The Nigerian Export Promotion Council, NEPC, has said a total of 34 minerals of commercial quantities have been found in Nigeria.
The Europe correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reported that the minerals include silver, tin columbite, calcium and lime stone.
Mr David Adulugba, executive director of NEPC told NAN in London on Sunday that the NEPC was currently looking for a market for the minerals.
According to him, “A total of 34 minerals of commercial quantities have been found in Nigeria which is more than the oil; the Ministry of Solid Minerals is helping in their production. Our job is to find the market.’’
He urged interested investors, including Nigerians living abroad to register with NEPC online, adding that many things, including export, were being subjected to various reform programs.
“We don’t want 419ners; we don’t want money launderers, drug and cocaine pushers; we desire that you register properly with the Corporate Affairs Commission, come to our office, we see eye ball to eye ball so we know who you are.’’
Adulugba explained that all export products must be traceable to their production stage in Nigeria.
He added that the NEPC would not issue export licenses because it had been banned by government.
“What we have is export registration certificate where a number is given to you to put on the export form obtained from the bank called NXP form, at the cost of N10, 000,” Adulugba said.
He urged Nigerians abroad to liaise with the Nigerian missions to explore ways of tapping into solid minerals exports.