‘World class’ nickel discovered in Nigeria, govt. to sign exploration deal with Australian firm

Dr. Kayode Fayemi
Dr. Kayode Fayemi

A private mining syndicate has made a potentially “world class and highly unusual” Nickel discovery in Nigeria, The Australian, an Australian national newspaper is reporting.

The private mining syndicate is reportedly headed by Hugh Morgan, a mining industry veteran.

“The discovery is unusual because the nickel is found in small balls up to 3mm in diameter of a high purity in shallow soils in what could be the surface expression of a much bigger hard-rock nickel field,” the newspaper said.

“The nickel balls, rumoured to grade better than 90 per cent nickel and thought to be a world first given their widespread distribution, offer the potential for early cashflow from a simple and low-cost screening operation to fund a full assessment of the find that has exploration circles buzzing.”

Details of the discovery are sketchy, according to the newspaper, but it was rumoured to be close to Dangoma, a small farming town about 160km northeast of the Nigerian capital of Abuja.

Checks by PREMIUM TIMES showed that Dangoma is located in the North-West state of Kaduna.

When asked to comment last week, Mr Morgan reportedly said it was for the Nigerian government to make an announcement.

Kayode Fayemi, the Minister for Solid Minerals, will be among the speakers at a three-day Africa Down Under mining conference at Perth’s Pan Pacific Hotel, Australia, in September.

Mr. Fayemi is to speak first on Wednesday, September 7, and Mr Morgan will follow along with consulting geologist Louisa Lawrance. Mr Morgan is listed as speaking as a director of the private company Comet Minerals.

Olayinka Oyebode, Mr. Fayemi’s Chief Press Secretary, said he had no details of the discovery, but confirmed his principal is scheduled to be in Australia next week.

“I know there is a mining conference coming up in Australia where the Honourable Minister is supposed to make a presentation,” Mr. Oyebode told PREMIUM TIMES via phone on Monday.

“But I don’t have an advance knowledge of what he’s going to talk about but, generally speaking, he’s going to market Nigeria.”

Mr. Oyebode asked this newspaper to give him till Monday evening for Mr. Fayemi’s reaction on the nickel discovery in Kaduna.

But an official of the ministry, who asked not to be named because he was not authorised to speak on the matter, said Mr. Fayemi’s delegation would most likely sign an exploration deal with the Australian syndicate at the conference.

Nickel is primarily sold for first use as refined metal. About 65 percent of it consumed in the West is used to produce stainless steel.

The world’s largest producers of Nickel include The Philippines, Indonesia, Russia, Canada, and Australia, according to the US Geological Survey.

In August, Mr. Fayemi told Bloomberg that one of the Nigeria government’s priorities is to meet its annual steel demand of 6.8 metric tons, from a current output of less than 2.5 metric tons, produced mainly from scrap iron.

“In two to five years, we want to have started production of iron ore, lead, zinc, bitumen, nickel, coal and gold at a serious scale,” Mr. Fayemi had said.

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  • Apostel

    A very old story, and the Minerals, not only Nickel, they talk about is southwest of Abuja.

  • Ebubedike

    Good news! Maybe finding nickel in the North can give them the confidence to form their Sahel Republic and support other regions go their way as autonomous nations. Bokohari can rule Sahel Republic as life president under sharia.

  • vagabonds in power

    The entire story does not make sense-one little bit-It is the usual 419 stories often circulated by the Apes in APC to raise the ever dwindling hopes of Nigerians. If the Federal Government cannot announce the said discovery of NICKEL in Northern Nigeria and allows the Australian government to make such findings known to the public, then there is something fishy about the whole exercise–Some Australians are going to be fooled into parting with their hard earned money-very soon–Aware Fayemi has always been a crook of the highest order in Nigeria–most especially Ekiti state where he stole the state blind-I am hoping that such will be true sha!!!So that it can help break up the country for us–and as soon as possible————–also—————-Animals

    • Peter_Edo

      fear don dey catch you… hahahahahahaaha. abeg, go to The Australian’s web page yourself…, I will even help you with a link. http://wwwtheaustraliancomau/business/mining-energy/hugh-morgans-team-in-highgrade-nickel-discovery/news-story/0fa4640f1189495eed5aab8e8ae517b2

      • Tk

        @Brainless Officials

        How did God even select the kind of human beings that are in position of decision making in Nigeria and the useless dirty brains He gave them or they wired unto themselves from colonial experience. How can you discover minerals in the ground yesterday and today you are already signing and exploration deal with an Australian firm? Why can’t you people wait small? The mineral dey run? No be inside ground the thing dey?…Na wa for the mumus we have as administrators.

        Pertinent questions are:
        1. Has the government cared to find out if any Nigerian firm owned and run by Nigerians has the capacity to do the exploration?
        2. Is the govt and its “smart” officials aware of the demerits of leaving your minerals for foreign countries to mine? …especially a country affiliated to Britain?
        3. If the Australian firm tells you that they found 35,000 metric units of the mineral in the ground when in actual fact you have 1 billion metric units how will the Nigerian officials know?
        4. Are the Australians coming from Heaven or Pluto or they are human beings with one head and two hands like Nigerian scientists and geologists?
        5. Aren’t there Professors of Geology and mining Engineering in Nigerian Universities who should be able to do assessment and exploration?
        6. What is wrong in sending Nigerians to Austrailia to learn the EXPLORATION technology (while the mineral remains safely in the ground becos it does not depreciate after all) and then get them to do the exploration with 100 local content …so Nigeria can take charge of its revenue 100%?

        Honestly, I am tired of this people in Government who have no brains to act smart. Imagine, thinking of signing a contract with an Australian firm? This is horribly irritating? Not all Nigerians failed Math in WAEC for goodness sake. Many of those Australians were beaten hands down by Nigerians in theory and practical in school. So what the hell?

        • Peter_Edo

          abeg go ask them!!!

        • persona

          From you post, it is obvious you know nothing about the process for obtaining a solid mineral license. For public information, they are scaled and anyone can get them. The Aussie chose to believe in the diversification agenda of the government while many Nigerians were chewing each other out over tribalism and religious arguments.
          Go to the website of the ministry and learn. When the president announced diversification, many said it will never happen…this should help doubting Thomases to get on the train and build their country themselves, else FG will work with any willing partner.

  • Peter_Edo

    By the way, Good news, we need more and much more of these…

  • Rommel

    We are making progress and I am particularly happy that we are going the way of value addition instead of export of only raw materials

    • Oladipo

      Even with your identity problem you still have mouth to talk? Why not use Oladipo Diya as a role model instead of an Oyibo? An ex-Nazist for that matter. Abi you dont like the bravery and heroic exploits of General Oladipo Diya?

      • Otile

        He can also use his brave leader Benjamin Adekunle to minimize his inferiority complex.

        • Rommel

          You need to be properly schooled in certain things,there are white folks who see Nelson Mandela as a role model,would you accuse them of complex? your reasoning is porous

          • Otile

            Your role models are always whites, why not stick to your own people like Adekunle, and Oladipo Diya? Too much admiration for whites shows that you have inferiority complex.

          • Rommel

            Because it is among whites that we see people who have set certain standards that we all wish to emulate and not all whites I must say,if you look into the life of Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel,you may understand why I have great respect for the man

          • Otile

            Yeah, haters like you admire Rommel, Hitler, and Joseph Goebbels. No surprises.

          • Rommel

            I specifically mentioned the one I hold in high esteem but no matter what you say,the men you mentioned were all very efficient in what they believed in,now,it may be the wrong things but they did it professionally which is very important,how efficient are you in the things you believe in?

          • Otile

            It is foolhardy to hold on to unethical beliefs and act them out claiming profession. Look at the miseries your most admired heroes brought the world. Pathetic

          • Rommel

            Those men changed the world,the third reich was the beginning of the modern world,almost everything around you today from electronics to jet propulsions even nuclear fusion and fission, quantum dialectics etc had it roots in those days,the Nazi’s were the beginning of the new testament of the world,now you may disagree which is your opinion and you are entitled to it but the facts remain that the second world war offered the world the type of unprecedented human achievements that men can now claim to have walked on the moon,something that was impossible to think about in the old world of pre 2nd world war.They opened our minds to possibilities and the possibilities are infinite,had third reich survived,people would be holidaying on Mars today.

          • Otile

            Go back to your European History. The era you are talking about belongs to Otto von Bismarck not Hitler. Hitler and his criminal gang did nothing but destroy what others invented. The man was a vandal.

          • Rommel

            Otto von Bismarck was an aristocrat of the medieval world,he did unify Deutschland but that was as far as he could go,Hitler changed the world to what you have today.

          • Otile

            Your hero Adolf Hitler changed the world for the worse. He invented gas chambers and exterminated 6 million Jews. Do you call that achievement? He provoked US to throw atomic bombs on Nippon in order to end the mad war. Is that your idea of peaceful achievement? Man, wake up and live, you are like a vulture feasting on corpses.

          • Rommel

            If you do not break,you cannot build or haven’t you realized?

          • Otile

            True to type, you Islamists believe that if you don’t vandalize and break you cannot build. Is that why Buhari encouraged Islamic terrorists to destroy so that he can borrow $Billions to rebuild? Bad reasoning because destroying brings untold human sufferings. Don’t glamorize destruction and vandalism, fo○l.

      • Rommel

        Oladipo Diya has nothing that I admire and FYI, I do not have any identity problem

        • Otile

          A fo○l does not believe he has a problem.

          • Rommel

            Perhaps you are the one with problems don’t you think? your language always gives you out as someone of low understanding of complex issues

          • Otile

            Good, you prefixed you thought with the word perhaps. There you are.

          • Rommel

            I am a very considerate man

          • Otile

            Don’t generalize, Islamic fanatics like you are only considerate to their coreligionists.

          • Rommel

            What do you mean by Islamic fanatics?

          • Otile

            You know what I mean, don’t you?

          • Rommel

            I don’t, which is why I am asking you

          • Otile

            But you have already underrated my opinion, why are still asking me? Ask Rommel’s grand children.

          • Rommel

            have you been taking speed or something?

          • Otile

            Ask a sensible question you will get an answer.

          • Rommel

            Am I a Muslim?

          • Otile

            Are you asking me? Man know thyself.

          • Rommel

            I detest people who cover their foolishness by talking in riddles

          • Otile

            Are you therefore saying you hate yourself?

  • Observer

    Na Ogun go purnish Niger Delta Avengers and their mumu supporters, as you can see, God is with 9ja, more discoveries to come. With the oil already discovered in the north, and , Lagos, with Bitumen at Ondo state. I think soon, all this Niger Delta oil bragging will be a thing of the past

    • Maria

      Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, etc now oil producing states…the animals think oil or minerals are specifically meant for an exclusive region or states.

  • vagabonds in power

    How long did it take the Federal government to find the said Nickel–just under one year? Besides who did not know about the existence of such items on our mineral survey map around Nigeria? Now they rush to deceive Nigerians that it was the Sultan of Sokoto who discovered the said Mineral with the aid of an Australian firm–When the said Nickel have all the time been there—-waitng for investors——–to come and invest————–The same way Lagos lied they discovered crude oil when it is well known fact that the exploration activities was carried out–years ago by shell and NNPC–Now the Yorubas take credit for it————-One Nigeria 3 different laws——-That is Nigeria for u———–Separation is the only way out————–

  • DAY DREAMING

    Just like Amboday of Lagos who was drilling my Niger Delta oil from the pipes in Ikorodu from several residential apartments and claiming to have discovered oil, this scam ridden APC govt led by illiterate Imam OLODO is out to attempt deceive the gullible once more as they assume that most Nigerians have not the mental capacity to reason and pass WAEC exams.

    In any case, how does this concern the people of the Delta Republic and Biafra Republic? If you like continue to discover anticipatory “precious” minerals and day daydream. Even if it were true, it still has no effect on our resolve to leave this useless Nigeria led by Animalistic terrorists and their agents. With beheadings becoming the order of the day and religious fanaticism exalted above constitutional provisions, no sane people would fraternize. We (Delta and Biafra Republic) can no longer put up with the parasitism of the North and West on our resources. They have been limitations and hindrances to our technological and artistic advancement.

    Nigeria is long overdue for a break up. If a country can begin to think of releasing suicide bombers and Islamist terrorists in a swap under any guise, then that country is doomed…and I don not believe the progressive people of the Delta and Biafra would want to tolerate such nonsense. The US, Kenya, France, UK, Belgium, Somalia, Australia, etc do NOT negotiate with terrorists talkless of swaps. Secession is inevitable. Separation is the answer…and RESOURCE CONTROL is the target.

    • Maria

      I think is it extremely stu00pid for m0m0 like you to expose your f00lishness online.If you have nothing to say, it is better sometimes to keep quiet.

      • Otile

        Shine your eyes. This breaking news is designed to give Yorubas hope. There are no nickel deposits in Sudaniyya. Seeing is believing.

        • Maria

          Which Yoruba? The nikel was discovered in Kaduna, how is that giving Yoruba hope? Yorubas dont need nikel to excel.Ode.

          • Otile

            Olodo, Yoruba can kill for minerals anywhere they can be found whether in Sudaniyya or Niger Delta. Have you forgotten?

        • Peter

          It is all about this government’s propaganda stunt designed to give fresh breath to their gullible voters whose tempers are fast growing. There is no nickel discovery. Mark my words and sooner than later you will come back to thank me.

          • Otile

            Thank you my brother, that’s the point I am making. Fo○ls don’t understand.

        • sanetalk

          Yes, to give them hope and give you grief

          • Otile

            Whatever. You know their aim is always to give us grief in this part of Africa.

    • Okeysons

      Lets wait and see whether 95% of the ownership of the mine fields will be allocated to the Niger Delta or the people of the East the same way their oil fields have been allocated my past military men to the North & West. If that does not happen, then that is where the trouble will begin and MORE hell will break loose. So, u can see, whichever way, whether you discover oil or not, wahala dey. Separation is the only solution.

    • Omomeji

      I agree with you. Nigeria needs to break into real separate countries. We need not deny the fact that this union is not working.

  • Galantman

    This is a breath of fresh air. God has proven to us once more that HIS blessings can be found anywhere HE pleases and that it is not by your power, your tribe, religion or region. It will greatly give us a respite from the militancy and economic sabotage in the south south and diversify the economy a bit. I hope this will be an eye opener and a lesson to the miscriants in the creeks and all there supporters that it is time to throw in the towel and embrace peace. Nigeria will surely rise again.

  • BRAINLESS Officials???

    How did God even select the kind of human beings that are in position of decision making in Nigeria and the useless dirty brains He gave them or they wired unto themselves from colonial experience. How can you discover minerals in the ground yesterday and today you are already signing and exploration deal with an Australian firm? Why can’t you people wait small? The mineral dey run? No be inside ground the thing dey?…Na wa for the mumus we have as administrators.

    Pertinent questions are:
    1. Has the government cared to find out if any Nigerian firm owned and run by Nigerians has the capacity to do the exploration?
    2. Is the govt and its “smart” officials aware of the demerits of leaving your minerals for foreign countries to mine? …especially a country affiliated to Britain?
    3. If the Australian firm tells you that they found 35,000 metric units of the mineral in the ground when in actual fact you have 1 billion metric units how will the Nigerian officials know?
    4. Are the Australians coming from Heaven or Pluto or they are human beings with one head and two hands like Nigerian scientists and geologists?
    5. Aren’t there Professors of Geology and mining Engineering in Nigerian Universities who should be able to do assessment and exploration?
    6. What is wrong in sending Nigerians to Austrailia to learn the EXPLORATION technology (while the mineral remains safely in the ground becos it does not depreciate after all) and then get them to do the exploration with 100 local content …so Nigeria can take charge of its revenue 100%?

    Honestly, I am tired of this people in Government who have no brains to act smart. Imagine, thinking of signing a contract with an Australian firm? This is horribly irritating? Not all Nigerians failed Math in WAEC for goodness sake. Many of those Australians were beaten hands down by Nigerians in theory and practical in school. So what the hell?

    • Wise Head

      3. If the Australian firm tells you that they found 35,000 metric units of the mineral in the ground when in actual fact you have 1 billion metric units how will the Nigerian officials know?

      I think you have a point. With the lack of aircraft survelance defense radar, the Australians could fly in Private cargo jets at Night while our security forces are busy owning plots and property in Dubai…and then load several of these so called Sickle minerals into the cargo jet and fly them out to Australia. Ask people in Congo and they will tell you what the Australians did to their country.

    • dami

      Well you guys are the same ones complaining about lack of FX and rising costs of imports vis-a-vis available Naira…the country needs to earn some FX…presently we don’t have time for our university dons to be drafted in or re-trained or to use this as a guinea pig prpject..(if they had been striking less over the years and faced their work maybe they would be more relevant…)
      secondly the discovery was made by a foreign firm that has the know how to search and explore…if your so called local firms had the same know how they would of found it first and not some guys from another continent coming to their back yard to make the discovery – hence no…they lack the know how Ab initio

      • Domingos

        This is Duck talk. Pedestrian. Spastic nonsense.

        The first set of Bridges and Over head carriages built in Seol (South Korea) in the 60s were designed and built by the Americans with the Korean Engineers watching with eyes wide open. 6 years later when the building of the second set of bridges was to take off, it was the Koreans who were 100% in charge and it has remained so till date.

        Fast forward to Nigeria. Julius Berger has been building roads and bridges in Nigeria from 1960s before your Papa was born, and till today even as I post this comment, Julius Berger of Germany or whereever is still building bridges all over Nigeria and it is still the so called Federal Govts no1 PREFERRED engineering contractor. Why? Because of retarded ideas as you put forth. It has no other name. It is called Mumudity.

        • dami

          As usual no substance…except foul language – if that’s all you know I give you full marks…however comparing the Koreans to Nigerians is wishful thinking; your people can’t produce tooth picks and you want them to go and mine nickel..??
          Fix your education system and then maybe (in 30yrs time possibly) you can compare Nigeria to Korea…but till then we have not started.
          Our universities are glorified secondary schools…high schools in other countries (Eg Korea) have more facilities than our universities..and you want the graduates and lecturers from such schools to be at the forefront of mining nickel..??
          Our doctors are killers in disguise…are bankers are thieves in suits…our policemen are hired “anyworks” (bag carriers / drivers / killers…whatever you can pay them for they will do..)

          Call a spade a spade dude…but alas I’m sure you will only resort to foul language and skirt the issue…

    • EXACTLY, my friend! Well said! Me and my mother are really enraged about this.

  • Otile

    Excited Yoruba, amen amen I say onto you: until you grab a woman’s laps with your own fists don’t praise your dick. Again I say onto thee, hold your pant oo. We have had these kinds of claims before from no other than the Fulanis. During the Yar’Adua administration when ND boys wanted to control their resources news came from Sokoto that large deposits of sweet crude were discovered in Sokotoland and beyond. Eight months later hot news broke out that a big mining company from South Africa was dispatched to Minna to handle large deposits of oil oozing out of Kwaraland, Nigeria. We also head that big mining was underway in Lagos not knowing that some Yoruba landlord association was scooping oil from broken pipes to present and oil fields.

    When it comes to this kind of claims believing Yorubas and Northerners should not sell their houses hoping that the government claims are true. You see, with Imam Buhari’s government the more you look the less you see.

    • NAPOLEUN – Alive and well

      True talk my brother. Now they say Lagos is oil ploducing. How can u be oil producing when you don’t export oil? The logic is simple animalistic. This is why some people believe George Orwell who wrote Animal Farm must be a Nigerian. it is amazing how so many Animals in this Nigeria keep quiet as lies and lies and more lies are peddled with reckless abandon? By the way, where are those who were scooping my Niger Delta oil in Lagos? Has Ambode and Oba I’ll Kill_U of Lagoon state given them immunity or are they in “protective” custody? Yeye Fowls!

      • Good Samaritan

        Lagos State is producing oil from OML 113, which is operated by New Age and owned by Folawiyo Petroleum. I am very conversant with the project.

        • Otile

          How do you know? When was the last time you visited Nigeria? Don’t believe everything you hear from Islamic APC propagandists, they are no better their PDP founding fathers.

          • Comfortkay

            The man call Otile has nothing good coming out of his mouth, He is living in a dark age.

          • Otile

            I am a good man. People learn a lot of good things from me. It is not true that I am living in a dark age, believe it or not, by the grace of God I am enjoying the good things modern age can provide. Thank God for me.

          • Comfortkay

            Can you go through your comments on this forum? Bros Nothing good

          • Otile

            Good people see good things in people, bad people don’t.

          • Comfortkay

            Yeye dey smell

          • Otile

            Did you say that your yeye dey smell?

          • Rommel

            I have my doubts about you,your reasoning is always too mundane which suggest that you may be a person of very low upbringing, a serf perhaps

          • Otile

            You doubts belong to you, live with that. Your f○olish generalizations betray your low mentality. Olodo

          • Rommel

            Far from it,no one can accuse me of having a low mentality,no even you if you wish to be truthful with facts and calling me names which make no meaning to me will not be helpful to you

          • Otile

            This is always the claim of a f○ol, that you are a genius. A genius you are not. Ode

          • Mufu Ola

            What low mentality are u talking about if you can’t believe crude oil can be found in Lagos or elsewhere and that mineral resources of any kind can’t be found in d North?

          • Otile

            We don’t count the oil bunkering by corrupt Yoruba landlords whereby they siphon oil from broken pipes as a good oil find in Lagos, come on man.

      • obalola

        Go and do your research

  • MammanJiyaVatsa

    Thank God, let the separation begins in earnest – Amen !

    • Otile

      Thank God for His innumerable mercies, but don’t believe this propaganda, Sudaniyya has no nickel deposits. Where are the Chibok girls, where is the 5000 promised the poor, in which part of Nigeria is one Naira = one Dollar?

  • thusspokez

    But an official of the ministry, who asked not to be named because he was not authorised to speak on the matter, said Mr. Fayemi’s delegation would most likely sign an exploration deal with the Australian syndicate at the conference.

    Mumu Nigerian media. How is it that none of the Nigerian newspapers and journalists have heard of the find before reading about it in a foreign media?

    But why had the Buhari administration (or Mr. Kayode Fayemi and his Ministry for Solid Minerals) kept this secret? Why don’t they want Nigerians to know about the find? Are they planning on secretly exploring, exporting and siphoning off the receipt?

    The find is clearly, shredded in secrecy and in secret again — that is, without any public tender alert or invitations –, Mr. Fayemi is going off to Australia to sign an exploration deal with the Australians. What is going on in Nigeria under the Buhari’s administration!

    • persona

      The exploration in commercial quantity will begin after the initial discovery. That is the normal process. There is usually no need to count your chicken before the are hatched. I am sure oil exist in several parts of the country but not all in commercial quantities and may not be worth exploration cost. Things are not fully disclosed till they are of significant find.
      Please pay attention to the following words:
      – Surface EXPRESSION of a much bigger…
      – POTENTIAL for early cashflow from a simple and low cost operation to FUND FULL ASSESMENT of the FIND
      -EXPLORATION circles BUZZING.

      “The discovery is unusual because the nickel is found in small balls up to 3mm in diameter of a high purity in shallow soils in what could be the surface expression of a much bigger hard-rock nickel field,” the newspaper said.

      “The nickel balls, rumoured to grade better than 90 per cent nickel and thought to be a world first given their widespread distribution, offer the potential for early cashflow from a simple and low-cost screening operation to fund a full assessment of the find that has exploration circles buzzing.”

  • kumi

    This is how a corrupt government deals with his people why are they not telling Nigerians what the percentage of Nigeria will be if not this people will go their and sign agreements that we be against the Nigeria people the freedom of information act must come in so that this people will not come and tell Nigeria that they are given us 15% which will be very bad for Nigeria why can’t the president to Nigerian what the agreement with the company is and Nigeria share

    • persona

      Percentage for something not yet in commercial exploration? How are we always just assuming the worst of the next person in this country? The process of getting a license from the ministry is open, go and get yours and then complain f not in your favor.

    • Meng, MariaM (Colonel)

      The details ares till sketchy and you want to know Nigeria’s cut? Don’t worry yourself about such irrelevant detail as Nigeria which does not have the exploration technology to mine nickel will be the junior partner- something like 30-40% share. Then the politicos will clamour for their cuts too.After the details are worked out the project will then end up like the discovery of iron ore( you didn’t know about iron ore and the work to construct a processing plant in Ajaokuta in 1967?). Welcome to Nigerian then.

      • Arabakpura

        They only read the headlines and then jump into screaming!

        • veritas

          yep! there is that possibility as well

      • veritas

        Gbam!!!

    • Mufu Ola

      Can’t get your rantings here.

  • emmanuel kalu

    yet another blessing for Nigeria. lets hope everything works out. however I would suggest that any long term deal with any foreign company, must involve the processing and value addition. We need to end the process of exporting our raw material for cheap and importing it for 10 times it price. if you are going to mine it, then you better process it also or get a partner to process it.

    • IchieBart

      Leave Nigerian matter and think of how wonderful your God’s given home land would be, North are cursed people and regardless what is found in their domain would never be enough for them, serious nations can survive without natural resources, only lazy brains looks for oil and natural resources which doesn’t create massive employment but quick rich for a few, Lord have mercy.

      • Dayo

        @IchieBart:disqus, I really pity you and level of understanding. How can you say your fellow beings are cursed. You are actually part of the problems this nation is going through. Please desist from sowing hatred in our land called Nigeria.

        • IchieBart

          Dayo, first of all we SS,SE- Biafra) are not Nigerians and will never be, we were a nation before the British fraud called Nigeria, we can’t be in a country were we feed the nation and marginalized, I accept you are right in the sense that we must show Love to one another according to the teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ (the only true son of the living God) yes I accept that but the injustices being mated at us in a country that we built is nit acceptable by any sane person and we will not accept it, nothing less than total separation will be accepted, we are not Nigerians as we don’t have an ounce in common with you Nigerians both Language and culturally we don’t belong, God did not create us to be but rather a man made to frustrate us in unnecessary war and hatreds, Lord have mercy.

    • Emmanuel Maluba

      God bless you Bro! Sound reasoning is not given to everyone in this land. When I see anyone gifted with such wisdom, I appreciate him/her.

    • Why not get a fellow African country to help develop it? Why are we always asking for help from European investors? The only difference between Africa and Europe is that the latter have greater resources. Where do they get many of those resources? From Africa! So why don’t we use them ourselves?

      • John J Rouse

        Didn’t you ask for help from your superiors? After all you’re an Aperican who left the third world jungles to move to civilized England.

        • Bello

          That you’re justifying slavery is unbelievably inhumane. And call Africans Apericans shows your the kind of animal mind you have. May God help you to never change. Amen

          • John J Rouse

            I don’t know, didn’t you people justify slavery by selling yourselves for some beads? Didn’t you enslave native Africans when Liberia was created? Don’t you all still practice slavery today?

      • John J Rouse

        Another major difference is intelligence. That’s why Europeans do so much better and you people are literally dying on rickety boats to get to Europe.

  • ukoette ibekwe

    Please please let it be commercial enough so that the North can release it’s stranglehold in the Niger Delta.

  • IchieBart

    I couldn’t care less about any findings be it oil, nickel, Gold, diamonds all in large quantities in the North I don’t care and don’t want it, all I need from these blood thirsty Northerners is peaceful separation, whatever is found in the North could never be enough for them as they are naturally cursed and forever backwards, let them have all but they will still be poor and behind, Lord have mercy.

  • JAMES BALOGUN

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