Specialists from BGS and GTK (Finland) ran a workshop on geochemical mapping techniques in Kaduna, Nigeria, from 19-23 Jan 2009. Over 50 people attended, including staff from the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency (NGSA) and Nigerian universities. The workshop was opened by representatives of the Kaduna State Governor and Nigeria’s Minister of Mines and Steel Development, and was covered in the national media.
During the week-long workshop, participants were trained in practical sampling techniques, digital mapping, and analysis of geochemical data. The workshop was widely agreed to be a success by both trainers and trainees, and in the words of one trainee, the training was “very enlightening, I cannot wait to do it hands-on in the field and see the outcome - which I believe will change the mining sector in this country”.
The workshop was part of a larger World Bank-funded project, in which BGS and GTK will provide technical assistance to the NGSA as they develop a national geochemical mapping programme. The geochemical maps will be used for mineral exploration in Nigeria, as well as for environmental issues. BGS involvement with the project is expected to last for two years.
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