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Highest Grade Nickel Discovered in Nigeria

An Australian firm has discovered a rare mineral resource that could turn Nigeria’s economic fortunes around.

The mineral resource, a 90 per cent nickel was discovered at Dangoma in the north-west state of Kaduna state. Owner of the Australian firm, Huge Morgan says the federal government is in the best position to announce the discovery

The private mining syndicate headed by Hugh Morgan who is a  mining industry veteran made the discovery at Dangoma in the north-west state of Kaduna.

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 per cent nickel and thought to be a world first given their widespread distribution, offer the potential for early cashflow from a simple and low-cost screening operation to fund a full assessment of the find that has exploration circles buzzing.

An Australian National daily quoted Morgan as saying that he expects the federal government of Nigeria to make an official announcement but reports that Olayinka Oyebode, chief press secretary of minister of solid minerals development, Kayode Fayemi, said he had no details of the discovery.

Oyebode however confirmed that Fayemi is scheduled to be in Australia next week as one of the speakers at a three-day Africa Down Under mining conference at Perth’s Pan Pacific Hotel, Australia.

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