The glory days are back for the mining sector in Nigeria

There was a time when Nigeria’s mining sector was booming, particular coal mining. Up until the late 1960s, this sector contributed significantly to the country’s GDP (see sidebar). 

Today, it is estimated that Nigeria is endowed with about 34 solid minerals identified in 450 locations in the country.

These include bitumen, located in the states of Ondo, Ogun, Lagos and Edo; gold located in Kogi, Niger and Kaduna; lithium located in Ekiti, Kaduna and Nasarawa; and uranium in Bauchi and Taraba states – to name a few.

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