Awards N15billion contract for gold, lead
Minister of State, Mines and Steel, Abubakar Bwari, has said Nigeria still imports an estimated $3.3 billion worth of steel and associated derivatives annually.
Bwari said at the 16th Edition of Mines and Money, in London, that Nigeria needed about 17 million tonnes of steel, but local production of the products was a mere 2.2 million per annum.
According to him, the iron and steel sector offers opportunities for foreign investors to invest, especially since no industrialisation can take place without the product.
“In the past five years, Nigeria has held a frontline position amongst the exporters of tin concentrates globally, and in the process of establishing a platform for trading tin concentrates.”
He disclosed that government has awarded N15billion worth contract to five firms for the exploration of priority minerals like gold, lead, zinc, iron ore, and rare earth metals.