03 August 2018, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt — The States Disaggregated Mining and Quarrying Data for 2017 shows that Nigeria produced 45,748,257.14 tons of solid minerals during the year.
Ogun State produced the highest quantity of solid minerals among the 36 states of the federation, with 23,302,575.08 tons of solid minerals, representing 50.94% of the total volume of solid minerals produced in the country in the year under review.
Kogi State and Abuja – the Federal Capital Territory – followed with 5,228,608.15 and 4,461,541.31 tons, representing about 11.43% and 9.75% of the total volume of minerals produced while Enugu and Bayelsa states produced the least with 5,227.70 and zero tons of minerals, respectively.
Granite is the most produced solid minerals in 2017 with 17,454,600.97 tons, which represented about 38.12% of the total quantity of minerals produced.
Limestone and laterite followed with 13,963,398.81 and 3,711,219.99 tons, representing 30.50% and 8.11%.
However, Garnet and Zircon were the least produced solid minerals in 2017.