List of Natural Resources in Nigeria and their location.

List of Natural Resources in Nigeria and their location.

Nigeria being the giant of Africa in terms of Population and land map, is no doubt among the Africa countries with a wide variety of different natural resources. Natural resources are materials and substances that occur naturally and can be used for economic gain.

Nigeria is richly endowed with numerous natural resources ranging from industrial metals to various precious stones such as Barites, Gypsum, Kaolin, Marble, etc. It’s saddened that most of these minerals are yet to be exploited or even used for the enrichment and development of Nigeria and her citizens.

According to Statistics, the level of exploitation of natural minerals is very low in relation to the extent of deposit found in the country. From the objectives of the new National Policy on solid minerals is to ensure the orderly development of the mineral resources of the Nigeria.

Nigeria depend majorly on Crude oil and sadly it has cost us a lot. Although due to the international fall in oil price, there is a clarion call on “Diversification of Economy”, to shift our main base to the agricultural resources in Nigeria and investments in the solid mineral sector of the Nigerian economy  such as the Steel deposit in Ajaokuta etc.

In Nigeria, the Federal Ministry of Solid Minerals Development grant prospecting licenses to investors (local and foreign), to enable them participate in the exploitation of the vast mineral resources in Nigeria.


Nigerian States and their Natural Resources.

S/N State Natural 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, Kaolin
36 Yobe Soda Ash & Tintomite
37 Zamfara Coal, Cotton & Gold

From the list above you will notice that no state is Nigeria is not blessed with any natural resources, no doubt we are blessed Country but yet to exploit them.

List of Natural Resources in Nigeria and their location.


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  1. please what about the uses

  2. “Natural resources are materials and substances that occur naturally and can be used for economic gain”.

    They occur naturally in the sense that they are deposited be beneath the soil surface by God/ nature. All the thirty six (36) administrative divisions in Nigeria can boast of not less than two/three natural resources deposit.

    They are potential sources of revenue/income generation. Let us use crude oil as an example, such products as kerosene, gasoline or fuel and so forth are byproducts of crude oil. Both Kerosene and fuel are for utilitiy purposes. Domestically, people use fuel to power their dynamos or generators. Industries use gasoline to power industrial machines. Kerosene is used to ignite fire, cook food in the kitchen and so forth. Similarly, such articles of clothing as golden wristwatches, rings and so forth are finished products we get from raw gold.

  3. God Bless Biafra people in the might name of God AMEN

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