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FG to build mineral processing clusters for lead, zinc development

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The Federal Government has unveiled plans to build mining processing clusters for the development of lead and zinc across the six geo-political zones in six months, as part of efforts to cushion the negative economic impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Uchechukwu Ogah, made this known yesterday at Egu-Ogwu community, Uburu, in Ohaozara Council of Ebonyi State during an inspection of the site for South East.

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He noted that Buhari initiated the projects to cushion the economic impact of the pandemic on small-scale miners.

Egu-Ogwu Community site was chosen by the Federal Government for the establishment of artisanal and small-scale mineral processing clusters for the development of lead and zinc for the South East region.

The land, which covers about 60 hectares, was donated by the state.

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“The President is ready and has shown continual commitment in completion of projects he initiated in office, including the building of the Artisanal and Small-Scale Mineral Processing Clusters in the six geo-political zone.

“So, very soon, work will start at all the sites and we are targeting to complete these projects in six months, for the people of the South East and other geo-political zones in the country.

“The initiative was President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s swift response to curtail and sustain the nation’s economy as a result of the impact of COVID-19 in the country,” he explained.

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