by Silas Ezeugwu
Nigeria’s natural minerals have always attracted low prices due to the failure to process them into finished products. SILAS EZEUGWU reports that the federal government, through the MinDiver Project, is taking steps to reverse this trend by graduating the second batch of young Nigerians trained in the craft of jewellery making.
Nigeria’s dwindling revenue profile has prompted the federal government’s drive toward diversifying Nigeria from a mono-product economy dependent on fossil fuel. Two major sectors – mining and solid minerals sector and the agricultural sector – hold the candle for others in this quest for economic diversity and value addition.
This fact is not lost on the Federal Ministry of Mines Development, which has initiated several programmes to create a sustainable value chain that will create both wealth and jobs for Nigeria and Nigerians.
One such programme is the master gemstone and jewellery-making and design skill training of about 40 young Nigerians selected from across all the states of the federation.