Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, during a capacity building workshop on Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) for beneficial participation of state governments in mining, has said that coal in commercial deposits had been discovered in the state, Vanguard reports.
Tambuwal disclosed this in a statement issued by his spokesman, Malam Imam Imam, on Monday in 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.
The governor also said that the Cement Company of Northern Nigeria (CCNN), otherwise known as Sokoto Cement and owned by the BUA Group, has started using coal as a source of energy in operating its plant. “The excess generated power will be moved to the national grid,” said the governor.