The Nasarawa State government and the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) have agreed to partner on a lithium processing policy that would ensure that lithium mined in the state is processed locally instead of exporting it raw.
A statement signed by NASENI’S Director of Information and Protocol, Olusegun Ayeoyenikan said the agreement was reached during a meeting between the Nasarawa State Governor, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule, and the Executive Vice Chairman of NASENI, Dr. Bashir Gwandu, in Abuja.
Governor Sule said that the state has a large deposit of lithium, which is a key component in the production of batteries for electric vehicles and other electronic devices. He said that the partnership with NASENI would help to create jobs and boost the state’s economy.
Dr. Gwandu said that NASENI has the expertise and facilities to process lithium, and that the partnership would help to make Nigeria a major player in the global lithium market.
The two parties agreed to work together to develop a lithium processing plant in Nasarawa State. They also agreed to collaborate on research and development in the field of lithium technology.
The agreement is a significant step forward for Nigeria’s efforts to develop its lithium resources. It is also a boost for the country’s efforts to diversify its economy and move away from oil dependence.