Top 5 Highest Oil Producing States in Nigeria 2017/2018
Nigeria is a country that is blessed abundantly in terms of oil , mineral resource, and agriculture . The country is green . Nigeria is one of the largest country in Africa and it has over 160 Million people, even with this countless blessings in the land , Nigeria is still included among the poorest in the world.
Nigeria is one of the most popular country in the world today due to many reasons and one of them is its vast oil resources but unfortunately it is not well utilized. Despite the obvious fact that Nigeria is blessed with oil resources, but not all states in Nigeria produce oil , it is only some of them that has oil. This oil is mostly produced in a particular region called the Niger-Delta, most Nigerian oil comes from this part of the country. When we say Niger-Delta region , these are the states that made it up ; Edo, Cross Rivers, Delta, Akwa-Ibom,Bayelsa, Rivers, Ondo, Abia, Imo and Anambra States.
From indications, Nigeria is over dependent on oil which is not a good one for the country. Many foreign countries has exploit us in this area of oil, they pretend they want to help us but at the end we are being used and dump and on our detriment. Oil is the main source of of wealth and main base of the economy, this is one obvious reason why Nigeria is one of the highest oil producing country in the world. We are also aware that Nigeria is also blessed with many other untapped natural resources such as Agriculture which many people are running away from . Know that if Agriculture is rightly practice in Nigeria , it will become a hot cake and everybody will start going into farming . At this junction, we are going to be listing out the Top 5 Highest Oil Producing States In Nigeria 2017.
1. Akwa-Ibom State
Without any argument , Akwa-Ibom State is obviously the highest oil producing state in Nigeria . Some years ago, River state use to be the highest oil producing state in Nigeria but it has been unseated from that position. After displacing River state from the position , Akwa-Ibom State is now on the first spot while River state on the second position. This ranking to subject to change, perhaps River state might go back to it former position some day when it start doing better . Akwa-Ibom State is located in the coastal area of Nigeria and is populated by over 5 million people as revealed by the last nationwide census conducted in 2006.
Apart from crude oil , Akwa-Ibom State is also endowed in many other areas like coal,clay, limestone, silver nitrate, salt and neat sand. The state has a rich cultural heritage and history among which are the Oron Museum, Ibeno Sand beach and the Mary Slessor House. Akwa-Ibom is a large state that is divided into 31 local government areas and is dominated by three ethnic groups, Oron, Annang and Ibibio.
2. River State
On the number two of the highest oil producing states in Nigeria is River State. In time past, River State use to be the largest oil producing state in Nigeria but it is no longer there. It was formerly called “oil city of the nation” and one of the most populated in Nigeria with over 5 million people according to the 2006 census. The capital of River State is Port-Harcourt and it share border with Imo, Anambra, Abia, Bayelsa and Delta States. The major ethnic group in Rivers include Kalabari, Okrika, Ogoni, Ikwerre, Ibani and Opobo and it has 23 local government areas .
On the third place we have another famous state called Delta. When we write on the richest states in Nigeria , Delta was among them and also one of the highest oil producing states in Nigeria. Delta State was formally known as Bendel State and it share border with Edo State. This state is made up of 25 local government areas and it is the home of major petroleum refineries. The major ethnic groups in Delta State are The Urhobos, Isokos and the Itsekiris.
Yes! we are progressing . On the number fourth spot is Bayelsa state , 80% of crude oil resources in Nigeria comes from here. It is also one of the least populated city in Nigeria holding about 1.9 million residents . Bayelsa was carved out of Rivers and Delta in 1996 , it capital as Yenagoa and made up of four major ethnic groups namely- Ogbia, Nembe, Izon and Epie- Atissa.
5. Cross River
The last on this list is Cross River state . The capital of this state is Calabar . Cross River is no doubt the fifth largest oil producing state in Nigeria . This is one of the most beautiful city in Nigeria often referred to as “London of Nigeria” and it share boundary with Cameroon . Cross River is equal to the task when it comes to natural resources, tourists sites,good road networks, standard schools, good water and what havce you.
Cross River is among the Niger-Delta states, others include Edo State,Akwa-Ibom State, Ondo State, Abia State, Bayelsa State, Rivers State, Delta State, Imo Stat and Anambra State. You may also call this region South-South .
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