A Lecturer in the Department of Geology, Yobe State University Ahmed Maina has stated there are about 18 untapped mineral resources in commercial quantity across the state.
Maina told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Damaturu that some of the minerals include limestone, gypsum, trona, kaolin, diatomite, bentonite, crude oil, among others.
He said Yobe, Borno, Adamawa, Bauchi and Jigawa states were part of the Chad Basin blessed with abundant mineral resources.
“Trona which is available in Fika Local Government Area is used to manufacture detergent. It is also used for producing Plaster of Paris (POP).
“In the same local government, we have limestone deposits with very huge reserve estimate.
“This means if Nigeria will develop a cement factory in that local government, the factory will not only sustain Nigeria but it will sustain Africa at large,” Maina said.
Another Geologist based in Damaturu Dr Garba Iliya, put the estimate of the reserve of gypsum at 141 million tonnes, saying the mineral was lying fallow in Gujba, Gulani, Fune and Fika local government areas.
He said 247 million tonnes of limestone and 231 tonnes of kaolin were available in Gujba, Gulani, Nangere and Fika local government areas.