By John Ikani
The Federal Government of Nigeria is to begin Airborne Geophysical Survey in 19 states of the Federation.
This was made known by the General Manager, Nigerian Mining Cadastre Office, Mr Obadiah Nkom when he visited the acting Governor of Kaduna state, Dr Hadiza Balarabe.
Nkom, who led a team from the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, said that the survey will last for eight months.
According to him, the Mineral Sector Support for Economic Diversification Project (MinDiver) is a World Bank-supported project under the ministry.
”The survey will be carried out in 119 Local Government Areas to determine accurate mineral locations using modern-day ferromagnetic mechanism.
”The key priority of the Federal Government is to enhance the diversification of the economy to a broader range of productive sector.
“The survey will enable the federal government to discover more solid minerals and promote investment in the sector and boost employment opportunities and wealth creation,” he said.
Nkom went on to note that “The same exercise will also be carried out across Kwara, Ekiti, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Ogun, Ebonyi, Enugu, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Niger, Kogi, Taraba, Benue, Plateau, Nasarawa, Bauchi states and the FCT”.
He urged people in the states and the local government areas where the survey will be carried out not to panic as a result of loud noise from flying aircraft altitude.
Responding, Balarabe assured the team of the government’s support for the success of the programme in the state.