The Periscope reporter
Adamawa State Commissioner Mineral Resources Alh. Bappa Dalhatu Isa while speaking on ABC radio Hausa program ‘Ribar demok aradiya’ gave an update to the people of Adamawa State on the current efforts of the Adamawa State Government and the BUA Group to establish a cement manufacturing company in Guyuk.
Dalhatu said that considering the importance of the project, the Executive Governor of Adamawa State Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has constituted two committees to drive the process and ensure the delivery of the project.
The two Committees are the standing committee which is under the chairmanship of the secretary to the state government and a technical committee headed by the commissioner mineral resources.
The committees’ mamdate is to work closely with the BUA Group and the Guyuk community leaders to work on the necessary agreements and ensure that the project is actualised without any hitch.
The commissioner stated that the project when completed is expected to provide 3 million direct job and 5 million indirect jobs.
He also said that the proposed project is about 3 times the size of Ashaka Cement and therefore will turn around the fortunes of Adamawa State in general and Guyuk Community in particular.
The Commissioner promised that any agreement that will be signed will have the interest of Adamawa state and that of the Guyuk community adequately protected.
Dalhatu said that a team of geologists from the BUA Group will soon arrive Guyuk to carry out Core drilling activities to ascertain the amount of limestone deposits in the area, Which will also determine the factory site.
The Commissioner called on the Guyuk community members to give their maximum cooperation with the BUA Group.
The Commissioner also said that investigation will continue to be made on mineral types such as Coal, Gold, Barites, Lead and Zinc to attract potential investors.
Dalhatu however, lamented on some of the challenges facing the mining in Adamawa State especially, on illegal miners.
He said illegal mining is not about those that mine without papers. Anybody that engages in mining activities without a mining license is illegal.
In order to check these activities, the state government has constituted its Mineral Resources and Environmental Management Committee (MIREMCO) as enshrined in the 2007 Mining Act.
The commissioner said the committee, which is chaired by him is to among other things, check illegal mining and prosecute offenders.