Solid minerals has potential to generate 3 million jobs by 2017– NACCIMA




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Dutse  –   The Association Chambers Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) on Wednesday said solid minerals has potential to create three million by the year 2017.

The National President NACCIMA, Dr Bassey Edem, made this known at the 56th Annual the Chambers in Dutse.

Edem explained the statistics available, the sector could generate both direct and indirect three million in the country if adequately harnessed.

He said “as at 2014, the contribution the solid mineral sector to economy was only one per cent and there was the tendency it would
increase to five per cent in 2017 and increase to 10 per cent by year 2020.”

The chamber boss advised that a national policy on solid minerals should be developed to clearly prescribe the pattern of development, the roles of different sectors stated.

He disclosed that had identified seven strategic solid minerals to be prioritised and promoted for private participation and listed them as gold, coal, bitumen, limestone, iron ore, lead and barytes. (NAN)