MINING SERVICES INTERVIEW: “Nigeria is on the verge of a new dawn and has amazing blue-sky opportunities in the solid mineral industry”

Let’s start with some background on Minutor International and your work in the mining sector?
Minutor International is a professional exploration services company, comprised of a team of passionate, discovery focused exploration geoscientists, offering comprehensive, high quality and reliable services to the mineral exploration and mining industry, across a wide range of commodities. Our clients include multinational mining companies as well as listed and private junior exploration and mining companies.

We have both the high-end technical capabilities and the field experience to implement professional, efficient and result driven turn-key solutions through a professional driven approach which is supported by our in-house operational and logistical team. This approach has allowed us to effectively plan and implement numerous projects successfully in Nigeria and beyond its borders.

Our services range from greenfields exploration to mine optimisation and mine design. We are not only a consulting company, but we implement, operate and manage your exploration projects, from geophysical surveys, soil sampling, drill management campaigns to mine design and life-of-mine planning.

Any projects that you are involved in in Nigeria that you are particularly excited about at the moment?
Yes, we have a range of exciting projects that is currently on-going. These include commodities like gold, lead, zinc, lithium and copper.  All our clients are long term, as we plan, assist and execute their projects from license management, start of exploration, right through to the resource phase.  

What in your view are the challenges to taking the mining sector in Nigeria to the next level?
The main challenge is security. Certain areas in the country are inaccessible to exploration crews and this has a direct impact on the speed of development of the solid mineral industry. It does seem that government is taking this issue very seriously and they are actively working towards the eradication of these bad elements in society.

And the opportunities?
Nigeria has amazing blue-sky opportunities in the solid mineral industry: from IOCG deposits to hydrothermal and epithermal gold deposits, copper porphyries, sedimentary copper deposits, high grade battery minerals including lead, zinc, lithium and graphite  to name but a few.  High grade REEs have also been described in historical publications.  

What is your vision for the mining sector in Nigeria?
Nigeria is on the verge of a new dawn in the solid mineral industry. With the exploration infrastructure, in the form of international accredited laboratories like MS Analytical, exploration services companies as well as drilling companies already established, opportunities in the solid mineral industries has become a lot easier and less expensive to exploit. I envision a rapidly expanding solid mineral industry, taken into consideration how Nigeria has moved forward in the past year.

You are a returning sponsor at Nigeria Mining Week. How was your experience last year?
Last year was great as we were able to connect with a lot of people in the mining industry.  The Nigerian Mining Week offers the best opportunity to meet with potential clients as well as fellow suppliers.

How important is this event to showcase the country’s mining potential?
Nigeria is possibly the most under-explored country in Africa, but with more and more projects being developed, the country is getting more exposure and attention from the international community. The country needs foreign direct investment, and the under-development is a perfect opportunity. The Nigeria Mining Week provides the country with a perfect platform to showcase its potential as well as a stepping stone for those who are interested in the solid mineral industry.

What will be your message at the event this year?
The doors are open to do business in Nigeria.

Anything you would like to add?
I want to thank the government institutions, in particular the NGSA, for the assistance they are providing us in developing the solid mineral industry in Nigeria.