The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has revealed that Nigeria’s mineral production grew by 39.19% in 2021, from 64.29 million tons recorded in 2020 to 89.48 million tons in 2021. This fact is contained in NBS report on Monday titled, ‘Mineral production Statistics’ for 2021. The report added that the most mined mineral in Nigeria remains Granite at 22.3 million tons. According to the NBS, “The aggregate production of mineral products in Nigeria in 2021 grew by 39.19% from 64.29 million tons recorded in 2020 to 89.48 million tons in 2021, indicating an improvement in production.
“On state profile analysis, Ogun state recorded the highest production in 2021 with 32.04 million tons, followed by Kogi with 18.40 million tons and Cross River with 11.64 million tons. The least was recorded in Borno with 231 tons. Moreover, limestone, granite, and laterite were the three biggest minerals mined in 2021. The 4 most mined minerals in Nigeria are granite at 22.3 million tonnes, laterite at 7.3 million tonnes; limestone at 44.7 million tonnes and sand, at 1.6 million tonnes. On aggregate, Mineral production in Nigeria grew by 39.19% in 2021, from 64.29 million tons recorded in 2020 to 89.48 million tons in 2021, indicating an improvement in production.
The top three states with the biggest share of production in 2020 were Kogi (12.5 million tons), Ogun (12.1 million tons), and Cross River (8.9 million tons). Borno, on the other hand, had the lowest total of 5,060 tons. In 2020, the most mined minerals were limestone, sand, and granite, while limestone, granite, and laterite were the top three largest minerals in 2019.