The Group Executive Chairman, Eta Zuma West Africa Limited, Dr. Innocent Ezuma, in an interview with The Punch has said that the company’s activities motivated the richest black man in the world – Alhaji Aliko Dangote – to go into coal mining.
He also noted that every other private organisation in Nigeria today that is mining coal is doing it because Eta Zuma went ahead and succeeded and showed that it could be done. He said that the major operators or world players in the mining sector are interested in going to countries where there is scientific data on a particular mineral of interest but that Nigeria has no real relevant data on minerals. He said the government should therefore encourage companies like Eta Zuma, that are totally committed to conducting exploration activities with all the state-of-the-art equipment.
On Dangote and others he said; “he has opened two mines now. He is mining his own. The imports have drastically reduced. The idea is that we support him to ensure that he does not import again. He wants to support local businesses like ours.” He also added; “Now everybody is doing it. BUA is calling me. They want to go into coal. They are now retrofitting their Sokoto cement plant. They want coal. They will retrofit their Edo cement plant to use coal. Even Lafarge plant in Ewekoro is on coal. They are also doing Port Harcourt coal.”