Taraba State is endowed with rich and diverse deposits of solid minerals. From the existing preliminary data, metallic minerals such as gelana abound in Ibi, Karim-Lamido, Sardauna, and Wukari Local Government Areas (LGAs); non-metallic minerals such as barite abound in Bali, Gashaka, Ibi, Karim-Lamido, Sardauna, Wukari, and Gassol LGAs•, while gemstones such as sapphire abound in Bali, Gashaka, Karim Lamido, Kunni and Sardauna LGAs. Gold, another gemstone, also abounds in Gashaka and Kurmi LGAs, to mention a few.
However, for over 20 years, the quantity and quality of these solid minerals have not been ascertained only in the last 3 years that Russian consultants were engaged by the last administration to provide the preliminary data that would demonstrate the potential for investment. This effort will be re-assessed to validate its feasibility; once ascertained, we will speedily conclude the transaction to acquire the requisite data that will attract investors in the sector.
In the meantime, all artisanal mining activities in Taraba State will be regulated, in collaboration with the Federal Government, to monitor and oversee their operations, as well as explore revenue generating opportunities to enhance the implementation of the Rescue Agenda.