The list of oil-producing states in Nigeria will be arranged according to the highest producer of crude oil from the top oil-producing states in the country.

Undoubtedly, Nigeria is Africa’s biggest oil producer as its daily volume accounts for 2.5 million oil barrels. Besides being Africa’s leading oil producer, Nigeria magnifies its reputation beyond the continent and with respect to this, the country maintains the 6th spot amongst the global largest oil producers.

Meanwhile, the amazing point of Nigeria’s oil production is that only a few of its States contribute to its massive oil production and factually, these States are regarded as the country’s Niger Delta territories.

Therefore, the Niger Delta is a small region of the country which majorly comprises the South-Southern States. This eventually draws our attention to Nigeria’s major and “factual’’ producers of oil. By saying “factual’’, we mean these States have been observed with the operative ability to churn out crude oil for the country. Right here, you have a list comprising the Largest Oil Producing States in Nigeria

Before our list, it’s important to know that four out of these states provide 80 percent of all crude oil production from Nigeria. These top 4 states include Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, and Rivers State. . .

List Of Oil Producing States In Nigeria

1. Akwa Ibom State

#AkwaIbom is one of the States situated in the Southern region of Nigeria. Impressively, the State happens to be the country’s biggest oil producer. Akwa Ibom makes up about 31.4% of Nigeria’s daily volume of oil production. This State is not only a rich land –for its vast oil deposit –but also one of the beautiful places in Nigeria.

In population, Akwa Ibom has over 5 million inhabitants sparsely distributed across 31 Local Government Areas. Majorly, Akwa Ibom has three ethnic groups which are notably Ibibio, Annang, and Oron. In addition to its sumptuous oil deposit, Akwa Ibom has several other natural endowments including giver nitrate, sand, glass, coal, limestone clay, salt, and natural gas.

2. Delta State

Without doubts, this list would seem incomplete if #DeltaState was excluded from it. Delta State is one of the prominent oil producers in the South-Southern zone and also, the country’s second-biggest oil producer. Meanwhile, the State accounts for about 21.56% of Nigeria’s daily production of crude oil. Warri –regarded as the backbone city of Delta State –houses a petrochemical plant and a refinery.

Delta State is fairly populated by a total of 4 million people and as an independent territory, the State comprises 25 local government councils. At the same time, the State is largely dominated by three ethnic groups which are the Itsekiri’s, the Isoko’s, and the Urhobo’s.

Besides being a massive contributor to Nigeria’s oil sector, Delta State is one of the country’s richest states and its land is rich in other natural resources such as clay, fine sand, timber, and rubber.

3. Rivers State

Previously, Rivers State dominated the first spot among Nigeria’s largest oil-producing states but as of now, the State has lost the first position to Akwa Ibom. Though Rivers State is the largest refiner of crude oil in Nigeria, it remains third among the largest oil-producing states in Nigeria.

On a daily basis, Rivers State accounts for 21.4% of Nigeria’s total volume of oil production. In the aspect of the population, Rivers State happens to be a populous territory particularly through Port Harcourt –its capital city which occupies more than 5 million residents. Like some other Nigerian States, Rivers State is the home of various ethnic groups including Ubani, Kalabari, Upobo, Okrika, Ikwerre, and so on. Besides its massive oil deposit, Rivers State boasts of numerous aquatic endowments.

4. Bayelsa State

Here is another giant oil producer that accounts for almost 18.07% of Nigeria’s daily oil production. Significantly, the history of Nigeria’s crude oil can be related to Oloibiri –the Bayelsa region where Nigeria’s first oil discovery was marked in 1959. Though large deposits of crude oil are now found in several other Nigerian States, Bayelsa State remains the greatest mention in Nigeria’s oil history.

Regarded as the Nigerian State with the least Local Government Areas, Bayelsa has only 8 local government councils. Above that, the State appears amongst Nigeria’s smallest States. Likewise in the aspect of the population, Bayelsa remains one of the sparsely populated States with a total of 1.9 million inhabitants. As regards its ethnic background, Bayelsa is majorly dominated by Epie-Atissa, Izon, Nembe, and Ogbia. Just like Rivers State, Bayelsa State boasts of aquatic resources.

5. Ondo State

Significantly, this State is the only South-Western territory endowed with crude oil. With Akure being its capital city, Ondo State makes up 3.74% of Nigeria’s daily oil production and this marks it as the country’s fifth-largest oil producer.

With a total of 19 Local Government Areas, Ondo State is one of the Nigerian States largely subdivided into local segments. In population, Ondo State is inhabited by a total of 2.4 million people and besides its production of oil, the State is endowed with other natural resources such as tar sands and bitumen.

6. Edo State

Edo State is one of the impressive Nigerian States which boast of oil production –a significant feature that the many Nigerian States lack. On a daily basis, Edo State accounts for 2.06% of Nigeria’s entire oil production.

With Benin City regarded as its capital city, Edo State is populated by a total exceeding 3.3 million people. Meanwhile, these people are sparsely distributed around its Local Government Areas. Like various other Nigerian States, the State boasts of other mineral resources including granite, fine sand, iron ore, gold, clay, and limestone.

7. Imo State

Though Imo State contributes less oil than the other States listed above, the Southern State maintains its remarkable stance as one of the country’s oil producers with a total of 1.06% to Nigeria’s daily oil production. Imo State has a considerable number of Local Government Areas -27 local government councils –across which its 4 million inhabitants are distributed. As a gifted territory, Imo State brings forth several other natural resources including limestone, clay, fine sand, zinc, and lead.

8. Abia State

With Umuahia regarded as its capital city, Abia State is the last mention on this list and that means it is the eighth largest oil producer Nigeria boasts of. On a daily basis, Abia State contributes a total of 0.68% to Nigeria’s oil production.

As another Southern territory, Abia State is populated by a total of 3 million inhabitants who are distributed across its 17 Local Government Areas. Apart from its oil deposit, Abia State is endowed with other resources among which are limestone, fine sand, zinc, and lead.

  • 9. Cross River,

  • 10. Anambra

  • 11. Lagos State

Lagos State recently joins the list of crude oil-producing states in Nigeria, which is a good development to reduce the total concentration on Crude oil-producing regions in the South-South region of Nigeria.

NDDC Facts You Must Know on the Niger Delta States

Meaning of NDDC – Niger Delta Development Commission

There is difference between Niger Delta Region and South South States { mostly refered by some as Niger Delta States }

Niger Delta Region consists of Akwa-Ibom, Edo, Imo, Abia, Cross River and Ondo States { – which are the Crude oil-producing states in Nigeria } while the South-South States consist of Delta State, Cross River State, Akwa Ibom State, Bayelsa State, Edo State, and Rivers State.

The Niger Delta States by the Biafra Militants consist of Abia, Anambra, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Enugu, Delta, Rivers, Cross River, Ebonyi, Imo, Southern part of Benue State, Igbanke in Edo …

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