The Ministry of Solid Minerals Development has confirmed the discovery of Nickel in parts of Kaduna State, northern Nigeria. It said the discovery occurred some months back and experts from the ministry have been following the development as approved by law.
According to Wikipedia, Nickel is a chemical element with symbol Ni and atomic number 28. It is a silvery-white lustrous metal with a slight golden tinge. Nickel belongs to the transition metals and is hard and ductile.
The Federal Ministry of Solid Minerals Development, however, said the government was taking its time to study the occurrence.
A statement from the ministry said, “The Ministry of Solid Minerals Development is aware of the excitement in the media about the discovery of Nickel in parts of Kaduna State. This is totally understandable considering the partial assay of the mineral assets referenced.
“The Ministry is aware of the occurrence of the mineral in the area.
“Since the first discovery many months ago, technical experts from the ministry have been following up on this development as provided by law.
“We appeal to the general public to allow the Ministry to come up with detailed reports on the new find, the statement by Mohammed ABBAS, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry said.