Untapped minerial resources in Benue State

Development, Stories 26/03/2013 by Akaafele

Benue State, like most other states in Nigeria, has a lot of mineral resources that are untapped. Mineral resources by definition are concentration or occurrence of natural, solid, inorganic or fossilized organic material in or on the earth’s crust in such form and quantity and of such grade or quality that they have reasonable prospects for economic extraction. The location, quantity, grade, geological characteristics and continuity of a mineral resource are known, estimated or interpreted from specific geological evidence and knowledge.

Benue State is blessed with abundant mineral resources which include Limestone, Gypsum, Anhydride, Koalin, Natural Gas, Salt, Petroleum Oil, Lead, Zinc, Barytes, Clay, Coal, Calcite, Germstones and Magnetite. Unfortunately, most of these resources remain untapped. Whereas there is Limestone in Mbatyav and Igumale in industrial quantity, only Limestone deposits in Mbanyion in Gboko is being harnessed by Dangote Cement Company at the moment and funnily enough, that is the only mineral deposit that is presently being tapped in the entire state, too poor.

It is my candid advice that cement factories be set up in Mbatyav and Igumale and a Coal Mine in Owukpa where these mineral resources exist in industrial quantity. If this is done, Benue State will become an industrial force to reckon with.

4 thoughts on “Untapped minerial resources in Benue State

  1. ENYISON IKETE

    Benue people who are out of the state several years ago,for example someone like ME, its time for us to go back to our Fathers land to develop it.The state is underdeveloped compare to other states,Just because we fail to tapped our natural resources,our people are all over other states within the country helping them to develop their own state.
    It’s high time we come back home to make use of the natural resources given to us by God.
    Thanks so Much God bless NIGERIA,
    God bless BENUE state.

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  2. Queen

    Good day sir or ma, are you from Eha-amufu in Enugu state. Please do you know where I can get Lead ore ( otanjere as it is called in Igbo). I learnt is abundant For mining in Eha-amufu and its bounded by Igumale Benue State

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  3. Queen

    Good day sir or ma, are you from Eha-amufu in Enugu state. Please do you know where I can get Lead ore ( otanjere as it is called in Igbo). I learnt is abundant For mining in Eha-amufu.

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  4. Am from Benue State but was born and breadth outside. Am a Politician and a business woman am into mining (quarry) ,married to a foreigner . Am interested in known more about Benue state Mineral Resources. I can help in getting foreign inventors. Only if there is an opened door policy from the Government which the present Government lack.

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