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Nigeria’s Commitment to Gemstone Value Addition Gains Momentum

by Madonna

In a bid to maximize the benefits of its abundant solid mineral resources, Nigeria is pivoting towards value addition and local processing of gemstones under the leadership of the new Minister of Solid Mineral Development, Mr. Dele Alake. This strategic shift aims to elevate Nigeria from being a mere exporter of raw minerals to a nation that reaps substantial rewards through value addition, job creation, and capacity development.

Minister Dele Alake reaffirmed this vision during a recent address in Abuja, where he emphasized the importance of adding value to Nigeria’s solid minerals. He highlighted the far-reaching benefits of this approach, which not only fetches significantly higher prices for the country’s mineral products but also fosters skill and capacity development while generating employment opportunities.


The occasion for Minister Alake’s remarks was the graduation ceremony and starter pack presentation for Batch 3 graduates of the Gemstone and Jewellery Master Training and Empowerment program. This initiative is a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Solid Minerals Development and the World Bank-assisted Mineral Sector Support for Economic Diversification Project (MInDiver Project).


Now in its third iteration, the program has successfully trained and empowered a total of 71 young Nigerians hailing from all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. These individuals have undergone intensive training in the intricate art and business of gemstone and jewellery design and production.


The program’s growth is evident, with 20 beneficiaries in the first batch, 21 in the second batch, and 30 in the most recent third batch. Beyond imparting knowledge and practical skills, the program goes a step further by equipping its graduates with starter packs to facilitate the launch of their careers in the gemstone and jewellery industry.

On August 31, 2023, the third batch of 30 beneficiaries celebrated their graduation from the rigorous five-month master training program at the Jewellery Training Centre in Abuja. The highlight of the event was the presentation of starter packs to these enthusiastic graduates, a momentous occasion attended by Minister Dele Alake, key ministry officials, technical partners, and various stakeholders.

Nigeria’s commitment to adding value to its gemstone resources is steadily gaining momentum, promising a brighter future for its solid mineral sector and the skilled workforce it is nurturing.


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