Coal in Commercial Quantity Discovered in Sokoto

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By Abdallah el-Kurebe

Coal deposits in commercial quantity has been discovered in Sokoto state, a boost to federal government’s efforts to diversify Nigeria’s economy to agriculture and solid minerals.

Other solid minerals so far discovered and awaiting exploration include phosphate for making fertilizer, gold, limestone, gypsum, iron ore, copper, columbite, tantalite, zinc, kaolin among others.

Speaking during a capacity building workshop on Special Purpose Vehicles (SPV)s for beneficial participation of state governments in mining, jointly organised by the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development and the Sokoto Ministry of Solid Minerals and Natural Resources Development, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal said the state government has already engaged a Chinese company to make research on the available mineral resources, determine their locations and their commercial viability.

He said the company has presented the first phase of its findings and identified 20 varieties of solid minerals.

On coal, the government said the Cement Company of Northern Nigeria (CCNN), otherwise known as Sokoto Cement and owned by the BUA Group, has started using the substance as a source of energy in operating its plant.

“BUA will use coal sourced from Sokoto to fuel the 40MW power plant being constructed at the factory. The new cement plant can use both coal and LPFO (Low Pour Fuel Oil), and will source its power needs from the power plant, with the excess generated power moved to the national grid,” BUA Founder, Abdussamad Rabiu, told reporters during a recent tour of the factory.

He added that BUA’s $300 million investment in the new cement plant is the single largest private sector-led investment in Nigeria’s North West and has the capacity of producing 1.5million metric tonnes of cement per annum.

Army Council Establishes 8th Division in Sokoto

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By Abdallah el-Kurebe 

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Yusuf Buratai has disclosed that the Nigerian Army Council has approved the establishment of the 8th Army Division in Sokoto.

He disclosed this in Sokoto on Sunday when he paid condolence visit on the Governor of Sokoto state, Aminu Tambuwal over the death of late Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki.

The COAS however said that the officers and men that would be posted to the new Division were currently operating in the Northeast.

According to Buratai, “As soon the security situation in that region is fully stabilised, the Division will move to Sokoto. The move is part of efforts to provide sustainable peace and unity of Nigeria, and the Nigerian Army is fully committed to ensuring this.”

Commending Tambuwal for his support to the 1 Brigade and other security agencies in Sokoto, the COAS also commended the governor for the existing relationship between the Army and the people of the state.

Burutai reiterated the commitment of the Nigerian Army and the Federal Government to ensuring sustainable national security, peace and unity.

He described the late Sultan Ibrahim Dasuki as a national icon whose legacies would remain indelible.

Responding, Tambuwal commended the Army for establishing a Division and two Command Secondary Schools in Sokoto and Shagari.

Also pledging to continue to support the military as well as other security agencies in the state,Tambuwal further commended the Nigerian Army for its  efforts to restore peace in the Northeast and other parts of Nigeria.

Construction of Organic Fertilizer Plant Begins in Sokoto

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Gov. Tambuwal inspecting the Fertilizer Plant

By Abdallah el-Kurebe

Construction of a N250 million organic fertiliser plant that would produce 15,000 metric tonnes of fertiliser annually as well as provide over 20,000 jobs has begun in Sokoto.

Inspecting the progress of work done so far at the site, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal said 100 percent of the raw materials to be used in the production of the fertiliser will be sourced locally in Sokoto.
“Apart from opportunity for wealth creation, this factory serves as part of our wider vision to partner with willing investors at home and abroad to explore abundant natural resources for the development of our people.
“The most important natural material required in the production of fertiliser is phosphate, and I am glad to say that we have it in abundance in at least 17 of the 23 LGAs of Sokoto State.
“Importantly, there’s a huge market for the product in Sokoto and surrounding areas including Niger Repubic. This administration will provide the needed incentives, and necessary legal framework for the successful take off of this new plant, Tambuwal added.

The Governor said the state government will be the number one buyer of all the fertiliser to be produced by the plant, and will hold an equity share of 40% in trust for the people of Sokoto.

Proprietor of IML Ltd, the company constructing the plant, Alhaji Bilya Sanda, commended the state government for its keen interest in the project, and assured that majority of the staff of the new company will be sourced from the host state.