Desert-pages Ltd and its sister company Istern-shore ltd is delighted to have you as a friend and a customer. We also appreciate our customers extended hand of friendship and partnership which has helped in reviving an old tradition of gems and mineral trading, but with an expanded scope and mission.
At Desert-pages, we are determined to revive the old tradition of gem and mineral trade as well provide a marketplace to our neighbours and across the international gem community.
With Desert-pages and Istern-shore we provide a forum for the international gem community to present their views to our Government and the leaders of the gem and mineral industry. This will help us to enhance harmonization of the gemstone and mineral trade industry in our country. To formalize and cross check, accountability of origin, fair trade, child labour, and to monitor other areas of concern that our friends and customers may have.
Nigeria as a nation is heavily dependent on oil export and the gem and mining industry is over looked. That is why Desert-pages and Istern-shore has always been passionate about creating a world class platform to help its country achieve maximum benefit from its natural resources which becomes a crucial tool in our quest to Adding value to the lives of the locals with a combined local beneficiation policy in which our friends and customers can derive a direct benefit from our market which is our goal.
We hope, as we have always hoped that, desert-pages and Istern-shore is going to be the beginning of a long history of a revived old tradition of the gem and mineral trade, and that will take us to our goal for local beneficiation and value addition. Making us a pivot for the gem and mineral trade in years to come.
PRINCE O C EKWEM MD/CEO
Nigeria is endowed with vast reserves of solid minerals, including, but not limited to, precious metals, stones and industrial minerals.
The country was a major exporter of tin, columbite and coal in the early 1970s. However, activities in this sector nose-dived considerably when crude oil production began to take the centre stage, and became a major source of foreign exchange for the country.
With the return to democracy in 1999, the need to diversify the revenue base of the country became paramount. A new national focus and strategy on mining evolved such that in 2007, the Nigerian Minerals and Mining Act (The Mining Act) was enacted to revitalize the Nigerian mining industry.
There are over 40 different types of minerals spread across the country, including:
gold, barite, bentonite, limestone, coal, bitumen, iron ore, tantalite / columbite, lead/zinc, barites, gemstones, granite, marble, gypsum, talc, iron ore, lead, lithium, silver, etc.
However, majority of the minerals are available in commercial quantity while some are not.