Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai on Wednesday disclosed that’ solid minerals from Kaduna State, is capable of attracting a revenue as much as 40 billion naira.
A confident El-Rufai was speaking at the Kaduna Economic and Investment Forum where he openly disclosed that gold in a single local government in Kaduna State is more than the entire gold found in the Republic of South Africa.
The Governor said the state was investing in mining gold which would help in improve the financial status of local miners in the state.
Here’s what El- Rufai said at the function:
“On solid minerals, you’ve seen the presentation, the minerals we have in Kaduna, but they missed out a very important mineral: gold,” he said.
“We’ve just confirmed that Kaduna state, indeed Birnin Gwari local government alone, has more gold than South Africa. This is proven, this is verifiable; we have all the data and we are collaborating with the federal ministry of solid mineral.”
“To ensure that we bring international companies that would invest billions of naira in Birnin Gwari, to exploit our gold and export it, so that Kaduna state and Nigeria gets the benefits.
“But more than that, these companies, would also take the local miners, and formalise them and train them, so that they would all continue to make money.
“This is the model we are pursuing and we think about 40 billion would be attracted in solid minerals.”