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Nigeria has strategic mineral resources in its seabed, which will be exploited through adequate deployment of technology, President Muhammadu Buhari has said.

The President spoke Friday at State House, Abuja, while playing host to Mr Michael Lodge, Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority, who was attending a workshop on Africa Deep Sea Resources in Abuja.

He said resources would be deployed, and studies done, believing it would be worth the while.

The President also used the occasion to applaud the Nigerian Navy for its role in protecting the country’s maritime domain, urging it to “continue to guard us jealously.”

Mr Lodge thanked Nigeria for hosting the international workshop, and lauded the country for the leadership it provides on the African continent.

He encouraged the country to explore her deep seabed resources “to support the blue economy,” and pledged solidarity with Nigeria during his administration as the Secretary-General.