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Abia State
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Capital Umuahia
Land Area & Rank 7,627.20 sq km (31)
Year Created August 27, 1991
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, PDP
Deputy Gov Ude Oko Chukwu
L.G.A 17
House of Assembly 24
Major Areas/Towns Umuahia (Capital), Aba, Arochukwu, Abiriba, Bende.
Local Dialects Igbo
Motto ‘God’s Own State’
Population 2006 Census:
Rank & Sex: 2,833,999(28)
Male: 1,434,193
Female: 1,399,806
Contact Phone Gov. Office: 234-88-221699
SSG: 234-88-222002
Info: 234-88-221729
Liason Office Abuja Liaison Office:
Plot 1357, Al-Fayyum
Off Abidjan Street,
Wuse zone 3, Abuja
Tel: 09-5237418
Fax: 09-5237419

Lagos Liaison Office:
Plot 1221B, Ahmadu Bello Way,
P.M.B. 80131,
Victoria Island, Lagos
Tel: 01-2617537, 614442
Government
Local Government Areas
LGA Headquarter
Aba North Eziama
Aba South Aba
Arochukwu Arochukwu
Bende Bende
Ikwuano Isiala Oboro
Isiala Ngwu North Okpuala Ngwa
Isiala Ngwu South Omoba
Isuikwuato Mbalano
Obingwa Mgboko
Ohafia Ebem Ohafia
Osisioma Osisioma
Ugwunagbo Ugwunagbo
Ukwa Okeikpe
Ukwa East Akwete
Umuahia North Umuahia
Umuahia South Apumiri
Umunneochi Nneochi
Hotels & Tourism

Important places: Uhuchwu, Ngodo Caves, and Museum of Antiquities, War Museum, Blue River and Museum of Colonial History

Important Events: Ofoala festival, Iriji festival, Ila oso festival and lgba Ekpe festival.

Hotels
Empire Hotel
Plot 187, Aguiyi Ironsi Layout
Umuahia
Tel: 234-88- 220689
Fax: 234-88- 220685

Crystal Park Hotel
156, Port Harcourt Road
Aba.
Tel: 234-82-221729

Hotel Royal Damgrete
13/14 Factory Road
P. O. Box 440
Umuahia
Tel: 234-88- 221510, 220018, 221955, 221053
Fax: 234-88- 221547

Imo Hotels Limited
GRA
P.M.B 1118, Aba
Tel: 234-82-220111

Hotel Unicoco Ltd
19, Scotland Crescent
P.M.B 7224, Aba

Enitona Hotel
8, Margaret Avenue
GRA, P.O.Box 148
Aba
Tel: 234-82-220222, 220200.
Fax: 234-82-222601
ABIA is an acronym formed from initial letters of four groups of people: Aba, Bende, Isuikwuato and Afikpo. Afikpo is now in Ebonyi state. The people of Abia State are the homogeneous Igbo ethnic group. At Nigeria independence in 1960, the area known today as Abia State was part of the Eastern region. In 1967 the area was part of the then East Central State created by Gen. Yakubu Gowon administration. In 1976 when Imo state was created by Gen. Murtala Mohammed; the Abias were merged with it.

The dream of a home state was actualised on August 27, 1991 when Gen. Ibrahim Babangida regime created Abia State. Abians are daring. The Aba women riot of 1929 is a case in point. The women revolted against the British Colonial masters who intended imposing tax on them. This attitude today they have channeled into business. All over the world, the Abia trader is seen buying or selling. One of the Nation’s largest markets; Aria-Aria market is situated in the state’s commercial nerve centre of Aba.  

Boundaries/Neighbours:

In the North and Northeast are Anambra, Enugu and Ebonyi States. In the east and Southeast by Cross River and Akwa Ibom States, in the South is the Imo River demarcating it from Imo state.

Topography:

The state lies within the rain forest zone in the South and Central, and rich Savannah vegetation in the North. The Imo River is the prominent river in the State. Other important rivers include; Azumini blue river and Aba River.

Climate:

The state has two distinct seasons, rain and dry season. The rain season is from April to October, while the dry season commence in November and ends in March. December to February could be very dry accompanied by dry dusty wind – the harmattan wind; temperature could be as low as 15 degree centigrade this period.

Education:

The state has 867 primary schools with pupils’ enrollment of 600,847 and 10,070 teachers. The state also has 193 secondary schools with student enrollment of 147,309 and 3,817 teachers as at 2000 AD. At tertiary level the state has one polytechnic, one college of education, two universities; made up of one Federal-University of Agriculture; Umudike and one State University.

Economy:

Majority of the labour force are engaged in subsistence agriculture. The average Abain is a trader. All over the world, they are seen buying or selling. Crafts of various forms and dimensions are produced in Abia State, such as walking stick, carved doors. Traditional cloth weaving called AKWETE is very popular amongst the people.

Agriculture:

Agricultural produce in the state includes: Yam, Cassava, Cocoyam, Maize, Rice, Cowpeas, Soya beans, Groundnuts, Oil Palm, Coconut, Cashew, Rubber, Raffia Palm, Kolanuts, Guava, Pineapples, Mango, Ginger, Pawpaw, Melon, Vegetables and Okra.

Mineral/Natural Resources:

Lime stones; White burning clay, Fine sand and Petroleum.

Famous Natives:

Thomas Aguiyi – Ironsi, Nigeria 1st Military head of State/President. Michael Okpara, Statesman. Alvan Ikoku, educationist. Ebitu Ukiwe, air force officer rtd. Idika kalu, economist/politician. Joe Imkwu, Stockbroker. Ike Nwachukwu, Politician/Army Gen. Rtd. Bob Ogbuagu, administrator. Onyema Ugochukwu, Journalist/ Adminisrator. Kanu Nwankwo, footballer. James Iroha (aka Gringory) Comedian. Emeka Omeruah, air-force officer rtd. Chris Mba, Musician. Kalu Uka, Poet. C. Ikonne, novelist. Bright Chimezie, musician. Empire Kanu, businessexecutive. Sunny Aku, businessperson. Kalu Kalu, journalist. D. Kalu, lawyer. Emeka Ejiofor, Consultant. Uche Okechukwu, footballer, Vincent Ogublafor, politician. Ojo Maduekwe, politician. Adolphus Wabara, politician (Senate President 2003 –May 2005).  
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