Geological Survey of Ethiopia announced that it has discovered 21 new potential mining areas.
Organization Public Relations Director Tameru Mersha recently told Addis Zemen Daily that : “ We had planned to explore 35 mining areas in the last Ethiopian fiscal year but we have succeeded in identifying 21 spots.”
According to him, these mining areas are endowed with different kinds of resources and found in nationwide. “ Among the discoveries , nine of them are gold deposit areas and located in Benishangul Gumuz state namely Kamash and Mankush zones.
Industrial minerals had also been found in Dire-Dawa, Belewa, Hulahul and Lege-oda. Steel mineral was discovered at Tigray in four areas. The coal reservation area’s was identified at Dawuro Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples State as well . In addition , the Gemstone reserve areas were unearthed at Melkakuro, Legederi and Adesri areas of Dire-Dawa City Administration ,” he added.
The Director also stressed that the nation needs to do a lot in mining exploration and capacity building apart from overcoming challenges and realizing the set goals of the organization in a timely manner.
For the current fiscal year, the organization have planned to expand the geological mapping coverage of the country from 84.9 percent to 88 percent by identifying over 41 new potential natural resource areas.
Hence, he said that the new natural resource discovered areas including 27 sedimentary gold deposits, four Gemstone and steel mineral as well as one coal potential areas has increased the mining areas to 215 from 174.
BY YOSEF KETEMA