The minister made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
He said that Nigeria had hitherto abandoned the exploitation of the clay material that was being used for its production.
The minister said the country had the largest tile factories in West Africa, adding that it would begin the exportation of ceramic tiles just like it did with cement.
“We are hoping that very soon, we will make a declaration on production of ceramic tiles because all our efforts are aimed at industrial production and how to create jobs,’’ he said.
Sada said Nigeria had five privately owned ceramic tile factories, three of which were located in Lagos State, while one each was located in Cross River and Kogi respectively.
“We have the background information on clay deposits and other minerals we have to give these factories and potential investors to enhance the development of the minerals,’’ he said.
He explained that the Federal Government terminated its contract with Global Infrastructure on the ground that the company lacked the requisite competence in management.
“We have about six memoranda of understanding on the various rolling mills and the training school.