Last October from 4th to 6th in Abuja, the politic Capital of Nigeria, took place a 3 day-workshop on the Nigerian stone Industry to illustrate the current situation of this sector in Nigeria and also to present to the local operators all the actions included in the new programme scheduled by the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development to give new impetus to alternative production sectors out of the oil sector.
The attendants of the above workshop were consistent since the beginning and last day, when the Minister Arch. Musa Mohammed Saba ended the works with his speech, they were around 100 .
This initiative was promoted and strongly wanted by the Minister being part of a technical project sponsored by the World Bank.
After the participation of Nigeria in CarraraMarmotec 2010, IMM Carrara SpA has been charged to carry out the most relevant actions scheduled in the above project.
Although the international economic crisis, Nigeria is facing a housing construction boom and all the materials such as marble and granite are very successful in the local market. Since the local offer is not able to satisfy all the requests, the Country is importing large quantity of those natural stones mainly from Italy and China. The Minister is actually trying to give his approval to measures which will facilitate the development of a local industry based on national sources of undoubtedly quality just like national stone materials and address the local consumers towards stone finished and semi-finished products instead of ceramic or other materials.
The workshop, where natural stone and all its commercial and technical aspects were investigated, was followed by a training course on the stone quarrying, in Kaduna, northern part of the Country. The training course started October 7th and ended October 15th and was participated by 30 trade operators who were trained in quarries of granite which were put at the attendants disposal by ADSON, the Association of Dimension Stone Operators in Nigeria . From 16th to 24th October a second quarrying training course took place in Osi , southern part of Nigeria where marble basins are mostly concentrated.
IMM Carrara SpA is actually satisfying with efficacy all the African Government’s expectations and this constitutes a good premises for a renewed participation of Nigeria to CarraraMarmotec 2012.