Over the years, Nigeria has been over dependent on oil. This is because, when oil was discovered in Nigeria, it became the main source of wealth and main base of the economy, thus making Nigeria rank as one of the top highest oil producing country in the world.
Although, Nigeria is to a large extent blessed with other untapped natural resources such as Agriculture, it should be noted that there are are about 5 highest oil producing states in Nigeria that keeps the economy of Nigeria going.
The purpose of this article is to give you an insight who these oil producing States in Nigeria are and why they are seen as even the richest states in Nigeria.
Also note that most of these oil producing states comes from the South-South Geo-political zone in Nigeria
5 Top Highest Oil Producing States In Nigeria
1. Akwa-Ibom State
As it stands, Akwa-Ibom is undoubtedly the highest oil producing state In Nigeria overtaking River state. Akwa-Ibom is also the most beautiful city in Nigeria with a population of about five million people. Not only is she blessed with crude oil but with coal,clay, limestone, silver nitrate, salt and neat sand.
2. River State
After Akwa-Ibom comes Rivers state as the second highest oil producing state in the federation. Although, River state was top on the list before, even formerly known as the “oil city of the nation”. It is currently one of the most populated cities in Nigeria.
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3. Delta State
Delta State is one of the richest states in Nigeria with its capital in Asaba. Formerly known as Bendel State, Delta state shares boundary with Edo state and is made up of 25 local government areas. Also, Nigeria major petroleum refineries is located in Warri, Delta.
4. Bayelsa State
Bayelsa is the fourth in the list of oil producing states in the country. About 70% of the crude oil resources in Nigeria comes from Bayelsa.
5. Cross River
Often termed as the “London of Nigeria”, Cross River State is another beautiful city in Nigeria blessed with numerous natural resources, tourists sites with up to date amenities like good road networks, standard schools, good water and mountain views.
Some of the states that make up the Niger-Delta region where oil is gotten from includes: Edo, Bayelsa, Rivers, Cross Rivers, Delta, Akwa-Ibom, Ondo, Abia, Imo and Anambra States.
This region is also sometimes referred to as the South-South region of Nigeria and has more than 40 ethnic groups and tribes.