The Federal Government say it has discovered high quality of platinum group elements in a village in Niger.

Alhaji bubakar Bwari, the Minister of State, Mines and Steel Development, announced this on Monday at the groundbreaking ceremony of AG Vision Mining Site in Suleja Local Government Area of the state.

Bwari said that the large mineral deposit was discovered at Kuchiko village in Suleja.

He added that the quality of the discovery was higher than that of South Africa, regarded as the highest deposit of the mineral in the world.

“A preliminary report by the company shows high deposit of minerals we are looking for.

“From what we have seen, the results are quite encouraging. The platinum group they have seen so far, the quality we have is higher than that of South Africa. And they are world largest producer of platinum group metal.

“That goes to show that Nigeria is highly endowed with this mineral. But what we are looking for now is the commercial viability of the mineral,’’ he said.

He said that the discovery was made by AG Vision Mining, awarded the exploration project in 2018.

He said that the Federal Government had earmarked N15 billion for exploration of minerals in Nigeria to generate detailed geoscience data of quality and quantity of available minerals in the country.

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