The Commonwealth has said that it is willing to support Nigeria in developing a policy framework for the solid mineral sector that would enable the country catch up with the progress made by fellow member countries in the Pacific region. Senior Director, Trade, Oceans, and Natural Resources Department, Commonwealth, Paul Kautoke, made the pledge when the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dele Alake, paid a courtesy visit to officials at the Commonwealth secretariat.

 Kautoke also commended Nigeria’s interest in deep sea mining, adding that deep sea mining holds prospects for the extraction of valuable minerals such as copper, cobalt, nickel, gold, and rare earth elements.

Alake welcomed the Commonwealth’s support and indicated that the government would explore the potential of the new venture in collaboration with relevant ministries. He also said the ministry would develop a country proposal for further consideration. He stated that Nigeria is exploring the potential of deep sea mining in its coastal waters. The minister expressed the government’s interest in mobilising international assistance to develop the country’s solid minerals sector, including deep sea mining, in line with President Bola Tinubu’s drive to diversify the economy. The minister stated that solid minerals would play an important role in achieving this goal.

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