DODOMA, Tanzania —
A minute-scale miner in Tanzania has turn into an overnight millionaire after unearthing two of the ideal tough tanzanite gem stones ever found.
Tanzania’s government sold the e book-sized stones weighing 20 kilos (9 kg) and 11 kilos (5 kg) from miner Saniniu Laizer for $3.4 million.
Minerals Minister Doto Biteko said on utter television Wednesday the government is shopping the rare minerals for preservation.
“We’re signing agreements as of late in public to facilitate the cash transfer … and the government recognizes Laizer is a peculiar billionaire,” he said, talking by the local forex.
Laizer said in a televised interview he plans to originate a procuring center and a college for his community. “The cash that I non-public received as of late, I will allocate it to extra pattern activities,” he said.
Tanzania is a properly off nation, President John Magufuli said when congratulating him.
Tanzanite is found ideal in the East African nation.
Mining activities accounted for 17% of the East African nation’s GDP in 2019. Magufuli’s administration has imposed reforms that gaze to curb smuggling and develop earnings sequence in the field.