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Nickel Discovery in Kaduna: Ministry appeals to Nigerians to be Patient



Nickel Chunk

Nickel Chunk

The Ministry of Solid Minerals Development has appealed to Nigerians to be patient and allow it to come up with detailed report on the discovery of Nickel in Dangoma, a town in the North West area of Kaduna State.

This is contained in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mohammed Abbas.

According to the statement, since the first discovery many months ago, technical experts from the ministry have been following up on the development as provided by law.

“The ministry is aware of the excitement in the media about the discovery of Nickel in parts of Kaduna state. This is totally understandable considering the partial assay of the mineral assets referenced. The ministry is aware of the occurrence of the mineral in the area. We appeal to the general public to allow the Ministry to come up with detailed reports on the new find,” it said.

Yesterday, a private mining syndicate headed by mining industry veteran, Hugh Morgan was reported to have discovered nickel deposit in  Dangoma, a town in the North West area of Kaduna state.

According to Australian national news daily, The Australian:

The discovery is unusual because the nickel is found in small balls up to 3mm in diameter of a high purity in shallow soils in what could be the surface expression of a much bigger hard-rock nickel field,” the newspaper said.

The nickel balls, rumoured to grade better than 90% nickel and thought to be a world first given their widespread distribution, offer the potential for early cashflow from a simple and low-cost screening operation to fund a full assessment of the find that has exploration circles buzzing.

The report stated that details of the discovery are sketchy, but Morgan reportedly told reporters that it was for the Nigerian government to make an announcement.

Minister for Solid Minerals, Kayode Fayemi will be among the speakers at a three-day Africa Down Under mining conference at Perth’s Pan Pacific Hotel, Australia, in September.

Fayemi is to speak first on Wednesday, September 7, while Morgan will follow along with consulting geologist Louisa Lawrance.

Nickel oxidizes slowly at room temperature and is considered corrosion resistant. Historically, nickel has been used for plating iron and brass, coating chemistry equipment, and manufacturing certain alloys that retain a high silvery polish, such as German silver.

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  1. Buchi Obichie

    August 30, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Oh! Now there’s nickel in Kaduna. The NNPC is also working towards finding oil in the North. The Northerners may soon assent to restructuring the country!

    • Fleur

      August 30, 2016 at 1:54 pm

      Sorry Dogoma people. Welcome to the world of heavy metal contamination in dust, air, water, and soil. Prepare for elevated cancer risk, heavy metal allergies, exposure to co-occurring metals like lead and IQ deficits in children. Even in countries where there are laws, these problems just plague mining areas. Sorry. It is money but I also know the money will fly over your community by trucks carting them to big cities where the wealthy will expand their portfolios and live well at your expense.

    • zelda

      August 31, 2016 at 4:46 pm

      Its Kagoma

  2. Adio_Braimoh

    August 30, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    We (Nigeria) are enriched with untapped natural resources. There are more to come across. Nigeria is blessed!

  3. Tru

    August 30, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    I will be so so happy if mineral is discoverd in the North. It will mean massive industry and development all round. Honestly, God loves this country. We are just selfish, else we would have harnessed all the resources He has given us to benefit one another. Put anyone in power and it turns into a grabbing game.

    Oh well. Maybe someday…

  4. Madd at Mainstream

    August 30, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    The best resource still remains the human brain; let’s use it for a change

    • LemmeRant

      August 30, 2016 at 5:59 pm

      This just made my day.

    • Bimslavish

      August 31, 2016 at 5:12 pm

      God bless you

  5. Nwa nna

    August 30, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    I hope and pray that the North finds all the resources it needs to sustain its Arewa Republic goal and leave Nigeria in peace… Different religion, different beliefs, different culture, let the rest of Nigeria exist in peace and not pieces

    • Darius

      August 30, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      @Nwa, you are so stupid, naive and shallow. You should be ashamed of yourself. Who told you everybody from the north is a muslim?

    • nwa nna

      August 31, 2016 at 12:48 pm

      you’re quick to call me stupid,but yet remain in denial buddy.. You can continue with your delusion, doesn’t change the fact that the north is just a completely different beast in terms of intellectual capacity, beliefs, culture & religion etc compared to other parts of Nigeria… But no, all you chose to pick out of my list is religion & ignore the rest. Sigh, typically Nigerian.

      Nigeria as a country was a marriage of convenience created by Britain for their own selfish needs, spend some time learning your own history and then you’ll understand why Nigeria was fvcked from the get go.
      I’ve nothing against the north, I just want a country where my fellow citizens can coexist peacefully with people of similar beliefs, culture etc.
      Don’t worry Darius, we’ll grant peaceful Northerners like yourself visas to come visit and see the developments that your northern elites have denied you guys of even with the billions of dollars that have been allocated to your region over the years, don’t get me started on the billions of dollars looted by your northern leaders ????

  6. Philip Omojevwe

    August 31, 2016 at 2:07 am

    Thank God for the discovery. I applaud the effort of Mr minister of Solid minerals for its intensify effort toward harnessing the great potentials of Nigeria in Natural resources in the quest to take the Coimtry beyond it’s long dependency on oil, thereby fasttracking its commitment toward bringing to limelight the “Economy Diversification & transformation “agenda of Mr. President. Let all sectors and Ministries Contribute thier quota in ensuring the the Dreams and aspirations of Mr President toward stablizing Migeria’s ECOMOMY comes to reality…

  7. Nwosu

    August 31, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Still will not benefit the economy….it was discovered in our land but owned by an Australian company. I wish we would not let these foreigners control our land and resources. Out people in power only care about themselves and their pockets.

  8. Abdul-Rahman

    September 1, 2016 at 12:21 am

    Nwa! I see you are talking about peace and harmony in Nigeria. Now what kind of judgement will you give to your brothers in the south (VANDALS)and the rest???

  9. ismail

    September 1, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    this welcome development, we nothers will never repel any insult to any body, as they insult us we discover more resources God knows the best.

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