The Raw Materials Research and Development Council said on Thursday that Bauchi State could generate more than N1.6tn annually as revenue from Kaolin if properly harnessed.
Mallam Ahmed Waziri, the RMRDC Acting Coordinator in the state made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Bauchi.
He described kaolin as a widely used industrial non-metallic mineral, refined from kaolonite.
“The mineral is used as raw materials in the production of cement, plastics, rubber paper, paints, ink, insecticides, food additives, chemicals, pencils, detergents, textiles and drugs among others.
“Its major consumers include ceramic, paint, rubber, plastic, pharmaceuticals industries and fertiliser blending plants, “he said.
Waziri, who quoted a survey conducted by the Nigerian Mining Corporation, said the state had more than 10 million tonnes of kaolin reserves.
The survey said the deposit could be found mostly in Alkaleri, Kirfi and Toro Local Governments Areas.
He said if properly positioned, the state had the capacity of milling 403, 200 tonnes of kaolin annually which will generate N1.6tn at N4,000 per tonne.
He said as of 2004, kaolin production estimated by the RMRDC was 16,800 tonnes monthly, adding that the figure had doubled due to high proliferation of mining activities in the state.
He however lamented that due to lack of government support, the current production capacity stood at 3,240 tonnes monthly, generating only N155m per annum.
“Most of the kaolin producers in the state are small scale miners, using rudimentary implements like diggers and shovels.
“More so, there are currently 27 major millers of kaolin under the Bauchi Kaolin Millers Association, using locally fabricated milling machines with the capacity of milling only 30 tonnes of kaolin per week.
“This put their combine production capacity at 3, 240 in a month, out of which only N155m is being generated annually. This is not good enough,” he said.
Waziri called on the state government to partner with RMRDC through its Ministry for Solid Minerals to support the millers with turnkey milling machines with a capacity of milling 30 tonnes per day.
“This would go a long way in enhancing their production capacity to meet high demand with PZ Cosmetics Company alone requiring over 50, 000 tonnes annually.”
The coordinator said that before the advent of raw material intervention programme of the RMRDC, Nigeria was importing 100 per cent kaolin.
“With the intervention of RMRDC, 80 per cent requirement of kaolin by Nigerian industries is now locally sourced,” he added.
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