“Fifteen kilometres into the dense farmland, lies a deposit of gold right under our noses. Gold is mined by locals in limestone rocks and shallow ditches. Sometimes it is washed away by running water as “alluvial gold”.
“The locals have done all they could for government intervention by securing a mining licence and getting investors that can give them jobs and provide the much needed infrastructure (roads, schools, etc) as corporate social responsibility. According to the locals, it is sold @ N10,000 per gram and N2,000 per 50kg of unprocessed and unrefined limestone rocks. At the moment there is no case of lead poisoning but the environment is ravaged by gullies and erosion.
“The earliest feasibility study dates back to the colonial era, and another done in the 70’s. This discovery has great potential for the state and the country at large especially @ times when the global price of oil and gas is dwindling.
“This is a call to government officials, legislators, researchers, academicians, politicians, and investors to explore the potentials of gold mining in Kano so we can secure an alternative source of income for the state.
“Besides the later, government’s intervention is also needed urgently, to help the locals with tools, equipment, mining gear, gloves, boots, first aid. They also need to be taught basic safety rules in mining.”