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Ekiti hosts National Council on Mining and Mineral Resources Development

Ekiti hosts National Council on Mining and Mineral Resources Development

–By Government of Ekiti State, Nigeria–

The Government of Ekiti State is hosting the 3rd edition of the National Council on Mining and Mineral Resources Development (NCMMRD) from 6th-8th November 2019.

Below are the reasons why the #NCMMRD2019 meeting is so strategic to mining development in Ekiti State 👇🏼

Geographically, Ekiti State is only on an upland zone, rising over 250m above sea level. It is entirely underlain by metamorphic rocks, such rocks out-crops exist at Aramoko, Efon-Alaaye, Ikere, Ijero, Igbara-Odo, and Okemesi.

Ekiti State is endowed with abundant natural resources and potentially rich in mineral deposits such as granite, sand, kaolin, columbite, charnockite, cassiterite, bulk clay, Feldspathic sandstone, Tantalite, Tourmaline, Laterite, Quartzitic, to mention a few.

The 2018 States Disaggregated Mining & Quarrying Data showed Ekiti State produced 70,177.81 tons of solid minerals. Granite is the most produced solid minerals in 2018 with 45,800.00 tonnes of minerals. Sand followed closely with 21,521.00 & Feldspar with 2,856.70.

Nigeria pegmatites are concentrated in a 400km NE-SW trending belt of which Ijero pegmatite is inclusive. Ijero pegmatite is a wholly crystalline igneous rock and it harbors many important minerals such as feldspar, sheet mica, tantalum-niobium, lithium minerals and gemstones, cassiterite and tin ore, columbite and foundry sand.

Isan Ekiti is considered a residual and partially reworked kaolin deposit varying from 10 to 20m thick, with up to 1m of overburden, overlying weathered gneiss and charnockite intruded by pegmatite.

Ceramic (ball) and kaolinite clays available in these deposits are used as raw material for abrasive, plastics, ceramic wares, pharmaceuticals, textiles, fertilizers, white tiles, insulators wares, and pencils.

There are residual clay deposits in Ekiti State: the Ado Ekiti clay bodies are underlain by quartzite and charnockites; Igbara Odo clay bodies are covered by quartzite and migmatite rocks; Orin and Ikere clay bodies are underlain by the charnockites.

The Orin, Igbara Odo, and Ikere Ekiti clay are fire clay and economically, good quality fire clays are used for the production of refractories in the iron and steel industries (e.g. crucibles, furnace linings, etc.)

Charnockites, dark-green, to the greenish-grey rock of fine, medium-coarse grained texture are common in Ado, Ikere, and especially at Itapa, Ire and Ilumoba areas.

There are 3 major current sand mining axes for Ado Ekiti namely Afao, Ijan & Iworoko. Ijan axis has the highest number of sand mining sites out of which 5 are inland & 1 is a river. Iworoko axis equally has 5 mining sites which are made up of 3 inland & 2 river sites. However, Afao axis is noted for inland sand mining only

The Government of Ekiti State is setting up a strategic policy to harness these abundant mineral resources for an increase in the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) base, employment opportunities, and speedy economic and industrial development of the State.

Recommendations from #NCMMRD2019 would also aid existing efforts by Ekiti State Government to create steady and sustainable development in both the small and large scale mining sector, in a way that contributes to rural development and integrated into the formal economy.

The #NCMMRD2019 is attended by the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Arc Olamilekan Adegbite; the Minister of State for Mines and Steel, Dr. Uchechukwu Ogah; and no fewer than 3,000 critical stakeholders in the mining sector, drawn from the 36 states in Nigeria.

 

 

 

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