Togo has now joined the circle of manganese-producing countries. Thanks to the soon-to-be exploitation of the Nayega manganese deposit in the far north.
The decision was taken at a recent ministerial council meeting in Lomé, the capital. The government has granted the operating licence to Societe Generale des Mines (SGM).
This is due to “conclusive” studies that this subsidiary of the British keras Resources have recently carried out. The SGM indicates that the 11-year mine contains reserves estimated at 8.5 million tonnes.
For Lomé, this project is promising in that it will not only create direct and indirect employments, but also help the country implement Axis 3 of the National Development Plan (NDP) consisting mainly of creating infrastructure for the benefit of local communities.
An official ststement from the government reads in part;
“The exploitation of this mineral will contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the NDP axis 3 with the implementation of community development projects and the creation of direct and indirect employments that will undoubtedly have a positive social and economic impact on the ‘economy of the area of exploitation of this ore.’
The project is also expected to participate in agricultural development. “It will also contribute to the objectives of The Plan’s Axis 2, which aims to develop manufacturing and extractive agricultural processing hubs,” the document adds.
In Togo, the mining sector supported so far by phosphate mining contributes more than 40% of the national budget.
Manganese is used in the production of a variety of important materials in everyday life, like in dry cell batteries, as a black-brown pigment in paint and as an important alloys and to deoxidize steel.