Minister of State for Mines and Steel, Dr Uchechukwu Ogah said on Thursday at Egu-Ogwu village of Ohaozara LGA that the artisanal and small scale mining-lead processing plant sited in Ebonyi State would commence operations in June 2021.
He said this while inspecting the plant’s site donated to the Federal Government by the state government stating that it would serve the entire South-East zone.
“This is one of the President Muhammdu Buhari administration’s policies of ensuring that artisanal miners have a place in the Nigerian society,
“The jobs to be created with the project would be in hundreds as the nation’s mining system is characterised by the activities of artisanal miners,” he said.
David Umahi, Governor of Ebonyi State praised the Minister for the success he had achieved as an entrepreneur with huge business interests.
The Chairman of South East Governor’s Forum (SEGF), Emmanuel Udom also Akwa Ibom State’s Governor further urged Ogah to speed up actions on the proposal to harness the huge salt and limestone granules potentials of Ebonyi State.