Igwe Julius Nnaji of Nike, Enugu State has appealed to the Federal Government to accord priority to roads across the country.
Nnaji made the appeal on Friday in Nike when Dr Uchechukwu Ogah, the Minister of State, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development visited him.
The Igwe noted that most federal roads across the country were in a bad condition and needed urgent attention.
He charged the minister of state to work with the fear of God and to always listen to good counsel to enable him succeed in his job.
The Igwe, also the Deputy Chairman, Enugu State Traditional Council thanked the minister for the visit, while urging him to work hard to make his people proud.
“Go and make us proud by excelling in your responsibilities, Nigerians have given you responsibility and you must deliver,’’ the Igwe said.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the minister of state had earlier visited Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuayi of the state.
He told his hosts that he was in the state on a familiarisation tour to the Nigeria Coal Cooperation to enable him have firsthand information on the coal deposits in the state.
Ogah noted that the state was known for its coal deposits which were one of the priority minerals that the Federal Government was looking at to diversify the economy.
He assured that the Federal Government would work with the state to revive its coal industry to create employment and generate revenue for the country.
The minister of state who visited the Oyeama Mining site to access the extent of its coal deposits said the aim was properly advice investors on its enormous potential with a view to attracting them.
He expressed satisfaction that the site still had large coal deposits.
The minister of state re-emphasised the need to formalise artisanal miners and to form them into cooperatives for proper mining operations and to enable them access possible funding from government.
NAN also reports that the minister was conducted round the old mining site by Mr Benjamin Ukwuteyinor, the Assistant Chief Geologist, Nigerian Geological Survey Agency.
The country is endowed with vast and varied solid mineral resources which are widely distributed in virtually all the states, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Edited By: Ese E. Ekama
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