Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria

Capital: Uyo
Area: 6,900 sq Km
Population: 3,920,208 (2006 est.)
Major Languages: Anaang, Ibibio
Governor: Udom Gabriel Emmanuel (PDP)
ISO 3166-2: NG-AK
Date Created: 23 September 1987
Population Rank: Ranked 9th

 

About

Akwa Ibom is a state in Nigeria. It is located in the south-east of the country, lying between latitudes 4°321 and 5°331 North, and longitudes 7°251 and 8°251 East. The State is bordered on the east by Cross River State, on the west by Rivers State and Abia State, and on the South by the Atlantic Ocean.

Akwa Ibom State is located in the South-east corner of Nigeria, lying between latitudes 4o321 and 5o331 North, and longitudes 7o251 and 8o251 East. To the east, the State is bordered by Cross River State and on the west by Rivers State and Abia State and to the South by the Atlantic Ocean.

History

Akwa Ibom State was created out of Cross River State on September 23, 1987. Akwa Ibom was created by combining the Uyo, Ikot Ekpene, Eket and Abak divisions of old Calabar province.

People

Akwa Ibom State is made up of a homogenous group of people believed to have originated from the single ancestral stock. The people are predominantly of the Christian faith although some native African religions are practised by some of the people.

Akwa Ibom State is made up of a homogeneous group of people believed to have originated from a single ancestral stock. The languages spoken in the state are closely related, and the Annang and Ibibio languages are mostly identical with a few dialectical differences. The Eket and Ibeno languages are more closely related to each other than to the other two, and are only partially understandable by speakers of the other two languages.

The people are predominantly of the Christian faith although some native African religions are practised by some of the people.

Local Government Areas

There are 31 Local Government areas in the state with Ikot Ekpene, the oldest local government area in Nigeria created in 1951, as one of them. Others are: Abak, Eket, Ekpe, Atai, Essien Udim, Etinan, Etim Ekpo, Ikono,Ikot Abasi, Ini, Itu, Mbo, Mkpat Enin, Nsit. Ibom, Nsit Ubium, Okobo, Onna, Oron, Oruk Anam, Ukanafun, Uquo Ibeno, Uruan, Urue Offong/Oruko, Uyo, Obot Akara, Ibesikpo Asutan, Ibiono Ibom, Eastern Obolo, Udung Uko, Ika, Ibeno

Education

UNIVERSITY OF UYO (www.uniuyo.edu.ng)

Business Opportunities

The climate of the state allows for favourable cultivation and extraction of agricultural and forest products such as palm produce, rubber, cocoa, rice, cassava, yam, plantain, banana, maize, and timber

The state is endowed with various minerals resources. It is the third largest producer of petroleum in Nigeria. Other, resources include limestone, clay, natural gas, salt, coal, giver nitrate and glass sand.

Tourism

Ibeno Sand Beach/ Natural/man-made IBOM Mobil oil treatment * Ekpo Masquerade festival Cultural * Oron Museum, Oron Museum/ Monument * Mary Slessor House/ Monument Tomb

Useful Resources

www.aksgonline.com


Schools on The Web:

 

Contact

State Liason Office:
Plot 816, Central Business District, Along Ahmadu Bello Way, P. M. B. 370, Garki, Abuja