List of Oil Producing States in Nigeria: Nigeria is one of the world’s leading producers of oil and natural gas, which I assume you are already aware of by this point in time. A variety of natural resources are available in the country, with oil and natural gas being the most important of those resources.
Nigeria is divided into 36 States, each of which contributes its own share to the country’s development. Almost all Nigerian states are endowed with natural resources, and in this article, we will look at the oil-producing states of Nigeria and learn a little bit more about each of their respective markets. Nigeria generates approximately 2.5 million barrels of crude oil per day, ranking it as the largest producer of crude oil in Africa and the sixth-largest producer in the world overall.
Surprisingly, this high-value and high-volume crude oil are produced from a small portion of the total land area (7.5 percent). Niger Delta Region refers to the small section of the country that produces this type of oil, and it is comprised of several states, along with other states where this type of oil can be found, which collectively are referred to as the oil-producing states in Nigeria.
There are only nine crude oil-producing states in Nigeria that are considered to be fully exploiting their crude oil potentials at the moment, according to the World Bank. These states are Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Delta, Rivers, Bayelsa, Ondo, Edo, Imo, and Abia.
The states of Akwa Ibom, Delta, Rivers, and Bayelsa account for 80 percent of the crude oil produced by these nine producers. This article will discuss the contributions made by each state, as well as other interesting facts about the states.
List of Oil Producing States in Nigeria
The following is a comprehensive list of all of the oil-producing states in Nigeria at the current moment.
1. Akwa Ibom State
Akwa Ibom State is the largest and the most productive oil-producing state in Nigeria, with an estimated daily production of 504,000 barrels of oil. Because of this, the state of Akwa Ibom accounts for 31.4 percent of the total crude oil produced in Nigeria.
The state of Akwa Ibom is not only a major oil producer in Nigeria, but it is also endowed with a plethora of other mineral resources such as coal, limestone, sodium chloride (salt), glass, clay, nitrate (giver), and natural gas, to name a few. Uyo, the state capital of Akwa Ibom, is widely regarded as one of Nigeria’s most beautiful cities, ranking among the country’s most beautiful cities.
The state is a coastal state in the south-south geopolitical zone, and it is dominated by three (3) major ethnic groups, namely the Oron, the Anang, and the Ibibio. The state is divided into three (3) regions. It has a population of more than five million people (five million).
2. Delta State
Delta, which has Asaba as its capital, is the second-largest oil-producing state in the country, accounting for approximately 21.56 percent of total oil production.
Several refineries and petrochemical plants are located in Warri, the economic hub of Delta state.
In this state, there are 25 Local Government Areas, each with a population in excess of 4 million people. The Urhobos, Isokos, and Itsekiris are the three most important ethnic groups in the country.
Delta State, Nigeria, is considered to be one of the richest states in the country due to its natural resources, which include rubber, timber, fine sand, and clay.
3. Rivers State
Rivers was once the largest producer in Nigeria, but Akwa Ibom has since surpassed it as the country’s top oil producer.
In terms of crude oil refining capacity, Rivers State currently outperforms every other state in the nation. Rivers produces 21.43 percent of the nation’s total crude oil production, accounting for 21.43 percent of the total.
The state capital of Rivers in Port Harcourt, which was named after the state’s founding father. Because of its large population of more than 5 million people, Rivers is considered to be one of the country’s most populous cities.
Among the ethnic groups represented in this state are the Ikwerre, Okrika, Upobo, Kalabari, and Ubani, to name a few. The state of Rivers is also endowed with a plethora of aquatic resources.
4. Bayelsa State
Bayelsa is one of Nigeria’s most important oil-producing states, accounting for 18.07 percent of the country’s total oil production. This state is home to Oloibiri, the location where crude oil was first discovered in commercial quantities in Nigeria in 1959, marking the beginning of the country’s oil boom.
Bayelsa’s capital city is Yenagoa, and the state has the fewest number of Local Government Areas (LGAs) of any of the states in Nigeria. It currently has 8 Local Government Areas with a population of just under 1.9 people, making it one of the least populated states in the country at the moment.
This state is home to the historically significant Bonny Island. The Ogbia, Nembe, Izon, and Epie-Atissa are among the major ethnic groups in the country. In addition to crude oil, Bayelsa is endowed with an abundance of aquatic resources.
5. Ondo State
Ondo state ranks 5th in terms of oil production in the country, accounting for approximately 3.74 percent of total production. Ondo State, whose capital is Akure, is the only state in the South-Western region to make the cut.
Ondo has a population of approximately 2.4 million people, who live in the state’s 19 Local Government Areas, which are divided into four districts. Ondo state is also endowed with a wealth of bitumen and tar sands resources.
6. Edo State
Edo State is one of the fortunate states in that it is an oil-producing state. Approximately 2.06 percent of the total crude oil production in the country comes from this state.
Currently, Benin City serves as the state capital of Edo, which has a human population of more than 3.3 million people spread across the state’s Local Government Areas (LGAs).
As well as abundant natural mineral resources, such as limestone, clay, gold, iron ore, fine sand, and granite, Edo State is also blessed with a variety of other natural resources.
7. Imo State
The state capital of Imo is Owerri. This state contributes a small but significant amount of oil to the national economy. It accounts for approximately 1.06 percent of Nigeria’s total oil production, according to recent reports. When it comes to Internal Generated Revenue (IGR), Imo state has been dubbed “the richest Igbo state in Nigeria” (IGR)
Imo has a population of approximately 4 million people and has 27 local government areas (LGAs). This state is also blessed with mineral resources such as lead, zinc, fine sand, clay, and limestone, which can be found in abundance throughout the state.
8. Abia State
Umuahia is the state capital of Abia state and is the largest city in the state. Moreover, this state has been fortunate in that it has been blessed with crude oil, earning it the designation of an oil-producing state. Abia is also an Igbo state in Nigeria, and it is located in the country’s southern-eastern geopolitical zone.
This state has 17 local government areas (LGAs) with a population of approximately 3 million people. Abia is responsible for 0.68 percent of the daily oil production in Nigeria. It also has a plethora of natural resources, including lead, zinc, fine sand, and limestone.
9. Lagos State
Because of the recent discovery of oil in Lagos, Lagos state has earned a place among the states in Nigeria that are known to have oil reserves. Lagos, Nigeria’s most populous state, is also known as the “Centre of Excellence” and “Commercial Base” of the country. It is also the country’s wealthiest state.
Lagos State, which has a population of more than 20 million people, is widely regarded as the most developed state in Nigeria, where business thrives. If we look at the ethnic makeup of the state, Yorubas are by far the majority, but other tribes such as Igbos, Hausas, Ibibios, and others can also be found here.
The list comes to an end here, and it is up to you and me to decide which state will take the tenth position. Is it Kogi or Anambra? You can leave your comments in the comment box provided below.
All of the oil-producing states listed above are included in the group of states that receive a share of the annual 13 percent of the revenue generated by crude oil intended for use in the stated oil-producing states in Nigeria.