‘World class’ Nickel Discovered In Nigeria

An Australian newspaper has made reports about a “world class and highly unusual” Nickel discovery in Nigeria.

Nickel discovery in Nigeria was made by an Australian organisation that is headed by Hugh Morgan, a mining expert. According to The Australian, The metal was discovered in northern Nigeria, close to Dangoma, a small farming town about 160km northeast of the Nigerian capital of Abuja. The newspaper said:

“The discovery is unusual because the nickel is found in small balls up to 3mm in diameter of a high purity in shallow soils in what could be the surface expression of a much bigger hard-rock nickel field.

“The nickel balls rumoured to grade better than 90 percent nickel and thought to be a world first given their widespread distribution, offer the potential for early cash flow from a simple and low-cost screening operation to fund a full assessment of the find that has exploration circles buzzing.”

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Nigeria’s Minister of Solid Minerals, Mr. Kayode Fayemi will be among the speakers at the Africa Down Under Mining conference in Perth, Australia. The conference will hold for three days in September.

According to Nigeria’s Premium Times, Hugh Morgan stated that it was for the Nigerian government to make an announcement on the discovery. When the Minister of Solid Minerals was contacted, Mr. Fayemi’s Chief Press Secretary, Olayinka Oyebode stated that he had no details on the reported nickel discovery in Nigeria.

“I know there is a mining conference coming up in Australia where the Honourable Minister is supposed to make a presentation. But I don’t have an advance knowledge of what he’s going to talk about but, generally speaking, he’s going to market Nigeria,” the Chief Press Secretary was reported to have said.

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Nickel is a metal that is commonly used to make stainless steel, non-ferrous alloys, batteries, and even used for plating.