Enugu State, Nigeria

Capital: ENUGU
Area: 7,161 km˛
Population: 4,267,837 km sq (2006 est.)
Language: Igbo
Governor:  Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (PDP)
ISO 3166-2: NG-EN
Date Created: 27 August 1991
Population Rank: 22

 

About

Enugu State is an inland state in southeastern Nigeria. Its capital is Enugu where the state derives its name.

It shares boundaries with Anambra on the West, Abia State on the South, Kogi on the North while Benue and Eboyin on the East. Enugu and Nsukka are its major towns. Enugu was the headquarters of the former East Central State and Eastern Nigeria. 

History

Enugu State is one of the thirty-six States constituting the Nigerian Federation. It came into being on August 27, 1991 when the administration of President Ibrahim Babangida finally acquiesced to the long agitations of Waawa people for a State they could truly call their own. Enugu State derives its name from the capital city, ENUGU (top of the hill) which is regarded as the oldest urban area in the Igbo speaking area of Southeast Nigeria.

The word "Enugu" (from Enu Ugwu) means "the top of the hill".

People

They people of Enugu are typically Ibos

Local Government Areas

Enugu State has a total of (17) seventeen local government areas. These are Enugu South, Igbo-Eze South, Enugu North, Nkanu, Udi Agwu, Oji-River, Ezeagu, IgboEze North, Isi-Uzo, Nsukka, Igbo-Ekiti, Uzo-Uwani, Enugu East, Aninri, Nkanu East and Udenu.

Education

Nigeria's first indigenous university, (University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)), is located in Enugu State. The state also hosts the Enugu State University of Science & Technology (ESUT), Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Federal Cooperative College, Oji River (FCCO), Enugu State College of Education Technical, Enugu, , Amorji-Nike, Renaissance University, Ugbawka; Federal Government College Enugu, Federal School of Dental Technology & Therapy College of Immaculate Conception, Enugu; Queen’s School Enugu a Prominent high school for girls in the Eastern region; St. Theresa's College, Nsukka; Special Science Boys' Secondary School Agbani, Nkanu West l.g.a; [St. Patrick's Secondary School], Emene;Bigard Memorial Seminary, Enugu; Awgu County College, Nenwe; Community Secondary School, Ugbo-Okpala, Ugbo; Corpus Christi College, Achi, [ Royal Crown Academy, Nsukka, Enugu State, Enugu]; Our Saviour Institute of Science and Technology, Enugu; and the Federal College of Education, Eha-Amufu, Seat of Wisdom Secondary School Trans Ekulu Enugu. There are also a host of private computer schools and training centres concentrated in Enugu and Nsukka.

Business Opportunities

The state is predominantly agricultural with yam tubers, palm produce and rice being their main produce. There is in place an agricultural policy aimed at maximizing its agricultural potentials.

Besides coal, new mineral deposits have recently been discovered in Enugu State. These include limestone, iron ore, crude oil, natural gas and bauxite.

Tourism

Mmanwu Festival Cultural * Nike Holiday Resort Natural/Man-made * Ezeagu Tourist Complex Man-made * Nkalagu Silicon Sand Physical * Uzo-Uwani Natural Nature's Wonder * Iva Valley Coal Mine Natural

Useful Resources

www.enugu.gov.ng : official site of the state government

Schools on The Web:

Enugu State University of Science and Technolgy (www.esut.edu.ng)

Institute of Management and Technology (www.imt.edu.ng)

Caritas University (wwww.caritasuni.edu.ng)

University of Nigeria, Nsukka (www.unn.edu.ng)

 

Contact

State Liason Office:
Plot 81, Ralph Shodeinde Street, Opp. Federal Ministry Of Finance, Centraql Business District, Abuja