Nigeria is one of the highest producers of oil and gas in Africa and I guess you should already know this by now. The country is blessed with many Natural resources and oil and gas are the predominant ones amongst them.
The country is made up of 36 states and these states contribute their own quota to the development of Nigeria. All Nigerian states have some natural resources that can be found in them and this article, we shall be taking a look at the oil-producing states in Nigeria and some little information about them.
Nigeria produces around 2.5 million barrels of crude oil daily and this makes it the largest producer of oil in Africa and the 6th largest producer in the world.
Currently, Nigeria has 8 oil-producing states and these states are mostly from the South-South (Nigeria delta) and South-East geopolitical zones of Nigeria. Out of these oil-producing Nigerian states, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Rivers, and Bayelsa are the highest oil-producing states in the country and they account for over 80% of the crude oil produced in Nigeria.
Full List Of All Oil Producing States In Nigeria
Below is a comprehensive list of all oil-producing states in Nigeria right now.
1) Akwa Ibom State
Akwa Ibom is ranked as the highest oil-producing state in Nigeria and it accounts for over 30% of all crude oil produced in Nigeria daily. The state is one of the most developed states in Nigeria and it is located in the South-South geopolitical zone Nigeria which is known as the Niger Delta.
The state is one of the richest Nigerian states right now and it has an estimated population of around 5 million inhabitants sparsely distributed across 31 Local Government Areas.
2) Delta State
Delta state is a Nigerian state which is located in the southwestern geopolitical zone of Nigeria and it is the second-largest producer of oil in Nigeria.
Thus state accounts for over 21% of the crude oil produced in Nigeria daily and there are a petrochemical plant and refinery in Warri which is one of the major cities in Delta state.
Delta state has an estimated population of over 4 Million people as at the last census held in Nigeria and these inhabitants are spread across the 25 local government areas in the state.
3) Rivers State
Rivers state is another oil-producing state in Nigeria and it is the 3rd largest oil-producing state in the country. It was the largest oil-producing state in the country before Akwa Ibom took over recently.
This state accounts for 21.4% of the total volume of oil production in Nigeria daily and it remains the largest refiner of crude oil.
Rivers state is one of the richest Nigerian states due to the huge deposits of crude oil located within the state and the state currently has about 5 Million people inhabiting it as at the last census conducted in Nigeria.
4) Bayelsa State
Bayelsa is another major oil-producing state in Nigeria and it is located in the south-south geopolitical zone of the country. The state accounts for about 18.07% of the total crude oil produced in Nigeria daily.
Another thing you should also know is that oil exploration started in Oloibiri, Bayelsa state and it is believed that this state has set a mark for herself in the Nigerian oil industry.
Yenagoa is the capital of this state and Bayelsa state is the Nigerian state with the smallest of local government areas. The state currently has 8 local government areas and the major ethnic groups in the state include the Ogbia, Nembe, Izon, and Epie- Atissa.
5) Edo State
Edo state is also one of the oil-producing states in Nigeria. Although Edo State produces a small percentage of oil per day (2.1%), it is still remarkable to see a state like this participating actively in the production of crude oil in Nigeria.
The capital of this state is Benin which is one of the most popular commercial cities in Nigeria and the state currently has 18 local government areas speared across the vast land area in the state.\
Edo state inhabits about 3.5 Million Nigerians and the state is widely known for arts, farming, and business. Oil production has also made the state wealthy and it is one of the richest states in Nigeria right now.
6) Ondo State
Ondo State is the only southwestern state on this list of Nigeria’s oil-producing states in 2020. It is the only Yoruba speaking state which is endowed with oil and this state accounts for around 3.8% of the total crude oil produced in Nigeria daily.
The capital city of Oyo state is the beautiful city of Akure and it is ranked as one of the most beautiful cities in Nigeria right now. The state currently has about 2.5 million people living and doing business within its borders.
Ondo is also rich in other natural resources like tar sands and bitumen.
7) Imo State
Imo State is the first South Eastern state on this list of the oil-producing states in Nigeria. The state accounts for more than 1% of the total crude produced in Nigeria daily.
This state currently has 27 local government areas and it houses over 4 Million Nigerians within the borders of the state. Other natural resources you can find in Imo state include limestone, clay, fine sand, zinc, and lead.
8) Abia State
Abia state is another oil-producing state in Nigeria and it contributes and an estimated 0.68% of the total crude oil produced in Nigeria daily. The capital city of this state is known as Umahia and the state also currently has a total number of 17 Local government areas.
Aba which is a major city in Abia state is often referred to as the commercial center of South Eastern Nigeria and it is also one of the major manufacturing hubs in the whole of Nigeria.
Other Oil Producing States In Nigeria
Below is a list of other oil-producing states in the country.
- Lagos State
- Anambra State
- Cross River State