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Nigeria: Governor El-Rufa’i – Kaduna Has More Gold Than South Africa (AllAfrica)

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A recent survey shows that there is more gold deposit in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State than South Africa, Governor Nasir el-Rufa’i has said.

Speaking yesterday at the opening of the 2-day Economic and Investment Summit, El-Rufa’i said the state could generate about N40 billion from solid minerals.

By Maryam Ahmadu-Suka (AllAfrica)

Declaring the summit open in Kaduna yesterday, the governor reiterated the commitment of his administration to taking the state to global economic reckoning.

Photo: Justin Purefoy/HRW Gold Ore

 He said: “We have a competent, committed and efficient civil service in the country. Our workers are self-driven and result-oriented due to their training and retraining. With the type of workers the state is blessed with, no investor will regret investing in any form of genuine business in the state.”

Meanwhile, the chairman, Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, who spoke through a representative, said that his company would be investing $10 million in tomato production in the state.

 He said the new vision of his administration is to make Kaduna a state programmed for abundant investments , economic opportunities and prosperity.
 The governor said further that his government has put all mechanism in place to ensure peace and security , good governance , improved quality of lives, and social inclusion for the people and investors coming to do business .

He said that discussions were going on with a large international mining company to come and explore gold reserves in state.

“We are focusing on mining and agriculture in creating jobs in this state. The mining company we are discussing with is going to take our local miners and train them and will group them into cooperatives so that they would become like sub contractors to them and be able to work with them.

“We are working with the federal government very closely to ensure that this happens” he said.

He said the government was also taking advantage of its abundant agricultural resources to woe investors, saying Kaduna has the best ginger in the world and that N5 billion would be spent for ginger production in the state.

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