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Natural Resources

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

Abia

Gold, Lead/Zinc, Limestone, Oil/Gas & Salt

Abuja

Cassiterite, Clay, Dolomite, Gold, Lead/Zinc, Marble & Tantalite

Adamawa

Bentonite, Gypsium, Kaolin & Magnesite

Akwa Ibom

Clay, Lead/Zinc, Lignite, Limestone, Oil/Gas, Salt & Uranium

Anambra

Clay, Glass-Sand, Gypsium, Iron-ore, Lead/Zinc, Lignite, Limestone, Phosphate & Salt

Bauchi

Gold, Cassiterite (tine ore), Columbite, Gypsium, Wolfram, Coal, Limestone, Lignite, Iron-ore & Clay

Bayelsa

Glay, Gypsium, Lead/Zinc, Lignite, Limestone, Maganese, Oil/Gas & Uranium

Benue

Barite, Clay, Coal, Gemstone, Gypsium, Iron-Ore, Lead/Zinc, Limestone, Marble & Salt

Borno

Bentonite, Clay, Diatomite, Gypsium, Hydro-carbon, Kaolin & Limestone

Delta

Clay, Glass-sand, Gypsium, Iron-ore, Kaolin, Lignite, Marble & Oil/Gas

Ebonyi

Gold, Lead/Zinc & Salt

Edo

Bitumen, Clay Dolomite, Phosphate, Glass-sand, Gold, Gypsium,Iron-ore, Lignite, Limestone, Marble & Oil/Gas

Ekiti

Feldspar, Granite, Kaolin, Syenite & Tatium

Enugu

Coal, Lead/Zinc & Limestone

Gombe

Gemstone & Gypsium

Imo

Gypsium, Lead/Zinc, Lignite, Limestone, Marcasite, Oil/Gas, Phosphate & Salt

Cross River

Barite, Lead/Zinc, Lignite, Limestone, Manganese, Oil/Gas, Salt & Uranium

Jigawa

Butyles

Kaduna

Amethyst, Aqua Marine, Asbestos, Clay, Flosper, Gemstone, Gold, Graphite, Kaolin, Hyanite, Mica, Rock Crystal, Ruby, Sapphire, Sihnite, Superntinite, Tentalime, Topaz & Tourmaline

Kano

Gassiterite, Copper, Gemstone, Glass-sand, Lead/Zinc, Pyrochinre & Tantalite

Kastina

Kaolin, Marble & Salt

Kebbi

Gold

Kogi

Cole, Dolomite, Feldspar, Gypsium, Iron-ore, Kaolin, Marble, Talc & Tantalite

Kwara

Cassiterite, Columbite, Feldspar, Gold, Iron-ore, Marble, Mica & Tantalite

Lagos

Bitumen, Clay & Glass-sand

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

Niger

Gold, Lead/Zinc & Talc

Ogun

Bitumen, Clay, Feldspar, Gemstone, Kaolin, Limestone & Phosphate

Ondo

Bitumen, Clay, Coal, Dimension Stones, Feldspar, Gemstone, Glass-Sand, Granite, Gypsium, Kaolin, Limestone & Oil/Gas

Osun

Columbite, Gold, Granite, Talc, Tantalite & Tourmaline

Oyo

Aqua Marine, Cassiterite, Clay, Dolomite, Gemstone, Gold, Kaolin, Marble, Silimonite, Talc & Tantalite

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

Rivers

Clay, Glass-Sand, Lignite, Marble & Oil/Gas

Sokoto

Clay, Flakes, Gold, Granite, Gypsium, Kaolin, Laterite, Limestone, Phosphate, Potash, Silica Sand & Salt

Taraba

Lead/Zinc

Yobe

Soda Ash & Tintomite

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.

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