Terra Kulture – Nigerian States and Their Natural Resources

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Terra Kulture Introducing the Nigerian States and Their Natural Resources

Nigeria has a lot of natural landmarks, wildlife reserves and natural resources. These constitutes what makes them one of the most blessed nations in the world. With 36 States (37, if we include the Federal Capital Territory), Nigeria is riddled with so many renewable and non-renewable resources. Let’s take a look at them:

States and their Natural Resources

1. Abia State

Gold - Abia State

Abia State, also known as Gods own State is located in the Southeastern region of Nigeria, and this State has quite a number of mineral resources. The resources include Gold, Limestone, Lead/Zinc, Oil/Gas and salt.

2. Adamawa State

magnesite - Adamawa State

This State”s slogan is Land of Beauty. It is located in the northeastern part of Nigeria and the mineral resources present in this State are Gypsum, Kaolin, Magnesite, and Bentonite.

3. Akwa Ibom State

Akwa Ibom State is one of the richest States in Nigeria. It is located in the South-south region and is blessed with Clay, Zinc/Lead, Oil/Gas, Limestone, Lignite, Uranium and Salt.

4. Anambra State

Phosphate

Also called “Light of the Nation”. This State is located in the Southeastern part of Nigeria and is home to several resources like Salt, Phosphate, Limestone, Lignite, Iron-ore, Lignite, Gypsum, Clay and Glass-Sand.

5. Bauchi State

Bauchi State is a northeastern State with 10 natural mineral deposits. They include Gold, Cassiterite, Gypsum, Columbite, Wolfram, Coal, Limestone, Clay, Lignite and Iron-ore.

6. Bayelsa State

limestone

This State is also called “Glory of all Lands”. It is an oil-producing State, and has a number of natural resources including Clay, Gypsum, Lead/Zinc, Lignite, Limestone, Manganese, Oil/Gas and Uranium.

7. Benue State

Benue State is also called the Food Basket of the Nation, and it is located in the middle belt region of Nigeria. The resources found in this State are Clay, Coal, Barite, Gemstone, Gypsum, Salt, Marble, Limestone, Lead/Zinc, and Iron-ore.

8. Borno State

gypsum

Borno State is located in the northeastern geo-political zone of Nigeria. Also known as the Home of Peace, the State is home to several natural resources including Limestone, Bentonite, Gypsum, Clay, Diatomite, Hydro-carbon, and Kaolin.

9. Cross River State

Also called “The People”s Paradise” is located in the South-South area of Nigeria. Cross River State has a number of natural resources, and they include Barite, Zinc/Lead, Lignite, Limestone, Manganese, Uranium, Oil/Gas, and Salt.

10. Delta State

This State is blessed with varieties of natural resources like Glass-sand, Clay, Gypsum, Kaolin, Iron-ore, Lignite, Oil/Gas and Marble.

11. Ebonyi State

Meaning: A person who does not have any type of backing must rely on wisdom. It is wisdom that will help them not to act the same way as those that have helpers. Because when push comes to shove, the privileged will be rescued and the helpless will be abandoned.

12. Edo State

Edo State is located in the rainforest region of Nigeria. It is home to Clay, Phosphate, Gold, Marble, Bitumen, Dolomite, Glass-sand, Gypsum, Iron-ore, Lignite, Limestone, & Oil/Gas.

13. Ekiti State

This State is also called “The Land of Honour and Integrity”. It has 5 natural deposits which are Tatum, Granite, Kaolin, Syenite & Feldspar.

14. Enugu State

Also called the coal city and located in the Southeastern part of the country, Enugu State has Coal, Lead/Zinc & Limestone

15. Gombe State

This northern State has only 2 resources. Gemstone and Gypsum.

16. Imo State

Imo State is often considered as the richest State in the South-east. This State has Lead/Zinc, salt, Lignite, Limestone, Marcasite, Oil/Gas, Phosphate & Gypsum.

18. Kaduna State

Kaduna State is one of the richest States in Nigeria and is home to about 20 natural resources including Tourmaline, Aqua Marine, Asbestos, Clay, Flosper, Gemstone, Gold, Graphite, Kaolin, Kyanite, Mica, Rock Crystal, Ruby, Sapphire, Sihnite, Superntinite, Tentalime, Topaz & Amethyst.

19. Kano State

Kano State is found in the northwestern geopolitical zone of Nigeria and is also called “Centre of Learning”, and is home to Tantalite, Copper, Gemstone, Glass-sand, Lead/Zinc, Pyrochinre & Cassiterite.

20. Katsina State

Also called “Home of Hospitality”, Kaduna produces Kaolin, Marble & Salt.

21. Kebbi State

The northern State of Kebbi is also called the “Home of Hospitality”. Gold is the only natural resource present here.

22. Kogi State

Located in the middle belt region, Kogi State is known as “The Confluence State”. This State is home to Coal, Dolomite, Feldspar, Gypsum, Iron-ore, Kaolin, Marble, Talc & Tantalite.

23. Kwara State

This State is also called the “State of Harmony” and it has quite a number of resources which includes Cassiterite, Columbite, Feldspar, Gold, Iron-ore, Marble, Mica & Tantalite

24. Lagos State

Lagos State is considered the most urbanized State in Nigeria and also the most populated. It is located in the western part of Nigeria and is home to Clay, Bitumen and Glass-sand.

25. Nassarawa State

Also known as “Home of Solid Materials”, Nassarawa is located in the north-central geopolitical zone. It is blessed with Zircon, Barytex, Barite, Cassirite, Chalcopyrite, Clay, Columbite, Coking Coal, Dolomite/Marble, Feldspar, Galena, Iron-ore, Limestone, Mica, Salt, Sapphire, Talc, Tantalite, Tourmaline Quartz & Amethyst (Topaz Garnet)

26. Niger State

This State has the biggest landmass in Nigeria. It is in the middle belt region and home to Talc, Gold & Lead/zinc.

27. Ogun State

Ogun State is a Southwestern State, its capital is at Abeokuta and resources present in this State are Clay, Feldspar, Phosphate, Gemstone, Kaolin, Limestone & Bitumen.

28. Ondo State

Often called the sunshine State, this State is also located in South-Western Nigeria. It is home to quite a number of resources including Feldspar, Gemstone, Glass-Sand, Granite, Gypsum, Kaolin, Limestone, Oil/Gas, Clay, Coal, Dimension Stones, & Bitumen.

29. Osun State

Osun State is an inland State in the Southwestern part of Nigeria. It has six solid mineral deposits. They are Granite, Talc, Tourmaline, Tantalite, Columbite & Gold.

30. Oyo State

Oyo State has its capital in Ibadan, which is the third most populous city in Nigeria. This State is blessed with 11 mineral deposits. They include Dolomite, Gemstone, Gold, Kaolin, Marble, Silimonite, Talc, Tantalite, Aqua Marine, Cassiterite & Clay.

31. Plateau State

This State has the most natural resources. They are 23 in number, they include Wolfram, Bauxite, Betonite, Bismuth, Cassiterite, Clay, Coal, Emeral, Fluoride, Gemstone, Granite, Iron-ore, Kaolin, Lead/Zinc, Marble, Molybdenite, Phrochlore, Salt, Tantalite/Columbite, Tin & Barite.

31. Plateau State

This State has the most natural resources. They are 23 in number, they include Wolfram, Bauxite, Betonite, Bismuth, Cassiterite, Clay, Coal, Emeral, Fluoride, Gemstone, Granite, Iron-ore, Kaolin, Lead/Zinc, Marble, Molybdenite, Phrochlore, Salt, Tantalite/Columbite, Tin & Barite.

32. Rivers State

Located in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Rivers State is one of the richest States in Nigeria as a result of its large oil deposits. Glass-Sand, Lignite, Clay, Marble, & Oil/Gas are present here.

33. Sokoto State

Sokoto State is located in the extreme northwestern region of Nigeria. Minerals present in this State include Salt, Gold, Granite, Gypsum, Kaolin, Laterite, Limestone, Phosphate, Potash, Silica Sand, Flakes & Clay.

34. Taraba State

Taraba is located in the northeastern part of Nigeria and is named after the Taraba River. Zinc/Lead are the only resources present in this State.

35. Yobe State

Yobe State is also known as the pride of the Sahel and was carved out of Borno State. Mineral deposits present in this State include Soda Ash & Tintomite.

36. Zamfara State

Located in northwestern Nigeria, this State was carved out from Sokoto in 1996. Their resources are Gold, Cotton and Coal.

37. Abuja

Abuja is not a State, but the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria. It is located in the Northcentral region. The natural resources present here are Tantalite, Clay, Dolomite, Lead/Zinc, Marble, Cassiterite and clay.

Conclusion

From the above, we can see that Nigeria is blessed with quite a lot of resources. Every State has at least 1 resource they are known for. Nigeria depends majorly on crude oil, however, if we can diversify much more quickly and efficiently, we can exploit all these other resources and this will encourage further development.

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