Abuja, Nigeria — MININGREVIEW.COM — 02 March 2012 – Nigeria is now in a position to export copper as it has abundant resources of the mineral, particularly in the Plateau State, says the World Bank.
The Word Bank’s Nigeria project manager Linus Adie made this known here at the public presentation of the Interpreted Projects of the Airborne Geophysical Survey and Geochemical Mapping of Nigeria.
He said Nigeria had so far succeeded in doing geophysics of 56% of the country, including Niger Delta. The first aspect of it was to fly and collect the data; now the second aspect is to do the interpretations,” he explained.
Linus Adie, who called on Nigeria to disseminate geophysical data finding across the world to attract more investors, said that within five years, the World Bank and Ministry of Mines and Steel had commenced the mining reforms, adding that there were many exploration companies operating in Nigeria.
The data, he said, was not only for the mining sector but for planning, which would help the country in various other ways. For example, one of the land form maps revealed the level of desert encroaching into the Nigerian landmass.
Linus Adie added that, quite apart from its value for mining, the geophysical information could be used to develop Nigeria’s agriculture, and the military could also use it for their operations.