The Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dele Alake, has affirmed the commitment of the federal government to collaborate with states in order to effectively tap into the solid mineral resources of Nigeria.
During a courtesy visit by Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State on Friday in Abuja, Mr Alake assured that the ministry would work closely with governors to maximize the socio-economic potential of the country’s mineral resources.
Acknowledging the significance of Nasarawa State in the development of the mineral sector, Mr Alake stated that efforts were underway to establish the necessary mechanisms. He further emphasized the importance of ensuring that Nigeria derives optimal benefits from its abundant mineral wealth, which he described as the nation’s next petroleum.
The Minister emphasized the need for effective synergy and coordination in all aspects of mineral exploration, exploitation, and the judicious utilization of resources. He expressed gratitude to Governor Sule for the visit, highlighting the importance of federal-state partnerships to foster robust development in the sector.
Governor Sule, in turn, expressed confidence in Mr Alake’s appointment, stating that it would be beneficial for the entire country.