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Carbonate Project: FG to provide guidelines


By Vivian Emoni
Abuja –  The Federal Government on Tuesday pledged to provide proper guidelines for a valuable data on carbonate rocks project across the country.
Mr Alex Nwegbu, the Director-General, Nigerian Geological Survey Agency (NGSA), said this at a two-day Pre-Field Workshop on Carbonate Rocks Project organised by the agency in Abuja.
Nwegbu explained that carbonate rocks are a class of sedimentary rocks composed of carbonate minerals.
He said that there are two major types of the carbonate rocks; namely limestone composed of calcite or aragonite and dolostone composing of the mineral dolomite.
He said that the aim of the workshop was to prepare the field workers on better information on how to handle the project.
He added that the workshop was also to provide reliable information to guide the stakeholders who are involved in the field for effective implementation of the project.
The director-general assured that the project would commence after the two-day workshop, adding that it is a short, medium and long term project.
He said that the stakeholders involved require proper details and better information on carbonate rock, adding that the workshop will give room for effective information gathering.
“So we have gathered the participants or stakeholders who are from various states, those who are involved in the project to give them the proper guidelines.
“The guideline is for them to know a better way to ensure that the participants will have accurate data about the project for effective implementation.
“The information will also direct them on what to be done to actualise the expectations of people who have given the agency the assignment,’’ he said.
Nwegbu said that the project was a collaborative effort by the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, and Cement Manufacturers` Association of Nigeria.
However, he advised the field workers to work with integrity and be conscious of their safety.
He said that the field work involved a lot of risks, adding that they should be wise by ensuring that they are mindful of the areas the project was being handled. (NAN)

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