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The Raw Materials Research and Development (RMRDC) is set to partner with the Bauchi State government for the development of the abundant mineral resources in the state.

The Director-General, Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC), Professor Hussaini Doko Ibrahim, represented by the Director, Industrial Extension Services Department (IESD), Dr. Bolarinwa Olugbemi, made this commitment when he received the Bauchi State Commissioner for Mineral Resources, Alhaji Nurudeen Abdulhameed who paid him a working visit in Abuja recently.

The Director-General said Bauchi State is home to some of the most important industrial minerals and raw materials as well as precious stones in the country.

 He stated that a lot can be achieved through collaboration between the Council and Bauchi state to harness these potentials for industrial development and growth.

He also revealed the Council’s interest in partnering with the Bauchi state government to establish a digital Raw Materials Resource Centre to sensitize investors on industrial minerals potentials in the state as well as catalyse investment.

Dr. Bolarinwa Olugbemi, Director Industrial Extension Services Department of RMRDC (Middle), and Hon. Commissioner, Ministry of Mineral Resources, Bauchi State, Alhaji Nuruddeen Abdulhameed during a tour of the RMRDC Raw Materials Resource Centre in Abuja.

The RMRDC DG averred that more investment opportunities were required in the minerals sector to make the state more economically viable, stating that there was the need to promote local and foreign investment opportunities in the state.  

The DG also requested the delegates to produce a comprehensive proposal in this regard to facilitate an effective term of engagement between the Council and Bauchi State.

Earlier, Alhaji Nuruddeen Abdulhameed, the Hon. Commissioner, who was elated by the warm reception accorded him and his team by the management of RMRDC, commended the efforts of the Council in promoting the development of the minerals sector in the state.

He expressed gratitude for the setting up of a turn-key Kaolin and Gypsum processing plant in the state by the Council. He said this project had given rise to the emergence of over 100 SMEs, providing jobs for the multitude of youths in the state, stemming the rise of youth unrest and reduction in crimes.

Alh. Nurudeen said his visit is aimed at strengthening the existing relationship between the Council and Bauchi State, and promised that the state will work assiduously with RMRDC to promote industrial development of minerals in the State.    

The team was later conducted round the Council’s Raw Materials resource Centre.