Nigeria has begun the process of refining gold, gemstones and other mineral resources in the six geo-political regions of Nigeria.
The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Mr Olamilekan Adegbite said this when he appeared on the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja.
He said similar plants had been set up in the North East, Bauchi for processing kaolin, while in the North Central Kogi State was chosen for the establishment of a gold smelting plant.
Adegbite also said in the South West, in Ibadan, a gemstone plant had been established while in the South East, a lead processing plant was established in Ebonyi. The minister said in the South-South region, a baryte processing plant had been established, adding that “Nigeria imports baryte to the tune of $300 million every year.
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