Benue State

Benue State (The Food Basket of The Nation)

Executive Governor Samuel Ortom
Executive Governor: Samuel Ortom


Engineer Benson Abounu
Deputy Governor: Engineer Benson Abounu


Creation: February 3, 1976.

Capital: Makurdi.

Major Cities: Makurdi, Gboko Otukpo, Katsina-Ala, Zaki-Biam, Ukum and Adikpo.

Geographic Location: Its geographic coordinates are longitude 7° 47’ and 10° 0’ East. Latitude 6° 25’ and 8° 8’ north; and shares boundaries with five other states namely: Nassarawa to the north, Taraba to the east, Cross-River to the south, Enugu to the south-west and Kogi to the west. The State also shares a common boundary with the Republic of Cameroun on the south-east.

Economic Profile: Its major agricultural produce include yam, rice, beans, cassava, potatoes, maize, soya beans, sorghum, millet and cocoyam. The state also accounts for over 70% of Nigeria’s soya beans production.

Occupation:The major occupation of the people is farming.

Ethnic Profile: Tiv, Idoma, Igede, Etulo, Abakpa, Jukun, Hausa, Akweya and Nyifon. The Tiv are the dominant ethnic group, occupying fourteen (14) local government areas, while the Idoma and Igede occupy the remaining nine local government areas.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Ado, Agatu, Apa, Buruku, Gboko, Guma, Gwer East, Gwer West, Katsina-Ala,Konshisha, Kwande, Logo,Makurdi, Obi,Ogbadibo, Ohimini,Oju,Okpokwu,Otukpo,Tarka,Ukum,Ushongo,Vandeikya


Raw Materials Distribution in Benue State 


1 ADO Limestone, Brine (Salt Solution), Lead/Zinc, Feldspar Yam, Cassava, Rice, Maize, Sorghum, Soyabeans, Fruits, Mango, Vegetable, Chilies, Pepper, Livestock.
2 AGATU Silica Sand, Clay, Coal

Yam, Cassava, Rice, Maize, Sorghum, Fruits, Vegetable, Beniseed, Chilies, Pepper, Livestock.

3 APA limestone, Gypsum, Kaolin, Anhydrite, Calcium, Sulphate, Clays, Bentonite Yam, Cassava, Sorghum, Maize, Rice, Vegetable, Beniseed, Fruits, Mango, Palm Produce, Spices, Fishery, Livestock
4 BURUKU Glass Sand, Ball Clay, Baryte Yam, Cassava, Rice, Maize, Beniseed, Sorghum, Fruits, Mango, Vegetable, Cashew Nuts, Groundnuts
5 GBOKO Limestone, Glass Sand, Barytes, Brine (Salt solution), Lead/Zinc

Yam, Cassava, Maize, Fruits, Mango, Sorghum, Soyabeans, Millet, Spices, Vegetable.

6 GUMA Limestone, Glass sand, Barytes, Brine (Salt Solution) Yam, Rice, Cassava, Sorghum, Maize, Soyabeans, Millet, Fruits, Vegetable, Mango, Spices, Tomatoes, Livestock
7 GWER EAST Barytes, Gypsum, Brine (Salt Solution)

Yam, Rice, Cassava, Sorghum, Maize, Soyabeans, Millet, Fruits, Vegetable, Mango, Spices, Livestock.

8 GWER WEST Clay, Crude, Gypsum

Yam, Cassava, Rice, Sorghum, Millet, Maize, Soyabeans, Fruits, Vegetable, Spices, Livestock.

9 KATSINA – ALA Glass Sand, Limestone, Flourspar, Brine (Salt Solution), Lead/Zinc Yam, Cassava, Maize, Rice, fishery, Sugarcane, Beniseed, Sheanut, Mango, Fruits, Vegetable, Spices, Cashew Nuts, Livestock
10 KONSHISHA Limestone, Gypsum, Lead/Zinc

Yam, Cassava, Rice, Soyabeans, Sorghum, Beniseed, Citrus Fruits, Livestock, sugarcane.

11 KWANDE Gemstone Yam, Cassava, Soyabeans, Mango, Rice, Sorghum, Palm Produce, Fruits, Vegetable, Livestock, Groundnuts
12 LOGO Silica Sand, Baryte Yam, Cassava, Rice, Sorghum, Soyabeans, Spices, Millet, Fruits, Vegetable, Livestock, Mango, Tomatoes
13 MAKURD Glass Sand, Ball Clay, Barytes, Mica

Yam, Cassava, Rice, Groundnut, Sorghum, Fruits, Maize, Tomatoes, Vegetable, Livestock.

14 OBI Ball Clay, Kaolin, Magnetite, Ilmenite Beniseed, Cassava, Groundnut, Locust Bean, Melon, Rice, Maize, Sorghum, Yam, Citrus Fruit, Millet, Livestock
15 OGBADIBO Coal, Kaolin, Wolframite, Ball Clay

Cassava, Cocoyam, Citrus Fruits, Maize, Palm Produce, Rice, Yam, Kolanut, Spices, Livestock.

16 OJU Ilmenite, Magnetite, Bauxite

Cassava, Palm Produce, Maize, Rice, Millet, Soyabeans, Beniseed, Locust Beans, Livestock.

17 OHIMINI Ball Clay, Bentonite, Bauxite

Cassava, Yam, Millet, Sorghum, Rice, Citrus Fruits, Palm Produce, Vegetable, Livestock.

18 OKPOKWU Coal, Shale, Ball Clay

Cassava, Yam, Sheanut, Rice, Palm Produce, Fruits, Kolanut, Beniseed, Maize, Sorghum, Livestock.

19 OTUKPO Coal, Kaolin, Bentonite, Bauxite, Ball Clay, Wolframite

Yam, Cassava, Rice, Millet, Maize, Soyabeans, Palm Produce, Melon, Beniseed, Guinea corn, Pepper, Spices, Vegetable, Livestock

20 TARKA Limestone, Barytes

Yam, Cassava, Soyabeans, Groundnut, Guinea Corn, Sheanut, Livestock

21 UKUM Ball Clay, Limestone, Lead/Zinc

Beniseed, Yam, Cassava, Millet, Sorghum, Fruits, Rice, Maize, Sheanut, Vegetable, Livestock.

22 USHONGO Baryte, Lead/zinc, Brenite

Beniseed, Beans, Soyabeans, Groundnuts, Sorghum, Cassava, Yam, Rice, Millet, Citrus Fruits, Vegetable, Livestock.


Yam, Cassava, Maize, Rice, Sorghum, Groundnut, Fruits, Vegetable


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