Nigeria is largest manufacturer of ceramic tiles in West Africa.
The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Musa Sada, on Monday said Nigeria had concluded plans to begin the exportation of ceramic tiles to other countries.
The minister made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.
He said that Nigeria had hitherto abandoned the exploitation of the clay material that was being used for its production.
The minister said the country had the largest tile factories in West Africa, adding that it would begin the exportation of ceramic tiles just like it did with cement.
“We are hoping that very soon, we will make a declaration on production of ceramic tiles because all our efforts are aimed at industrial production and how to create jobs,’’ he said.
Mr. Sada said Nigeria had five privately owned ceramic tile factories, three of which were located in Lagos State, while one each was located in Cross River and Kogi respectively.
“We have the background information on clay deposits and other minerals we have to give these factories and potential investors to enhance the development of the minerals,’’ he said.
Besides, Mr. Sada said the case between the Federal Government and Global Infrastructure Nigeria Ltd, an Indian company, which bought Ajaokuta Steel Company, had been settled out of court.
He explained that the Federal Government terminated its contract with Global Infrastructure on the ground that the company lacked the requisite competence in management.
“We have about six memoranda of understanding on the various rolling mills and the training school.
“We have 40 experts from Ukraine working on rehabilitating the place and running it,” he said.