According to the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Nigeria produced over 45 million tons of solid minerals in 2017. The released data indicates that Ogun state produced more than half of the solid minerals mined in Nigeria. The state solely accounted for approximately 51% of the nation’s solid minerals and this quantity was slated at 23 million tons. The solid minerals produced within this location were sand, shale, laterite, kaolin, limestone, granite (block and dust) and feldspar.
Trailing behind Ogun are Kogi and Abuja-FCT which produced 5.2milion and 4.4million tons of solid minerals. They accounted for about 11.43% and 9.75% respectively of the total tons of minerals mined in Nigeria. Lagos followed suit with about 1.7million tons. Humorously, the only mineral the state produces is sand.
Closely following are Gombe, Edo, Kano and Ondo which produce about 1.2 million, 1.19 million, 1.17 million and 1 million tons respectively. Only, the aforementioned states produced above a million tons of solid minerals in 2017.
The states with the least amount of solid minerals are as follows. Taraba state with 45 thousand tons, Imo state with 26 thousand tons, Borno state with 11 thousand tons and Yobe state with 8 thousand tons. The state with the least amount of solid minerals produced is Enugu state with a meagre 5 thousand tons.
Bayelsa state produced 0 tons. This is the only state that did not contribute to solid mineral production in 2017.
Below is a chronological view of the quantity of solid minerals produced in each state.
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