Abuja is the federal capital territory of Nigeria with lots of major mineral and natural resources found there. Apart from being the seat of power of the president, you can also find various parastatals, ministries and head offices of top organizations in Abuja.
Mineral resources are raw materials which have economic importance and they can be found either on the earth surface or can be dug out from the earth through mining. Most of the natural resources in Nigeria are located in various states and have been used to improve the country’s economy.
In this article, we are listing the main natural resources found in Abuja and possibly their uses.
This is the first natural resources found in the state, this solid mineral was initially discovered in Abuja in the early 90s, ever since, the state hasn’t harnessed the full use of this resources for the growth of the state and country at large.
Among the economic importance of gold to the country is that it serves as source of income, it can be used as ornament and also serves as an element for the production of electricity. The truth is that this mineral resource has been exploited on a small scale and giving its price, it has become a rare commodity that’s very expensive.
Marble is another natural resources deposited in the soil by God at a very large industrial quantity. Over the years, marble has been useful in the construction companies. It helps in the construction of buildings, roads, bridges etc. It will interest you to know that Abuja has 20% of marbles located in the country.
Another major natural resources found in Abuja is clay. This element has not been mined out but can be used to mold solid bricks used in building houses, bridges, and also for art works.
Cassiterite is known to be a tin oxide mineral that is totally opaque. This element can be found in the FCT. Its very precious and has been the major tin ore known even in ancient history till date.
Dolomite is a mineral composed of calcium magnesium carbonate, normally known as CaMg(CO₃)₂. Another name sometimes used for dolomitic rock type is dolostone.
This natural resource is a transition metal often used in the electronics industry for producing capacitors and high power resistors. You can find this in the federal capital territory.
Apart from the above, the following resources can also be found in Abuja but in low quantity: dolomite, tantalite, bauxite, zinc, lead and salt. All of these natural resources put together can serve as a steady source of income to the federal government and the country at large.
You must also know that Abuja has a lot of quarries which are helpful in converting theses resources to finished goods that will be useful to the public. Among these quarries are:
1. CIBI Nigeria Limited which is located at 6, Tripoli close, off Harare street, off Rabat street, Wuse, Abuja FCT Nigeria.
2. Crushed Rock Industries Nigeria, situated at Mpape Hills, Abuja, FCT, Nigeria.