disclosed that six foreign mining companies and Dangote Group of Companies would commence mining of gold, iron ore, coal and lead/zinc in 2015.
The companies are Kogi Mines Limited, Segilola Nigeria Limited and Mines Geotechniques Nigeria Limited. Others include Northern Numero Resources Limited, West African Polaris Investment Limited and Tongyi Allied and Mineral Services Limited.
He explained that Kogi Mines, an Australia mining company based in Kogi has concluded exploration programmes, adding that it would commence mining of iron ore in the state in 2015.
He also said that the company has completed its four-year exploration and that it has delineated more than 500 million tonnes of iron ore.
For Segilola Nigeria Limited, Amate said that the company would also begin mining of gold in Iperindo area of the IIesha Schist belt of Osun, as the company had also carried out the same exercise and delineated more than one million ounces of gold in the area.
Similarly, Mines Geotechniques Nigeria Limited and Northern Numero Resources Limited, both Australian companies, would begin mining of gold this year in Kebbi, as the federal government, last year, signed a memorandum of understanding with them to commence mining in the state.
Dangote would conclude its coal exploration in 2015 and it is expected to immediately commence mining of coal in Kogi and Benue.
Amate said that Dangote had been working towards commencing coal mining in both states, adding that the company held mining titles covering limestone, coal and gypsum.
The DG said West African Polaris Investment Limited, a Chinese company, would commence mining of tin and Columbite in Nasarawa State, while Tongyi Allied and Mineral Services Limited, another Chinese company, would begin mining of lead/zinc in Wasa, Plateau State. Amate stated that the two companies would commence major mining operation in various locations in the two states as they have delineated their reserves.
He further said that 169 small-scale mining companies had already begun mining gemstone, gold, lead/zinc, Columbite/tantalite among others across the country.
Amate advised the miners to carry out their operations legally, pay their fees promptly to the government as well as reclaim mines sites after activities as provided by the law. He also warned miners not to discharge any harmful materials into the environment as that could pose danger to lives.
“If you are discharging anything you make sure that you discharge safely. You make sure you check the acidic, PH value. Do not discharge anything harmful,” he warned.
Amate said Nigeria had been losing a lot of money to illegal mining but the government has put in place measures to checkmate the challenge. “A lot of gemstones are being smuggled and a lot of other minerals are being smuggled out of this country,” he said.

Johnson Alabi
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