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The 5 Richest Oil Producing States in Nigeria



Richest Oil Producing States In Nigeria

Nigeria is the most populous country within OPEC according to the OPEC website. Crude Oil was first discovered in Nigeria at Oloibiri, Bayelsa State in 1956. Nigeria has gotten billions of dollars in export revenues from crude oil. Delta, Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Rivers, Edo, Ondo, Imo, Abia and Lagos are the 9 oil producing states in Nigeria. Lagos state was officially declared an oil producing state in Nigeria in 2016. Akwa Ibom produces about 31.4% of Nigeria crude oil which is the largest in the country. 

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The following states are the ⭐️top 5 richest oil producing states in Nigeria⭐️. These states are rich because they are able to generate large IGR with the large Federal Allocation they are getting from the federal government of Nigeria. You can view the IGRs of states in 2019 published by by clicking here

5 Richest Oil Producing States In Nigeria And IGR Details

The top 5 richest oil producing states in Nigeria are Lagos, Rivers, Delta, Akwa Ibom, and Bayelsa states.

1. Lagos

After searching for crude oil in the state for 25 years, Oil was discovered at Badagry, Lagos state by Yinka Folawiyo Petroleum Company Limited in 2016. The then governor of Lagos state Akinwunmi Ambode declared that the state has officially joined the League of Oil Producing States in Nigeria as seen in a Premium Times article published in May 2016. The state is entitled to the 13 percent derivation due to oil producing states in Nigeria. The state is the richest oil producing state in Nigeria because it generates the largest revenue internally in the country. According to, the state generated over 382 billion naira and 398 billion naira in 2018 and 2019 respectively. These amounts were almost thrice of the state with the second largest IGR in those 2 years. The state had the highest state IGR in the country in 2019 which was equivalent to 29.88% of the total IGR generated by Nigerian states in 2019. Lagos state is the former capital of Nigeria and also the economic hub of the nation. The state is the richest state in Nigeria. The total GDP of the state is $33.679 billion.

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2. Rivers

Rivers state is one of the largest oil producing states in the country and the third largest oil producer in Nigeria. The state produces about 21.43% of the nation crude oil. Most oil and gas companies are located ihere. Rivers state is the richest state in the South-South region of Nigeria. The state generated the second largest IGR in 2019 which was above 140 billion naira. The state capital is Port Harcourt. The state shares border with the following oil producing states: Abia, Anambra, Bayelsa, Delta and Imo states. The state has 23 local government areas with ethnic groups like Kalabari, Okrika, Ogoni, Ikwerre, Ibani and Opobo. According to, the state generated 10.9% of the Nigeria states IGR in 2019. The total GDP of the state is $21.073 billion.

3. Delta

Delta state is the second largest oil producer in Nigeria. It produces about 21.56% of Nigeria crude oil. The state has 25 local government areas. Warri, in Delta state has lots of Nigeria petroleum refineries in Nigeria and the state capital is Asaba. The state is rich in natural resources such as limestone, kaolin, and tar. The state generated the seventh largest IGR in 2019 which was above 64 billion naira (about 4.85% of the total states IGR in Nigeria) for that year. in Nigeria Ethnic groups in Delta include the Itsekiris and the Urhobos. Delta GDP is $16.749 billion.

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4. Akwa Ibom

Akwa Ibom produces about 31.4% of Nigeria total crude oil making it the highest oil producing state. The state receives the highest allocation from the Federal Government of Nigeria. Most of their money comes from the oil they produce. The state generated the tenth largest IGR in 2019 which was above 32 billion naira (about 2.42% of the total states IGR in Nigeria) for that year. The state capital is Uyo. Akwa Ibom is said to be the most beautiful state in Nigeria. This has made it to generate much money from hospitality and tourism. The state is also blessed with solid minerals such as Kaolin, Limestone, and Coal. Akwa Ibom has 31 local government areas with 3 major ethnic groups which are Annang, Ibibio and Oron. Akwa Ibom GDP is $11.179 billion.

5. Bayelsa

Bayelsa state produces about 18.07% of Nigeria crude oil. The state received 157.4 billion naira and 143.8 billion naira as federal allocation from the Federal government in 2018 and 2019 respectively. The state capital is Yenagoa. Major ethnic groups in the state include Epie- Atissa, Izon, Nembe and Ogbia. The state generated an IGR of about 16 billion naira which is 1.22% of the total states IGR in Nigeria. Bayelsa GDP is $4.3 Billion.

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While oil brings in lots of money for states, the state IGR did determine how rich a state is. COVID-19 has also reduced the federal allocation of all states in Nigeria including the top 5 richest oil producing states in Nigeria. Getting much federal allocation from the Federal government does not translate to a better standard of living. While there are very rich and wealthy people living in these states, there are also very poor people living in the state. Living in these oil producing states is very expensive.


[Video] Tompolo makes first public appearance after six years



Who is Tompolo?

Government Oweizide Ekpemupolo, aka Tompolo was a commander in various guerrilla groups in the Niger Delta which were all agitating against the insensitivity of the Federal Government and the international oil companies towards to exploitation and degradation of the Niger Delta. Ekpemupolo’s wealth, derived mainly from oil bunkering, played a major role in founding both MEND and also his own fighters (Wikipedia).

Tompolo, who led the disbanded Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND), was nowhere to be found immediately after President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn-in in 2015 as the Federal Government sent troops to get him apprehended.

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The government as published by the Nation Newspaper also declared him wanted through the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for ignoring two bench warrants issued against him by the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos following an alleged N45.5bn fraud case.

But the court on July 15, 2019, dismissed all the charges against Global West Vessel Specialist Limited, a company linked to the former Niger Delta militant leader.

Despite the judgment, Tompolo failed to appear in public until October 19, 2020, when sources said he made a sudden appearance at the Egbesu Shrine in his Oporoza country home in Gbaramatu, Delta State, the Nation Newspaper reported.

His First Public Appearance after six years

Picture and video of his appearance showed the former warlord and his friends dancing, worshipping, and offering Thanksgiving to Egbesu, Ijaw god.

An Egbesu disciple, Bodmas Kemepadei, who confirmed the development, said the appearance of Tompolo, who is the Egbesu Priest, would help to facilitate resolutions of knotty issues in the Niger Delta region.

He said: “As Tompolo disciples and proponents of the Ijaw cause, this celebration to our National God Egbesu, is not just about the vindication and freedom of Tompolo, it is about the military invasion and burning of our communities without any provocation.

“It is about the IOCs that have refused to relocate to the region even after a presidential directive, it is about our people having a fair share of our natural resources, it is about freedom from these Federal Government promoted ailments that our people suffer from.

“We celebrate Tompolo with confidence that these issues will be addressed, we celebrate with our spirits high knowing that the time for resource control is now, let this be a message to all our brothers in struggle, the days of arms are over, we have to engage the FG with intellectualism, we call on all to be part of the resource control agitations, the time is now” (The Nation).

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What is NIN number in Nigeria?



According to Wikipedia, a national identification number, national identity number, or national insurance number is used by the governments of many countries as a means of tracking their citizens, permanent residents,  permanent residents, and temporary residents for the purposes of work, taxation, government benefits, health care, and other governmentally-related functions. The number appears on identity documents issued by several countries.

Below are 7 things you need to know about the NIN in Nigeria

  1. The NIN is your assured digital identity
  2. The NIN is a set of 11 numbers assigned to an individual at the completion of enrolment into the national identity database
  3. The NIN is cannot be transferred from one person to another
  4. The NIN is used to verify your identity as a citizen
  5. Your NIN is what identifies you and can suffice for ID purposes
  6. The NIN is for life, it does not expire
  7. The NIN is a must – have for all citizens

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Aisha Yesufu: Nigeria’s Statue of Liberty



Aisha Yesufu

Aisha Yesufu is a Nigerian social and political activist who came to limelight for speaking up for the abducted Chibok schoolgirls in 2014. In 2020, she and thousands of Nigerians all over the world protested against police brutality. The almost 50 years old Aisha was also at the forefront of the #EndSARS protest and forced the Nigeria Police Force to listen to the voice of the people and dissolved SARS, a tactical unit of the police force on October 11, 2020.

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Aisha Yesufu⭐ was the co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) campaign that tirelessly held protests demanding for the rescue of the 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Chibok, Borno state. The Chibok schoolgirls were between the ages of 15-18 years as at the time of their abduction in 2014. She was part of Nigerian women that protested at Nigeria’s National Assembly, in Abuja, on 30 April 2014.

At the age of 10, the Nigerian female social and political activist concluded that the worst thing any human can do to her was to kill her. She realised that no matter what she and everyone else will still die and that death is inevitable and not the worst thing in life. Aisha Yusufu said she never feared anyone while growing up though she respects people. She only fears the Supreme Being. Aisha Yesufu in October 2020 said she would not leave the fight against End SARS protest in Nigeria for her children.

Biography of Aisha Yesufu

Aisha Yesufu was born in Kano state in December 1974, she is from Agbede in Edo state. She is from the tribe of Etsako and she is 5 feet 10 inches tall. Aisha described the place where she grew up in Kano as a ghetto. By the time she was 11 years, she did not have any female friends as all her female friends had been married and did not complete their education because they were at their husband house.

Education of Aisha Yesufu

Aisha Yusufu got her West African School Leaving Certificate from the Bayero University Staff Secondary School in 1991. According to an article on The Guardian, she wanted to enrol at the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) in 1991 but was rejected because she was a woman. Aisha Yesufu first gained admission to a tertiary institution at the Uthman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto in 1992. In 1993, she got her A-Levels IJMB from the Kano State College of Arts & Science.

She left Uthman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto after a crisis for Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where she got admitted to study Medicine. This female activist left Ahmadu Bello University when it was shut down because of the murder of a professor in 1994. She then got to study at the Department of Microbiology at Bayero University, Kano in 1996 and graduated with a second class upper Bachelor of Science Degree from the university in 1999 three years after.

In each of the 3 universities (Uthman Dan Fodio University, Ahmadu Bello University and Bayero University) where she made friends, her friends avoided moving with her at the administrative block for fear of getting rusticated. She got a masters degree in Pharmaceutical Microbiology in 2006 at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

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Aisha Yesufu Career

Aisha Yesufu, a graduate of Microbiology is a businesswoman. She did her NYSC year in Kano state from January 1999 to January 2000. She was posted to and served at Kano State School of Nursing where she lectured students on medical microbiology, development and spread of infectious diseases in patients.

Aisha went to business after schooling in the 2000s. She made business her main focus. She is the CEO of Aliyyah & Amir Ventures Limited and has been with the family business since January 2003. Aisha Yesufu manages the day to day activities of the company. The business is involved in trading and distribution of general merchandise and raw materials in Northern Nigeria.

The businesswoman also founded Citizens Hub in January 2017. Citizens Hub is a non-profit organization that seeks to build a solution-driven and dynamic approach to building a financially independent, active and responsible citizenry. Citizens Hub is based in Abuja, Nigeria capital.

Aisha Yesufu’s Marriage

Aisha Yesufu got married to her husband Aliu, an Auchi man in 1996 while at the university at the age of 24. She was the one who approached her husband. The marriage is blessed with two children a son and a daughter with the youngest child (her daughter) born in December 2001. Aisha Yesufu once revealed that she is not a big fan of house chores. She says her husband is her number one fan.

Aisha Yesufu’s Activism

Activism as always being part of Aisha Yesufu life. She as always stood up against injustice. Aisha Yesufu do tell tales of how she participated in several protests while studying at the 3 universities she attended. She has been actively involved in over 100 protest marches demanding social justice in Nigeria.

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Aisha was a columnist at Daily Times from September 2019 to March 2020 where she wrote about contemporary issues affecting Nigeria. The Bring Back Our Girls civil rights group where she was the co-convener persistence helped in the rescue of at least 100 Chibok girls from the Boko Haram terrorist group with more still missing. She was the Sit-Out Coordinator and then Chairperson of the Strategic Team of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign group. Since 30th of April 2014, the civil the group has staged a sit-in protest at the Unity Fountain to compel the government to bring back the remaining girls despite all forms of intimidation and harassment by security agents and the Nigerian government.

In 2019, Aisha volunteered as a member of the Oby Ezekwesili Presidential Campaign Organization during the 2019 elections in Nigeria. In 2020, she was very active in the #EndSars campaign. Aisha and several thousands of Nigeria protested against police brutality that eventually led to the dissolution of the SARS tactical unit on Sunday, October 11, 2020, by the Inspector General of Police.

Aisha Yusufu is very active on social media and is known to fight injustice both online and offline. She has been physically present in at least over 100 protests in Nigeria and is known to be one of the positive change voice in Nigeria. She is fluent in English, Hausa, and Etsako languages. Aisha won an Award for Humanitarian Service during her NYSC. She as also won the Social Person of the week on Kakaaki and was also given the Voice of Humanity award by the Guardian Newspaper. Aisha Yusufu is a practising Muslim.

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