Senator representing Adamawa South Senatorial District, Senator Ahmadu Abubakar has admonished the Federal Government to fully develop the large deposits of solid minerals across the country if it really wants to diversify the oil backed economy.
The Senator lamented that Nigeria still suffers paucity of money to fund her annual budgets despite impressive deposits of different mineral resources in virtually every geographical zones of the nation.
To fully develop the solid minerals sector, the senator sponsored a bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of the School of Mines and Geological Studies, Guyuk, Adamawa State.
The bill was read for the second time at plenary on Wednesday, according to Abubakar is to provide legislative framework for the establishment of the institution which will serve as training ground for both skilled and unskilled manpower in the mines and geological sector.
Such an institution he said will be central to human capital development and will equip human resources needed in establishments such as the Nigerian Mining Corporation in Jos and mining fields across the country.
Addressing the press after plenary, Abubakar said the school will provide thousands of jobs for people in the mining sector, curtail exploitation of mineral resources by foreigners operating in the sector and reduce hazards associated with mining.
In preparation for the establishment of the school by the host community, he said there are Skill Acquisition centres already built because people in the community are eager to host the school.
The senator added that the Adamawa State government is ready to develop infrastructure for the take off of the school.