Multi-billion naira salt deposit abandoned in states as import soars

Nigeria’s salt import is soaring amid huge deposits in Benue, Cross River, Ebonyi, Abia, Taraba, and Nasarawa states.

Despite the abundance of sources of salt in the country, Nigeria spends huge amounts of foreign exchange (forex) on the importation of the commodity, investigation has shown.

Experts believe that the country is blessed with many sources of salt, including natural brine in lakes, springs, and saline waters.

Salt is used mostly in cooking, preservation, soap, detergents, and dyes.

According to Dr. Fuhad Agbaje, among the benefits of salt is the control of the body’s fluid balance, the functioning of the muscles and the nerves, promotion of healthy weight and metabolism.

When consumed adequately, Dr. Agbaje said salt also aided balancing blood sugar level and stabilized heartbeat.

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