Unlike countries such as Ghana and Burkina Faso, Nigeria does not have a well developed large scale mining sector, and the majority of gold mining in the country is carried out by artisanal and small scale miners. Artisanal mining activities in Nigeria are almost by definition informal that is, operating outside current laws and regulations.
Gold Mining in Nigeria Abundant gold deposits exist in Northern Nigeria in Anka, Maru, Malele, Tsohon, Osun, Birnin, Gwari Kwaga, Bin Yauri, Gurmana and Iperindo. Production started in 1913 and peaked in the 1930s before declining during the war. Mines were abandoned and like the coal industry, the gold mining industry also didnt recover.
Mining of gold in Nigeria started around the year 1910, but the gold exploration momentum was affected by the second world war. The white men expatriates who lead the exploration course left the country because of the war. After the war, Gold exploration in Nigeria has never regained the momentum again.
Gold mining in Nigeria In the crystalline rocks of the Northern plateau, along Niger valleys and some of its tributaries from the plateau of Yoruba you can find gold. Small gold placer mines are concentrated in Central, West, and North West of the country .
min es that could be re opened. The gold mining opportunity in Nigeria could be very much like that of Ghana where abandoned mines could be redeveloped. Thus significantly increasing the countrys mining potential. Some of the known minerals include: Gold, Coal, Bitumen, Iron ore, Tantalite / Columbite, Lead / Zinc Sulphides,
To retrieve the lead rich gold ore, workers in Nigeria are lowered on ropes into holes about 45 meters deep where they mine the ore using rock hammers. Next they bag the ore, transport it on motorbikes to the villages and sell it by the bag to families for processing.