By Usman Shauibu
The Federal Government has commissioned the Solid Minerals Machinery and Equipment Development Institute, (SOMMEDI) in Nasarawa Town, Nasarawa Sate.
Speaking at the commissioning of the institute over the weekend, the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu said that the Institute will design, produce and also manufacture all equipment that are needed for solid minerals exploration.
According to Dr. Onu, the Institute is important to the diversification program of the Federal Government, adding that the exploration of Solid Minerals industries will create job for the people and also create the enabling platform for the establishment of micro, small and medium scale enterprises. He added that this will bring value addition chain to the mining industry
A statement by AbdulGaniyu Aminu, Head ;Press and Public Relations Unit of the ministry quoted Dr. Onu sa saying that, the present administration is looking at all the sectors of the economy to make sure that we don’t import things we need.
He thanked the state governor for the moral and materials support which assisted greatly in the completion of the Institute and called on other state government to study and replicate this model of state and federal government synergy. He also thanked the Emir for providing the land and appealed to the people to protect the properties in the institute.
In his remarks, the governor of Nasarawa State, Alhaji Umaru Tanko-Al-Makura said that there are 70 different types of solid minerals in the state adding that the Institute will enhance the exploration of all these Minerals. He noted the institute will also nurture children who have talents in solid minerals development and mining.
In his opening remarks, the Executive Vice Chairmen/Chief Executive Officer of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) Prof. Muhammed Haruna called on President Mohammed Buhari to declare state of emergency in Science, Technology and Innovation for permanent solution to Nigeria’s socio-economic and security challenges.