Kaduna, Kwara, 17 Other States Begin Airborne Geophysical Survey

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Kaduna, Kwara, 17 Other States Begin Airborne Geophysical Survey

By Alabidun Shuaib Abdulrahman

The federal government plans to launch an airborne geophysical survey in 19 states of the federation by September.

Mr Obadiah Nkom, the General Manager of the Nigerian Mining Cadastre Office, said this when he paid a visit to Dr Hadiza Balarabe, the Acting Governor of Kaduna State.

The survey will span eight months, according to Nkom, who headed a team from the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development.

According to him, the Mineral Sector Support for Economic Diversification Project (MinDiver) is a World Bank-funded ministry project.

”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.

He added that in Kaduna State, the federal government picked Sanga and Jama’a LGAs for the high-resolution airborne geographic survey.

”This will bring more revenue to government. The exercise will entail extensive geological data collection with low flying aircraft with specialised survey equipment.

“The same exercise will also be carried out across Kwara, Ekiti, Ondo, Osun, Oyo State, Ogun, Ebonyi, Enugu, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Niger, Kogi, Taraba, Benue, Plateau, Nasarawa, Bauchi 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.

He solicited the support of the Kaduna State Government to encourage citizens of the LGAs and the general public not to panic.

He urged all stakeholders to sensitise their people not to entertain unnecessary fear that may lead to tension in the communities.

Responding, Balarabe assured the team of the government’s support for the success of the programme in the state.

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