Nigeria: The Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Nigeria, in collaboration with the World Bank Sustainable Management of Minerals Resources Project (SMMRP) has completed 100% airborne geophysical survey of the country and launched the manual for the geochemical mapping of the nation.
The World Bank assisted Sustainable Management of Minerals Resources (SMMRP) has embarked on both geophysical and geochemical mapping of the country. Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Elizabeth Emuren recently put this in very clear terms saying: “the target of these surveys is to guide investors and the public in the solid minerals sector.”
She noted that “the ministry has carried out airborne geophysical survey covering 44% of the country’s land mass measuring radiometric and magnetic parameters. Following the success of this earlier programme, the ministry sought and obtained the assistance of the SMMRP through the International Development Agency (IDA) credit to carry out the rest of 56% of the country landmass.
With the completion of the Niger Delta early this month, Nigeria can now count herself as one of the very few African countries to achieve 100% coverage of its land area by airborne geophysical survey-primarily magnetic and radiometric measurements.”