The University of Ibadan has received N6.5 million to undertake various researches in Titanium oxide ores, provision of optimum blasting parameters, documentation of mining relics and its impact, detailed geological mapping (investigations) for gold and rare earth metals, research and documentation of mining relics and its impact, among others.
This was part of the N84million shared to to 11 universities to conduct research and development of minerals deposit in Nigeria by the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development on Thursday in Abuja
The minister, Alhaji Abubakar Bwari, who presented the universities with letters of participation, said that they were required to conduct research and development in various areas relating to mapping and evaluation of particular mineral deposits in Nigeria.
Bwari said that this would no doubt increase the fountain of geosciences data required by mining investors.
He said that the research would also impact on students and lecturers that would be involved in the fieldwork, as it would also improve the quality of learning in tertiary institutions.
“The research will improve the quality of learning in our schools; we have seen so many graduates of geology and mining who cannot identify basic mineral types,’’ he said.