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Alake hails Nasarawa on establishment of first lithium factory, mining development

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Dele Alake, the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, has applauded Nasarawa state for supporting the establishment of the first lithium processing facility in the state and providing an enabling environment for mining operations.

Alake gave the applaud, when he received Abdullahi Sule, the Nasarawa State Governor, in his office on Monday, a statement by Segun Tomori, special assistant on media to the Minister informed.

Alake emphasised that the investment of the state in the construction of the lithium factory and efforts to secure the mining environment in Nasarawa underscores the commitment of the State Government to mining sector development.

According to Alake “I want to commend the governor for taking the bull by the horns and providing adequate security for mining sites. That is why we have a preponderance of peace around mining operations in Nasarawa. I commend that to other state governments as well. Also worthy of commendation is the immense support the state has provided for the construction of the lithium processing factory, which is nearing completion. It will be one of the largest lithium processing factories in Nigeria”, the minister added.

Urging other states to take a cue from Nasarawa, Alake asserted that partnerships with the federal government and private sector are paramount to ensure that the local value-addition objective of the Tinubu administration is realised, in earnest.

In his remarks, the Governor revealed that the first Lithium processing plant being constructed is almost ready for commissioning, adding that other issues that centred around insecurity around mining sites and fostering cooperation with the Federal Government for mining development prompted his parley with the Minister.

Sule also hinted at collaboration with the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), for the utilization of Lithium produced by the state as a raw material for the production of solar panels, and motor vehicle batteries amongst others.

“We had extensive discussions with NASENI for the use of our lithium as a raw material for their products and in the area of agriculture. I think that is one important thing that you are going to see from our Lithium processing plant. NASENI comes in to buy the pure Lithium so that they can be used in the manufacture of solar panels and motor vehicle batteries and their likes” he added.