Source: Natural Resources
Natural Resources That Can Be Found In Enugu, Abia, Ebonyi, Anambra, And Imo State , Nigeria is a country that is blessed with several natural resources. We’ll be looking at the natural resources that can be found in the South-Eastern States of Nigeria.
1. Enugu State
This South-Eastern state is blessed with different natural resources which include limestone, gypsum, ironstone, glass sands, coal, oil shale, alum, and clay minerals.
In 1909, a British mines engineer identified as Albert Kitson discovered Nigeria’s first coal in Udi Ridge, present-day Enugu. The other natural resources can be found in different communities of the state.
2. Abia State
Apart from crude oil, this state is blessed with gold (though in a small quantity), gypsum, kaolin, lead/zinc, laterite, copper, bentonite clay, limestone, and oil shale.
3. Imo State
This state is blessed with lignite, lead/zinc, gypsum, Phosphate, Marcasite, fine sand, limestone, natural gas, and salt (though not in a large quantity).
4. Anambra State
Natural resources like bauxite, ceramic, natural gas, and crude oil can be found in this state.
In 2021, this state officially joined oil-producing states in Nigeria, following an approval granted by the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC).
5. Ebony State
This state is blessed with lead/zinc, salt, and kaolin. Research shows that there’s a large deposit of salt in the state.
For clarity, I’ll be explaining some of the natural resources mentioned in this article.
Oil shale is a type of sedimentary rock formation that can be used to produce gas and oil. This is possible due to the presence of kerogen, a type of organic matter that burns when exposed to flame.
It is also known as calcium sulfate hydrate, and it’s a naturally occurring mineral found in layers of sedimentary rocks. It is used for the production of drywall, chalk, and is sometimes used as a fertilizer.
This is a fine soft white clay, resulting from the natural decomposition of other clays of feldspar. It is used in the production of many things, including papers and paints.
Just like the South-Eastern states, every other state in Nigeria is blessed with natural resources.
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