The governor of Sokoto State, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal, has revealed that a commercial quantity of coal have been discovered in the state.
This was disclosed by Tambuwal, in a statement issued in Sokoto on Monday, by his spokesperson Malam Imam Imam.
The governor referred to this development as a great boost to the Federal government’s plan of economic diversification.
He said: “This discovery boosts Sokoto’s share of solid minerals awaiting exploration by the authorities.’’
Meanwhile, the other solid minerals that have been earlier discovered included phosphate for making fertiliser, gold, limestone, gypsum, iron ore, copper, columbite, tantalite, zinc and kaolin, among others.
“The state government has already engaged a Chinese company to make research on the available mineral resources, determine their locations and their commercial viability.
The Governor said:“The company has presented the first phase of its findings and identified 20 varieties of solid minerals.”
“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.
“The excess generated power will be moved to the national grid,” said the governor.
However, the governor also mentioned that the Sokoto Cement otherwise known as Cement Company of Northern Nigeria, (CCNN), own by the BUA group has began use of the just discovered coal as fuel for operation.