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|Tags:||EMIN BEXP ECON LY|
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UNCLAS ABUJA 000984 SIPDIS SENSITIVE E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: EMIN, BEXP, ECON, LY SUBJECT: KADUNA STATE MINERAL RESOURCES REF: ABUJA 0501 1. (U) This is an action request. See paras. (4) and (5). 2. (U) During a meeting with Ambassador Jeter on March 28, Kaduna State Governor Ahmed Makarfi discussed at length his desire to bring in a U.S. company to exploit solid minerals in his state. He claimed that there were squatters illegally mining gold and other precious metals in Kaduna. He asked for USG assistance in first determining what minerals were present and whether or not they exist in commercially viable quantities for exploitation. Second, he asked that U.S. natural resource firms be "invited" to consider developing Kaduna's natural resources. 3. (SBU) Makarfi also claimed that Libyan firms had approached him about exploiting these resources, and expressed a desire not to have a major Libyan presence in Kaduna. 4. (U) Action request for USGS. What information does the USGS have regarding the presence of solid minerals in Kaduna State? 5. (U) Action request for Department of Commerce. There appears to be the potential for minerals development in Kaduna State. Does USDOC know of any U.S. companies which might be interested in exploring this possibility, or have expressed interest in solid minerals exploration and production in Nigeria? JETER
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