THISDAY reports that the Nigerian Government, through the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Alhaji Abubakar Bawa Bwari, has assured operators in the ceramics industry of its determination to support the sector.
Bwari, who gave the assurance at the unveiling of Royal Marble, a product of Royal Engineered Stones Limited, congratulated the West Africa Ceramics company for using such a unique technology, which he considered among the best in the world.
The minister promised that the government will continue to add value to whatever is mined or harvested in the country.
According to Bwari, “the fact is that if this country must realise its dream of economic diversification, the ceramics sub-sector has a crucial role to play since the main raw material, clay, is found in every nook and cranny of the country”.
He added that “I believed that the rebirth of the ceramics industry is key to attaining economic opportunities and employment for Nigeria’s youth. I extolled the West African ceramics for proving that, despite the tough times, the policy of backward integration in the Mineral sector is feasible”.
Bwari revealed that the continued importation of ceramic wares in the country has resulted in loss of massive foreign exchange and hoped the success of the Royal Marble product would inspire further investments in the sector.
In his welcome address, Alhaji Lawal Idirisu, the Executive Chairman, Royal Engineered Stones Limited attributed the success of the launch of the company and consequently the new product line- Royal Marble themed ‘Harnessing Engineered Marble for Value Creation in the Built Environment’ to the immeasurably support received from Nigerians.