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Kasim Sumaina in Abuja
The federal government has warned artisanal and informal miners to desist from selling raw gemstones at ridiculous prices for export to countries such as Dubai, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the United States.
To this end, the government has commenced the process of discouraging those involved in such act.
It has also engaged experts to train locals in gemstones and jewelry production to compete with their counterparts anywhere in the world.
The Minister of State, Mines and Steel Development, Senator Gbemisola Saraki, said this on the occasion of the graduation and send forth of Batch 2 Master Gemstone and jewelry making and design Trainees in Abuja.
Saraki, who spoke at the presentation of certificates to students, disclosed that Nigeria was abundantly blessed with several varieties of minerals resources.