The Federal Government has released N30 billion for the development of the solid minerals sector, according to Hajiya Hadiza Goni, Acting Secretary of the Solid Minerals Development Fund, Vanguard reports.

She made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen on the sidelines of a workshop on the Mining Sector for the North West Geo-political Zone. Goni said the release of the money would facilitate the development of the solid minerals sector and boost national growth. She noted that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari had given priority attention to the diversification of the economy and disclosed that the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel had identified 45 solid minerals types across the 36 states of the federation for development.

The Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, in a message through the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Bashir Garba expressed the determination of the State Government to develop the mineral sector in the state. Tambuwal said that the state had received huge revenue from coal in the past but that the mineral had been abandoned since the discovery of oil. He assured that the state would collaborate with the Federal Government to exploit solid minerals in Sokoto State.