Promoting Investment in Mineral Resource Development For The Growth of Cross River Economy BY EMMANUEL ETIM

In Breaking News, Business & Economy, Columnists, National News, Opinion, Reports
Emmanuel Etim
Emmanuel Etim

Cross River State is rich in solid minerals, which is presently largely unexploited. Of note are limestones, barytes, clay, salt, tin, granite basalt, quartzite, kaolin, feldspar to mention a few.

In spite of the rich mineral endowments, mining activities at a commercial level have been restricted only to limestone. The solid mineral sector has the potential of contributing to the economic development of Cross River State and creating jobs for millions of its youths.

Sustainable mining and utilization of Mineral Resources in our state are central to growing our economy. Charting a path to this sustainable development in the mineral sector must involve calculated steps to attracting investment as a catalyst to industrialization of the state.

Private Investment in this sector is perceived as the key because the state has vast amounts of mineral resources that can service these industries for decades.

Cross River State must thus evolve strategies through which it can maximize its returns on investment in the mineral sector. This can be achieved by not just highlighting the available solid minerals in the state but also establishing the quality, quantity and specific location of each solid mineral present in the state.

In addition to this, the state government must take specific steps to acquire rights to these minerals deposits and partner with private firms for the exploration and exploitation of these mineral resources.

In this way the Cross River State Government will not only benefit from taxes derivable from these investments but also get direct Return on Investment as an investor.

Also, in line with the Federal Government’s policy of “One local government, one mineral commodity”, Cross River State must key into this vision by promoting the policy at the state level. Every local government in the state must identify at least one mineral resource available in commercial quantity and promote the development and investment in the exploration and exploitation of such.
It cannot be overemphasized that at a time like this when the state is experiencing economic challenges, diversifying the economic base is the best policy direction Sen. Ayade Benedict can take.

The recent creation of the Department of Mineral Resources in the State is a step in the right direction even as the state needs to take further steps in order to achieve set objectives.

The solid mineral sector presently contributes less than 1% to the Gross Domestic Product of Nigeria and the country imports most of its mineral resource needs.

Promoting investment in mineral resources development is the solution to our economic challenge and if we get this right, it has the potential of not only changing our economic fortunes but creating jobs for millions of youths.

Emmanuel Etim is a development consultant based in Nigeria.

Since You Are Here, Support Good Journalism


CrossRiverWatch was founded on the ideals of deploying tech tools to report in an ethical manner, news, views and analysis with a narrative that ensures transparency in governance, a good society and an accountable democracy.

Everyone appreciates good journalism but it costs a lot of money. Nonetheless, it cannot be sacrificed on the altar of news commercialisation.

Consider making a modest contribution to support CrossRiverWatch's journalism of credibility and integrity in order to ensure that all have continuous free access to our noble endeavor.

CLICK HERE

New Feature: Don't miss any of our news again.Get all our articles in your facebook chat box.Click the Facebook Messenger Icon below to subscribe now

Text Advert by CRWatch :Place Yours

Will You To Learn How To Make Millions Of Naira Making Special Creams From Your Kitchen?.Click Here


Expose Your Business And Make More Sales. Advertise On CrossRiverWatch.com Today

You may also read!

This Has Caused Us ‘Monumental Embarrassment’ – Army On Officer Dehumanizing Corp Member

By Patrick Obia The Nigerian Army, headquarters has reacted to the viral video and images where a commissioned female

Read More...
Ezeiruaka Ifenyiwa Fidelia, the corps member assaulted by Lt. Chika Viola Anele

VIDEO: Female Army Officer Assaults Corp Member In Calabar

By Jonathan Ugbal A video obtained by CrossRiverWatch shows a female Lieutenant attached to the 13 Brigade of the

Read More...

Car Free Day: Lawmaker, Stakeholders Promote Cycling And Walking For Better Health

By Victoria Effiong Tackling environmental challenges and global warming may become easier if humans ditch their cars for bicycles

Read More...

Leave a reply:

Your email address will not be published.

Mobile Sliding Menu

Share this now