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Mineral Potentials

No. Mineral Location of Occurrence Local Govt Area Work Done Possible Uses General Remarks
1. Asbestos Dan-Bido

Faskari and Funtua

Detailed Investigation by Geological Survey Dept.(GSC)

Asphalt, floor tiles, plastics paints etc.

A reserve of 400tons given. The asbestos is non-spinning which limits its uses .

2 Ball Clay

To the East of Danja

Danja/Bakori Identified Ceramics ware

Large quantities available


3 Basalt

To the West of Runka


Safana Located

Rock wool and re-factory

There is a lot of basalt in Nigeria for this occurrence to be significant.

4 Brick Clays

Available in many locations like Jabiri, Kabomo, Kongwalam, Dutsin-Ma

All Local Govt.s will have at least one brick-clay location



Manufacture of clay bricks


A plant already built in Funtua may use the Jabiri clay

Nickel, Copper, Cobalt, Platinum, Vanadium, Chromite


Polymettalic association in Jibia and chromites found with Asbestos at Dan-Bido and Mallam Tanko

Jibia and FaskarilFuntua


Same work as done on asbestos by GSD. Exploration being carried out now in Jibia by the GSNA

Steel making factory furnaces, tanning and electronics. Some minerals are strategic


The Jibia minerals are an important find. Work is now being carried out


6 Diamonds Kafur Kafur

Pitting, geo-physics and geo- chemistry by ABU.GSD and Diamond Company of Sierra-Leone (DCSL)

Gemstone drill bits etc.


Kimberlitic pipe identified in  kafur


7 Feldspar

Mairana and south of Mahuta

Kankia and Kafur



Ceramics and glass


8 Granite

Many locations


In all Local Govts except Daura and Zango


Located mostly during geological mapping by GSD


Construction and decorative stones


Cutting and polishing of the beautiful; granites, especially in Birchi, Kurfi and on Kano road near Rimi

9 Graphite

Northwest of Malumfashi

Kankara Identified

Lead pencils, foundry

Associated with felspathic quartzite.

10 Gravels

All stream courses and near Katsina

AJI Local Govts especially Katsina

Mapped by GSD around Katsina


Already being utilized by the construction industry

11 Gold


Schist Belts Especially·


Mainly found in Batsari, Safana, Faskari, Bakori and Malumfashi

Panning done at Bakori by GSD. NMC investigated some Schist Belts in the State

Ornaments and currency

Gold found in most schists

12 Ilmenite

Kafur and in other places as streaks in river sands

Kafur and all Local Govts

Work done in Kafur and Kankara by GSD and NMC

To produce Titanium dioxide for paints

Work to estimate the reserves at Kafur needed

13 Iron-ore Rawayau Kurfi Identified

Making iron and steel

14 Kaolin

Main Locations are Dan Marke, Kabomo, Dutsin-Ma, Wagini, Kuka and Rimi

Kankara, Bakori, Dutsin- Ma and Rimi

Work done in Kankara by GSD and NMC. Some work also done by the Katsina Investment Company at Dutsin-Ma

Ceramis, paper, rubber paints, textile, plastics, cosmetics, tooth paste, pharmaceuticals, disinfectants, glass etc.

15 Laterite

Many locations


Many locations



Source of iron and aluminium, construction and road surfacing

Laterite used locally for building and for roads


16 Magnetite

In river sands and streaks

All oyer the State

Identified Source of iron

Not an economic ore

17 Manganese

Tudun Kudu. Unguwar Mallam Ayuba,

Northwest of



Funtua and Bakori


Detailed work carried out by National Steel Council (NSC)


In making alloys, foundries and dry cell batteries


Economic reserve for Ajaokuta Steel Company not yet located. Use of quartzite as rail blast also indicates presence of potential reserves on Gusau road


18 Marble Kankara Kankara Identified

Chemical, metallurgical and building industries

19 Migmatites

Many Location

Most Local Govts, especially Funtua, Musawa, Bindawa and Kankia

During geological mapping by GSD

Construction and decorative stones

20 Nickel

Associated With asbestors asbestos and serpentinite at Mallam Tanko and Dan-Bido

Faskari and Funtua

Same as the investigation for asbestos by GSD


Quartz and quartz sands (glass sands)


Many rivers especially Jibia, Daura and Katsina

Jibia, Daura and Katsina


Glass, ceramics and abrasives

Glass sand suitable for making glass identified at Jibia and Daura

22 Quartzite

Mainly within schist belts

Especially Bakori, Batsari, Faskari and Malunfashi

Mapping by ABU and GSD

Construction and as a source of silica after grinding

Work needed as some quartzite are manganiferous

23 Rutile

As streaks in river sands

All over the State


Source of Titanium dioxide for paint

24 Serpentine

Mallam Tanko near Sheme


Work done by GSD

Decorative stones

31 million ton  proved by GSD. Feasibility for the establishment of cutting and polishing based on the deposit already written and awaiting  investment




Southeast of Dutsin-Ma and pegmatite dykes elsewhere

Dutsin-Ma and other Local Govts

Mapped by GSD


26 Tremolite

Mairana and gneissic complex Southeast of Funtua

Kankia and Funtua

Identified by GSD: also mapped by ABU

27 Uranium

National Anomaly 1 in Daura rcgion


Daura and Zango


Located with air-borne radio-metric survey


Ground check commenced by the Nigerian Uranium Mining Company (NUMCO) and then abandoned

28 Vermiculite Dan Marke Kankara

Mapped by GSD and ABU

Thermal and acoustic installation

Further work necessary. Unlikely however to be economical



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