Nigeria to Start Aerial Geological Survey to Boost Mining Prospect
VON reported that the Nigerian government is set to carryout airborne Geological Survey across 17 States to facilitate accurate location of mineral resources in the Country. Nigeria’s National Steel Raw Materials Exploration Agency Director General Dr Umar Albarka Hassan said the Mineral Sector Support for Economic Diversification project, which is a world Bank assisted project under the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, will embark on AGS in 112 local government areas across Niger State and 17 other States in the country. He said “The project would stimulate investment leading to increased economic activities in the respective states to be surveyed as desired by President Muhammadu Buhari.”
An Aircraft equipped with state of the art devices will be used to measure minor variation in the earth’s magnetic fields and gamma radiations in the soil. The Aircraft will fly at 50 metres altitude and a line spacing of 100 meters adding that it is safe, as a passive technique that does not involve sending out any signals or sound waves into the ground would be deployed”.
The local government areas to be surveyed in the State are Mokwa, Mashegu, Lavun, Gbako, Katcha, Edati, Bosso, Agaie and Lapai.