Natural Resources

Nigeria is among countries in Africa with a wide variety of different natural resources. The country is richly endowed with natural resources ranging from industrial metals to various precious stones such as Barites, Gypsum, Kaolin and Marble. Most of these minerals are yet to be exploited. Statistically, the level of exploitation of these minerals is very low in relation to the extent of deposit found in the country. One of the objectives of the new National Policy on solid minerals is to ensure the orderly development of the mineral resources of the country.

  • Nigerian States and their Natural Resources
  • PROFILE OF SOLID MINERAL DEPOSITS IN NIGERIA
 
 
S/NSTATESNATURAL RESOURCES
1 Abia Gold, Lead/Zinc, Limestone, Oil/Gas & Salt
2 Abuja Cassiterite, Clay, Dolomite, Gold, Lead/Zinc, Marble & Tantalite
3 Adamawa Bentonite, Gypsium, Kaolin & Magnesite
4 Akwa Ibom Clay, Lead/Zinc, Lignite, Limestone, Oil/Gas, Salt & Uranium
5 Anambra Clay, Glass-Sand, Gypsium, Iron-ore, Lead/Zinc, Lignite, Limestone, Phosphate & Salt
6 Bauchi Gold, Cassiterite (tine ore), Columbite, Gypsium, Wolfram, Coal, Limestone, Lignite, Iron-ore & Clay
7 Bayelsa Glay, Gypsium, Lead/Zinc, Lignite, Limestone, Maganese, Oil/Gas & Uranium
8 Benue Barite, Clay, Coal, Gemstone, Gypsium, Iron-Ore, Lead/Zinc, Limestone, Marble & Salt
9 Borno Bentonite, Clay, Diatomite, Gypsium, Hydro-carbon, Kaolin & Limestone
10 Delta Clay, Glass-sand, Gypsium, Iron-ore, Kaolin, Lignite, Marble & Oil/Gas
11 Ebonyi Gold, Lead/Zinc & Salt
12 Edo Bitumen, Clay Dolomite, Phosphate, Glass-sand, Gold, Gypsium,Iron-ore, Lignite, Limestone, Marble & Oil/Gas
13 Ekiti Feldspar, Granite, Kaolin, Syenite & Tatium
14 Enugu Coal, Lead/Zinc & Limestone
15 Gombe Gemstone & Gypsium
16 Imo Gypsium, Lead/Zinc, Lignite, Limestone, Marcasite, Oil/Gas, Phosphate & Salt
17 Cross River Barite, Lead/Zinc, Lignite, Limestone, Manganese, Oil/Gas, Salt & Uranium
18 Jigawa Butyles
19 Kaduna Amethyst, Aqua Marine, Asbestos, Clay, Flosper, Gemstone, Gold, Graphite, Kaolin, Hyanite, Mica, Rock Crystal, Ruby, Sapphire, Sihnite, Superntinite, Tentalime, Topaz & Tourmaline
20 Kano Gassiterite, Copper, Gemstone, Glass-sand, Lead/Zinc, Pyrochinre & Tantalite
21 Kastina Kaolin, Marble & Salt
22 Kebbi Gold
23 Kogi Cole, Dolomite, Feldspar, Gypsium, Iron-ore, Kaolin, Marble, Talc & Tantalite
24 Kwara Cassiterite, Columbite, Feldspar, Gold, Iron-ore, Marble, Mica & Tantalite
25 Lagos Bitumen, Clay & Glass-sand
26 Nasarawa Amethyst (Topaz Garnet), Barytex, Barite, Cassirite, Chalcopyrite, Clay, Columbite, Coking Coal, Dolomite/Marble, Feldspar, Galena, Iron-ore, Limstone, Mica, Salt, Sapphire, Talc, Tantalite, Tourmaline Quartz& Zireon
27 Niger Gold, Lead/Zinc & Talc
28 Ogun Bitumen, Clay, Feldspar, Gemstone, Kaolin, Limestone & Phosphate
29 Ondo Bitumen, Clay, Coal, Dimension Stones, Feldspar, Gemstone, Glass-Sand, Granite, Gypsium, Kaolin, Limestone & Oil/Gas
30 Osun Columbite, Gold, Granite, Talc, Tantalite & Tourmaline
31 Oyo Aqua Marine, Cassiterite, Clay, Dolomite, Gemstone, Gold, Kaolin, Marble, Silimonite, Talc & Tantalite
32 Pleteau Barite, Bauxite, Betonite, Bismuth, Cassiterite, Clay, Coal, Emeral, Fluoride, Gemstone, Granite, Iron-ore, Kaolin, Lead/Zinc, Marble, Molybdenite, Phrochlore, Salt, Tantalite/Columbite, Tin & Wolfram
33 Rivers Clay, Glass-Sand, Lignite, Marble & Oil/Gas
34 Sokoto Clay, Flakes, Gold, Granite, Gypsium, Kaolin, Laterite, Limestone, Phosphate, Potash, Silica Sand & Salt
35 Taraba Lead/Zinc
36 Yobe Soda Ash & Tintomite
37 Zamfara Coal, Cotton & Gold
There are tremendous opportunities for investments in the solid mineral sector of the Nigerian economy. Prospecting licenses are granted by the Federal Ministry of Solid Minerals Development to investors (local and foreign), to enable them participate in the exploitation of the vast mineral resources in Nigeria.