Cross River State

Cross River State (The Nation’s Paradise)

 Executive Governor

H.E. Senator (Prof) Benedict Ayade

Deputy Governor

Prof. Ivara Ejemot Esu

Created: It was created in 3 February 1976.

Capital: Calabar.

Major Cities: Akamkpa, Biase, Calabar South, Ikom, Obubra, Odukpani, Ogoja, Ugep, Obudu, Obanliku, Akpabuyo, Ofutop, Iso-bendghe, and Boji.

Geographic  Profile: The State is between latitudes and 5 degree 32 and 4 degree 27 North and longitude 7 degree 50 and 9 degree 28 East; Situated within the tropics and shares a common boundary with the Republic of Cameroon in the East, Benue State in the North, Abia and Anambra State in the West Eboyi State in the North West and Akwa Ibom State in the South.

Economic Profile: Cross River State is Nigeria’s premier tourism destination. The hotels and restaurants sector accounts for 5.9 percent of state GDP and this rapid growth is expected to continue as there is an increasing trend for seasonal domestic holidays amongst the upper and middle classes in Nigeria. The State’s month-long Christmas Festival and Carnival Calabar ( in December is successfully attracting large numbers of local and foreign visitors.

Ethnic Profile: The state is composed of three major ethnic groups namely: the Efik, Ejagham and Bekwarra.

Occupation: Agriculture and fishing is one of their major occupation.

Local government Areas (18 LGAs):  Obanliku, Obudu, Bekwara, Ogoja and Yala Boki, IKom,Etung,Obubra, Abi and Yakurr,Biase, Akankpa, Odukpani, Calabar Municipality, Calabar South, Akpabuyo and Bakasi.

Raw Materials Distribution in Cross River State

1 ABI Salt, Limestone Palm Produce, Cassava, Poultry, Maize, Forestry, Fruits, Vegetables, Rice
2 AKAMKPA Limestone, Coal, Manganese, Ilmenite, Gold, Quartz, Glass sand, Tourmaline Timber, Palm Produce, Poultry, Forestry, Fruits, Vegetables, Rubber, Raffia Palm, Gmelina
3 AKPABUYO Petroleum, Natural Gas Palm Produce, Cassava, Raffia Palm, Timber, Poultry, Forestry, Fruits, Kolanut, Fishery
4 BAKASSI Petroleum, Kaolin Fishery, Raffia Palm, Forestry, Beniseed
5 BEKWARRA Maize, Cassava, Groundnut, Palm Produce, Yam, Beniseed
6 BIASE Tin Ore Fruits, Vegetable, Plantain, Banana, Timber, Forestry, Raffia Palm
7 BOKI Mica, Ilmenite

Plantain, Banana, Fruits, Vegetable, Livestock, Palm Produce, Raffia Palm, Cocoa, Poultry, Timber, Forestry , Cane Ropes, Coffee.

8 CALABAR MUNICIPAL Sharp Sand, Kaolin, Limestone, Clay Fishery, Raffia Palm, Cassava, Palm Produce, Rubber, Vegetable
9 CALABAR SOUTH Sharp Sand, Clay, Spring Water Fishery, Vegetable, Cassava, Palm Produce, Raffia Palm
10 ETUNG Salt Plantain, Banana, Cocoa, Fruits, Timber, Forestry , Palm Produce, Maize, Livestock, Cassava, Cane Ropes, Coffee
11 IKOM Quartz, Glass Sand

Plantain, Banana, Cocoa, Fruits, Timber, Forest Produce, Livestock, Yam, Poultry, Palm Produce, Gmelina, Rubber, Maize, Coffee.

12 OBANLIKU Talc, Mica, Ilmenite, Granite, Spring Water

Maize, Poultry, Livestock, Timber, Forestry, Palm Produce, Yam, Beniseed, Groundnut, Kolanut, Cassava, Rice, Plantain, Banana.

13 OBUBRA Lead/Zinc, Salt, Tin Ore, Geothite, Quartz, Muscovite, Pure Quartz, Limestone, Clay Fruits, Rice, Yam, Palm Produce, Poultry, Cassava, Timber, Forestry , Maize, Cocoa
14 OBUDU Kaolin, Quartz, Glass Sand, Gold, Tin Ore, Mica, Ilmenite, Talc Poultry, Livestock, Yam, Palm Produce, Beniseed, Kolanut, Groundnut, Maize, Millet, Plantain, Banana
15 ODUKPANI Limestone Fishery, Plantain, Banana, Fruits, Vegetable, Timber, Rubber, Palm Produce, Raffia Palm, Cassava, Maize, Kolanut
16 OGOJA Tin Ore, Clay Maize, Millet, Cassava, Poultry, Livestock, Sugarcane, Yam, Rice, Groundnut, Beniseed, Palm Produce
17 YAKURR Uranium Fruits, Rice, Rubber, Palm Produce, Poultry, Timber, Forestry, Cassava, Maize
18 YALA Baryte, Lead/Zinc, Salt

Maize, Millet, Cassava, Palm Produce, Poultry, Livestock, Yam, Rice, Sugarcane, Fruits, Beniseed