Artisanal miners to access solid mineral intervention fund in Kano
Kano State Government has concluded plans to facilitate the Federal Government’s Solid Mineral Intervention Fund to enhance the mining value chain and investment opportunity in the state.
Besides, the state has developed a policy framework to harmonise artisanal mining activities designed to upgrade the method of extracting the solid mineral.
Special adviser to the Governor on Solid Mineral, Hajia Balaraba Ibrahim, made the disclosure yesterday, during an interactive session with journalists on activities of her office.
She said that Kano could survive without the Federal Government if the deposited natural resources are properly explored.
Ibrahim who stressed that Kano is naturally endowed with an avalanche of solid mineral reserves that can sustain and boost the government’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), however, regretted that the sector was not getting the priority attention it deserved.
She said though the Federal Government reserves the absolute right on solid minerals, Ibrahim said the state, through her office, is working assiduously to create an enabling environment to artisan miners and investors to enhance economic activities in the host communities.
According to Ibrahim, part of the initiative of her office is the establishment of a cluster centre where artisan miners will be trained on modern techniques on cutting and polishing of gemstones, the capacity training would enhance their productivity and reduce resources required to cut the solid minerals in the far distance.
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