Governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, revealed on Wednesday, that the gold deposit obtainable in just one local government area of the state was bigger than South Africa’s gold reserves.
While speaking at the Kaduna Economic and Investment Summit held at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Hall, the governor said Kaduna state is gearing to harness the gold deposit.
El-Rufai noted that the state was in talks with big mining corporations to come into Kaduna and ‘eplore our gold reserves’.
“We have just found out that there is more gold in the Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna than in South Africa.”
“We are discussing with a big international mining company to come and explore our gold reserves in Kaduna State.”
“We are focusing on mining and agriculture in creating jobs in this state. The mining company we are discussing with is going to train our local miners 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.”
“In its breadth and scope, the plan leaves no one behind. Children, young adults and the elderly have the state as an ally for the pressing needs of their status.”
“This is not utopia, but a deliberate, incremental improvement to enhance the living statdard of our people.”