Nigeria is Naturally blessed as a country, with a lot of things that we can even touch in this post. If any or some of this are capitalized on, we can see a shift in movement gradually from the crude oil-dependent country Nigeria is at the moment.
List of Mineral Resources in Nigeria and Their Location. Nigeria has a rich land that is favorable to agricultural produce when well managed…
and there is more …
Below is the list of Mineral and Natural Resources in Nigeria and the States that they can be found
Note this list does not consist of everything that can be found in each state just the major resources.
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To those asking : What is the leading Natural Resources in Nigeria
The anwer is Crude Oil
TOP 10 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT MINERAL RESOURCES IN NIGERIA
Nigeria is a country that is blessed with abundant mineral resources. One of the major sources of income for the country is the availability of natural resources like petroleum and others.
Mineral resources are mostly found in the earth’s crust, there are materials of economic interest. Mineral resources in Nigeria are to be used for the development of a country and also to boost the economy. Many of us do not even know some of the natural/mineral resources Nigeria has. The country has resources like petroleum, tin, limestone, coal and many others. Below are some top facts about the mineral resources found in Nigeria.
Coal which is a mineral resource in Nigeria was first discovered in 1909 at Enugu. The exploration of coal started at the ogubate mine in 1918. Research has also shown that Nigeria coal is one of the best coal in the world because of its low sulphur and ash content which makes it eco-friendly, Nigeria has nearly 3 billion tonnes of coal reserves in 17 coal fields and only over 600 tonnes of the proven reserve is present.
Petroleum which is the main source of the Nigerian economy is said to be first founded in Oloibiri in Bayelsa state, this was in the year 1959. 2.5million barrels of crude oil are produced daily while the gas reserves are 180 trillion cubic meters. Nigeria has four (4) currently refineries which none are said to be functional.
Rock salt is one of the highest in demand mineral resources in Nigeria. The rock salt is used in the production of caustic soda, table salt, chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, and many others. It should be known that about 1.5million tonnes of rock salt are being deposited in Nigeria.
Do you know that an estimated amount of 10million tonnes of lead/zinc veins are spread in different states of Nigeria, which is like the Abuja, Enugu, Kano, Cross Rivers and many other states? In the east-central area of Nigeria, about 5million tonnes of lead/zinc are available.
The national iron ore company was founded in 1979. 3billion tonnes of Iron ore is said to be available in Nigeria, iron ore is present in different states in Nigeria, like the FCT Abuja, Enugu, Kogi, and the Niger state. It should also be known as a fact that Nigerians has two (2) steel companies, although they are not functional, one is located at Aladja in Delta state, while the other is in Ajaokuta.
Many do not believe that Nigeria has a gemstone, but it is a fact, now you know. the gemstones in Nigeria are regarded as one of the best in the world today, they are found in Kaduna, Bauchi and Plateau state. Some of the gemstones which are found are sapphire, ruby, emerald, and some others.
In the 1900 Bitumen was discovered and exploration started in 1905. Bitumen which is used in constructing roads for some states like Lagos, Ogun state, Ondo state, and Edo state are all imported. The bitumen reserves which we have in Nigeria are twice the volume of the existing crude oil in the country. It should also be known as a fact that these large reserves have been exploited.
One of the mineral resource which we use in the production of cement, plaster of Paris (POP), chalk and many others is gotten form “GYPSUM”. 1 billion of gypsum deposits are spread out in some states in Nigeria like the Delta state, Edo state, Gombe, Kogi, and some others.
The only Talc plant in Nigeria is the Raw Materials Research Development Council (RMRDC). Talc is a mineral resource in Nigeria, it is found in some states in Nigeria like the Osun state, Kogi state, Oyo state, Niger state, and so many others. Talc deposits in Nigeria are estimated to be about 4 billion tonnes.
Many of us must have heard about the Bentonite and Barite, these are the main constituents of the mud which is used in the drilling of oil wells. The Bentonite and the Barite is actually a natural resource in Nigeria. 700 million tonnes of this mineral resource is spread in some states like Adamawa, Borno, and Plateau while over 7.5million tonnes of barite have been discovered in Taraba and Bauchi state.
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