Different states stand out for different things. Ebonyi state is not left out as a state with potential for innovations and technology. It is home to a lot of mineral resources. In this article we will explore the list of mineral resources found in Ebonyi state.
The creation of Ebonyi as one of the southeastern states in Nigeria began in 1966 by the former president of Nigeria, General Sani Abacha.
Ebonyi state is primarily known for its agricultural produce. It ranks as one of the largest producers of rice in Nigeria. This includes other food products like palm oil, beans, and yam.
However, one of the things that make the state stand out amongst other states is the proportional spread of mineral resources in Ebonyi state.
While it is undeniable to note that the state earned the tag as the salt of the nation because of the presence of salt in its lakes and rivers, it is also important to note that there are other mineral resources in Ebonyi state.
It is understandable if you are curious, trying to figure out if Ebonyi has crude oil, or if its concentration is comparable to oil-producing states like Bayelsa.
However, here is a list of mineral resources found in the Ebonyi state and their importance.
List of mineral resources found in Ebonyi state
Ebonyi state is home to different mineral resources. These include; Glass Sand, Salt, Marble, Lead, Limestone, Clay, Gypsum, Granite, Zinc.
Nevertheless, these mineral resources are judiciously distributed across different regions of the Ebonyi state.
Here is a list of mineral resources and their allocation across the different local governments in Ebonyi state.
The list of mineral resources in Abakaliki includes;
List of mineral resources in Ikwo includes;
List of mineral resources in Ishielu include;
List of Mineral resources in Izzi include;
List of Mineral resources in Ivo include;
List of Mineral resources in Onicha include;
List of Mineral resources in Afikpo North include;
List of Mineral resources in Afikpo South include;
§ Ball Clay
List of the Mineral resources in Ohaozara include;
- Black Marble
It might not be realistic to get an actual figure of all the mineral resources in Ebonyi state, but there are over 15 discovered mineral resources in Ebonyi state.
Importance of mineral resources in Ebonyi state
Mineral resources of Ebonyi state play a significant role in the state. There are different applications for each mineral resource and this translates to how important they could be.
Salt is one of the commonest mineral resources in Ebonyi state. Salt is used for the cooking and preservation of food. However, there are additional cases as salt is useful in tie and dye processes, pottery, or chlorine manufacturing.
Limestone is the lead mineral resource in the production of cement. Ebonyi state houses one of the powerhouses for the production of cement in Nigeria.
However, the use of cement is not limited to house construction, they are also used for quarry works. This makes Ebonyi state a suitable site for companies in the construction and building niche.
Most times, marble takes the form of limestone. Although Marble comes from Limestone, there are still slight differences. Marble is a product of limestone, derived when Limestone passes through a high level of heat and pressure.
This transforms the mineral resource into a hard material with sharp edges. Marble is a useful piece for the construction company and sometimes acts as a supplement to calcium for livestock care.
Lead/Zinc is a popular household name amongst many mineral resources in the world. With the numerous myths surrounding the use of Lead/Zinc, sometimes it becomes so unclear on what they stand for.
Lead/Zinc are multipurpose elements, used for a lot of things which include the galvanizing of steel to prevent rusting, production of ammunition, and fillings for car batteries.
The use of these two mineral resources spreads across to its use in radiation as protective gear and also as a storage material for corrosive liquids.
Gypsum works as an active agent in toothpaste. It is also useful for fluxing, production of fertilizers, or filers in papers. Because of its binding abilities, it is also useful in the production of plaster of Paris (POP), and cement.
Granite is an active agent in the construction of buildings, bridges, monuments, or architectural structures.
They are good for the finishing of slabs, tiles, or stair treads. You will be surprised to realize the amount of perfection that you can achieve with granite.
Pyrite is majorly used in the production of sulfur dioxide. This can serve different industrial purposes.
Pyrite is also considered valuable because of the presence of gold and copper elements within it.
Fluorspar plays an important role in the production of ceramics and also for industrial purposes. Fluorspar is a rich source of fluorine and hydrofluoric acid.
It is constructively used for high-end products like the manufacture of telescopes, microscopes, and cameras. This is because of its clarity.
Shale is also another mineral resource that serves a great material for construction companies. Shale is used in the process of making pottery, tiles, or brick.
Shale is further transformed to cement by grinding it. At some point in the existence of human beings, Shale served as an important mineral resource, in its usage as heating oil. Shale didn’t stop at serving as cooking oil, but it also serves as a resourceful tool for the petroleum industry.
It is an undeniable fact that there are a lot of mineral resources in Ebonyi state. Most of these mineral resources still lie undetected. It is the work of the government to set up legal bodies to regulate mining processes and also ensure that new mineral resources are spotted in the state.