In order to ensure sustainable metallurgical development and industrialisation of Nigeria, the National Metallurgical Development Centre (NMDC) Jos, has established strategic alliances with relevant institutions in the country, the Director-General of the NMDC, Prof Linus Asuquo has said. He said the collaborations are part of ongoing efforts of government to create wealth and jobs through the solid minerals sector.
Prof Asuquo, who made the disclosure during a recent interaction with journalists in Abuja, said: “The NMDC is working very closely with the Defense Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON), the Nigeria Defense Academy (NDA), the University of Jos (Uni-Jos), the National Environmental Standards Regulatory Authority (NESREA), and the College of Education (CoE), Akwanga,” adding that the collaboration prioritizes the use of local content as a veritable tool for the industrialization of Nigeria.
Head of Press and Public Relations, NMDC, Mr. Sunny Eweama, who confirmed the development to our correspondent, quoted the Director General as saying that the collaboration will fashion-out strategies that will lead to reduction in materials importation and cost of funding manpower development in Nigeria.
Prof Asuquo called on public and private institutions to take advantage of the potentials of the Mineral Processing Plant available at NMDC. He appealed to government to increase the budgetary allocation to NMDC, stating that if budgetary allocation to the centre is increased, NMDC will be more enabled to realize the vision of becoming a leading research and development centre in Africa.
The Director-General lamented that Nigeria has expended a lot of resources on the importation of processed minerals. He called on raw materials processing industries to patronize the Minerals Processing Pilot Plant at NMDC, Jos, stating that the Plant is a Federal Government-UNIDO collaborative plant, put in place by government for the processing of virtually all the minerals in Nigeria and the West African sub region.