Untapped minerial resources in Benue State
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.