We most often mistake petroleum as the only resource from which Nigeria generates money; although solid minerals remain largely untapped, they still contribute about 0.3% of our GDP. According to the Nigerian Extractive Industry and Transparency Initiative (NEITI) report, which proposes that there are over 44 under-utilized solid minerals deposited across Nigeria. These 44 minerals, are part of the 5,070 minerals, approved by the International Mineralogical Association (IMA), out of over 5,300 known mineral on earth.
Below is a list of States in Nigeria, and some of the solid minerals found in them.
ABIA: Clay and Coal.
ADAMAWA: Coal, Gypsum, Magnetite and Clay.
ANAMBRA: Kaolin, Coal and Clay.
AKWA-IBOM: Kaolin and Clay.
BAUCHI: Kaolin, Rutile, Clay, Limestone, Columbite, Casseterite, Fluorite, Wolframite and Gemstones.
BENUE: Barite, Limestone and Clay.
BORNO: Bentonite and Clay.
CROSS-RIVER: Barite, Tantalite, Rutile, Limestone, Casseterite, Lead, Zinc, Columbite and Clay.
DELTA: Silica Sand and Clay.
EBONYI: Coal, Clay, Limestone, Fluorite, Lead, Silver and Zinc.
EDO: Coal, Gypsum, Clay, Limestone, Bitumen and Bentonite.
EKITI: Tantalite, Mica, Kaolin and Clay.
ENUGU: Coal, Clay and Iron Ore.
FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY, ABUJA: Feldspar, Gold, Lead, Zinc, Iron Ore, Marble and Clay.
GOMBE: Coal, Gypsum, Limestone and Clay.
IMO: Kaolin, Coal and Clay.
JIGAWA: Silica Sand and Clay.
KADUNA: Rutile, Talc, Feldspar, Gold, Clay, Columbite, Kyanite, Bismuth, Wolframite and Gemstones.
KANO: Coal, Feldspar, Silver, Casseterite, Wolframite and Clay.
KATSINA: Kaolin, Gold, Manganese and Clay.
KEBBI: Kaolin, Feldspar, Gold, Clay and Manganese.
KOGI: Tantalite, Coal, Mica, Talc, Feldspar, Clay, Bentonite, Iron Ore Limestone and Marble.
KWARA: Tantalite, Mica, Gold, Columbite, Clay, Casseterite, Marble and Gemstones.
LAGOS: Silica Sand, Bitumen and Clay.
NASSARAWA: Mica, Barite, Clay, Columbite, Casseterite, Iron Ore, Lithium, Wolframite, Marble and Gemstones.
NIGER: Talc, Gold, Clay, Lithium, Kyanite, Wolframite and Gemstones.
OGUN: Kaolin, Gypsum, Quartz, Limestone, Mica, Glass Sand, Feldspar, Clay, Bitumen and Phosphate.
ONDO: Kaolin, Silica Sand, Bitumen, Bentonite and Clay.
OSUN: Mica, Gold and Clay.
OYO: Mica, Marble, Clay and Gemstones.
PLATEAU: Kaolin, Coal, Rutile, Columbite, Clay, Casseterite, Fluorite, Lead, Molybdenum and Gemstones.
RIVERS: Kaolin and Clay.
SOKOTO: Limestone, Phosphate and Clay.
TARABA: Barite, Phosphate and Clay.
YOBE: Diatomite, Silica Sand, Gypsum and Clay.
ZAMFARA: Barite, Feldspar, Gold, Lead, Zinc, Clay, Iron Ore, Lithium, Manganese and Wolframite.