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Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has revealed that something huge has happened to his home state of Sokoto.

The governor described the discovery as a major boost to Federal Government efforts at diversifying the country’s economy.

“This discovery boosts Sokoto’s share of solid minerals awaiting exploration by the authorities,” he said.

Recall that phosphate (for making fertilizer), gold, gypsum, iron ore, copper, and others have been discovered in Sokoto State.

Tambuwal made the revelations during a capacity building workshop on Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) today.

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The workshop was jointly organized by the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development and the state Ministry of Solid Minerals and Natural Resources Development.

“The state government has already engaged a Chinese company to make research on the available mineral resources.

“We will also determine their locations and their commercial viability.

“The company has presented the first phase of its findings and identified 20 varieties of solid minerals,” Tambuwal said.

“We have discovered coal in large commercial quantity.”

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The governor revealed that the Cement Company of Northern Nigeria (CCNN) has started using the coal already.

CCNN also known as Sokoto Cement is owned by the BUA Group.

“BUA will use coal sourced from Sokoto to fuel the 40MW power plant being constructed at the factory.

“The new cement plant can use both coal and LPFO (Low Pour Fuel Oil) and will source its power needs from the power plant.

“The excess generated power will be moved to the national grid,” said the governor.