Abia State (God’s Own State)
Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu
Right Honourable Ude Okochukwu
CREATION: Created 27th August 1991.
Major City: Aba, Osusu Aba, Uturu, Oro Arochukwu
GEOGRAPHIC PROFILE: Located in South-East of Nigeria, approximately at latitudes 40 40′ and 60 14′ north, and longitudes 70 10′and 80 east. Bounded in the North by Ebonyi State; bounded South and South West by Rivers; bounded East and South East by Cross River and Akwa Ibom States. It is bounded in the West by Imo and Northwest by Anambra. Land Area is 5,243.7 sq. km.
ECONOMIC PROFILE: Crude Oil, Gas production, and Agriculture.
OCCUPATION: Agriculture is the major occupation of the people of Abia State. This is induced by the rich soil, which stretches from the northern to the southern parts of the state. Subsistence farming is prevalent and about 70 per cent of the population is engaged in it.
ETHNIC PROFILE: Igbos are 95% of the population; 1.19% (1991) National Population; 2,833,999 – 2006 (National Population Commission source); Official language – English; Local Language – Igbo
Local Government Area (LGA) – Aba North, Aba South, Arochukwu, Bende, Ikwuano, Isiala, Ngwa North, Isiala Ngwa South, Isiukwuato, Obi Ngwa, Ohafia, Osisioma Ngwa,Ugwunagbo, Ukwa East, Ukwa West, Umuahia North, Umuahia South and Umunneochi.
Raw Materials Distribution in Abia State
|S/N||LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA||MINERAL RAW MATERIALS||AGRO RAW MATERIALS|
|1||ABA NORTH||Glass Sand||Cassava, Vegetable, Maize, Plantain Banana, Palm Produce, Livestock, Bitter Cola.
|2||ABA SOUTH||Glass Sand||Cassava, Vegetable, Maize, Pawpaw, Palm Produce, Timber|
|3||AROCHUKWU||Shale, Limestone, Bentonitic Clay, Laterite||Cassava, Vegetable, Yam, Cocoyam, Palm Produce, Rubber, Maize, Rice|
|4||BENDE||Clay, Bentonite , Shale, Salt, Limestone, Phosphate, Laterite||Cassava, Yam, Cocoa, Cocoyam, Vegetable, Palm Produce, Rubber, Maize, Okra, Rice, Mango, Melon, Gmelina Abora|
|5||IKWUANO||Ball Clay, Bentonite , Kaolin, Phosphate||Cassava, Palm Produce, Maize, Vegetable, Cocoa, Ginger, Cocoyam, Melon|
|6||ISIALA- NGWA NORTH||Glass Sand||Cassava, Palm Produce, Vegetable, Yam, Pineapple, Plantain, Banana, Bamboo, Ginger, Cocoyam, Raffia Palm|
|7||ISIALA- NGWA SOUTH||Glass Sand||Maize, Bamboo, Ginger, Palm Produce, Cassava, Plantain, Banana
|8||ISUIKWUATO||Ball Clay, Kaolin, Bentonite , Shale, Gypsum, Laterite||Cassava, Vegetable, Palm Produce, Maize, Cashew, Citrus, Pineapple, Yam.
|9||OBI NGWA||Ball Clay, Bentonite , Kaolin, Phosphate||Palm Produce Maize, Ginger, Bamboo, Rafia Palm, Cassava|
|10||OHAFIA||Limestone, Shale, Marble||Cassava, Palm Produce, Maize, Rubber, Vegetable, Citrus, Rice Melon|
|11||OSISIOMA NGWA||Marble||Cassava, Ginger, Palm- Produce|
|12||NGWUNAGBO||Marble||Palm Produce, Cassava, Ginger, Raffia Palm , Bamboo|
|13||UKWA EAST||Glass Sand, Petroleum.||Cassava, Palm Produce , Maize , Vegetable, Ube (Local Pear), Plantain|
|14||UKWA WEST||Glass Sand, Petroleum||Cassava, Palm Produce, Maize , Vegetable, Ube (Local Pear), Plantain|
|15||UMUAHIA NORTH||Kaolin, Lignite, Ball Clay, Shale, Bentonite , Phosphate||Cassava, Maize, Palm Produce, Ube (Local Pear)|
|16||UMUAHIA SOUTH||Kaolin, Bentonite Clay||Palm Produce, Cassava, Bamboo, Raffia Palm, Timber|
|17||UMUNNEOCHI||Clay, Kaolin, Granite||Cashew, Cassava, Citrus, Palm Produce, Ginger, Rice|