=== (AGENDAWATCHDOG) === According to Dr Ochechukwu Ogah, Minister of State, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development (MMSD)O, available data showed that coal occurred in commercial quantities and grade in 22 coal fields spread across 16 states in Nigeria.
The minister made this known during the recent 2021 Annual Public Lecture organised by the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Bwari branch, in collaboration with MMSD, With the theme “Economic Diversification in the Post COVID-19 Era: Special focus on the Sustainable Development of Nigeria’s Coal and Gold”, held in Abuja, the seat of power.
According to Ogah, the ministry is aspiring to have a coal industry that is producing large tonnages of coal for electricity generation and other domestic use and generate revenues for government.
Speaking at the same forum, Mrs Halimat Adediran, Chairman, Bwari branch of the Society, said that coal was one of the major sources of power generation in South Africa, adding that Nigeria had high quality coal that could be tapped for power generation.
PROJECTED IMPACT: Coal could generate foreign exchange for the Federal government, if properly exploited. There is need for more private sector involvement in mining activities for government to achieve its diversification agenda.