BRIEF HISTORY


National Steel Raw Materials Exploration Agency came into existence as the Exploration and Mining Division of the defunct Nigerian Steel Development Authority (NSDA), which was established by Decree 19 of 1971. It later became a corporate body through the enactment of decree 49 of 1992 with mandate amongst others to carry out the exploration of steel raw materials in all parts of Nigeria and elsewhere for the iron and steel industry, and to establish and execute a steel raw material base for the country.

RESPONSIBILITY/MANDATE OF THE AGENCY

The functions of the Agency are as follows:-

  • To carry out the exploration of steel raw materials in all parts of Nigeria and elsewhere for the iron and steel industry;

  • To establish and execute a steel raw material base, including mineral resources management, monitoring, resource utilization studies and inventory in relation to the iron and steel industry;

  • To carry out detailed geological, geophysical and geochemical investigations, including analytical and laboratory works, cadastral surveys, photo-geological and other interpretations, core drilling and well logging, geo-statistics and mineral reserves calculations, estimations and evaluations asmay be required for the exploration steel raw materials;

  • To carry out geological investigations of host rocks and overburdens, including geochemical, stratigraphic, mineralogic and petrographic studies and
    field spot-tests of rock and mineral samples for pilot and industrial scale studies in relation to the iron and steel industry;

  • To carry out geotechnical studies of deposits under investigation, slope and rock stability studies, rock mechanics and soil tests as parameters
    requisite for mining of steel raw materials;

  • To ascertain the quality and quantity of steel raw materials and their suitability for their respective industrial uses in the iron and steel industry;

  • To carry out hydro-geological investigations, including geophysical studies for water well drilling and development, bailing and pumping tests, determination of aquifer characteristics, investigation of underground water supply for domestic and industrial purposes as may be required for the Iron and steel industry;

  • To carry out such ground and underground exploratory workings as my be necessary for detailed evaluation of mineral raw materials for the iron
    and steel industry.

  • To undertake detailed and test programmes on steel raw materials including metallurgical grade coking coal (in-seam exploration) aimed at identifying the characteristics and advising on the current knowledge of the mineral contents and their most economic and viable exploration modes;

  • To liaise, collaborate and enter into ventures with other institutions whose functions are related to those of the Agency, whether in Nigeria or elsewhere in relation to the exploration and evaluation of steel raw materials for the iron steel industry;

  • To carry out any other services with respect to matters relating to mineral exploration for the iron and steel industry;

  • To establish, organize, run, operate, conduct and participate in such trainings, courses, lectures, seminars, conferences, symposia and similar studygroups as may enhance the activities of the Agency or the efficiency of any of its officers and employers, and

  • To do such other acts and things as the Agency may consider necessary to enable it to discharge its functions under this decree.