|Land Area & Rank
||39,059 Sq km ( 8 )
||February 3, 1976
||Samuel Ortom , APC
|House of Assembly
||Makurdi (capital), Gboko, Katsina-Ala, Otukpo, Vandeikya.
||Tiv, Idoma, Hausa
||“Food Basket of the Nation”
Rank & Sex: 4,219,244 (9)
||Gov. Office: 234-44-532218
SSG: 234-44-532552, 533085
Info: 234-44-532185, 532186
Abuja Liaison Office:
Plot 1314, Udo Crescent
Off Yakubu Gowon Crescent
P.M.B. 351, Garki, Abuja
Lagos Liaison Office:
Plot 1221A, Bishop Oluwole St.
P.M.B. 12682, Lagos.
Tel: 01-610008, 2626232
|Local Government Areas
Benue Hotels Ltd
5/7, Ahmadu Bellow Way,
Tel: 234-44-33565, 32187, 32944
Makurdi Atlanta Hotel
9, Vandeikya Street,
Makurdi Plaza Hotels
Plots 1368, G.R.A
P.O. Box 1224, Makurdi
Tel: 234-44-32159, 33565
Tinda Hotel Complex
5, Hospital Way, Makurdi
Benue State was created by Gen. Murtala Mohammed
administration in February 1976. Prior to this, Benue was
part of Northern region from 1947 to 1967. In 1967 states
creation exercise by then Gen. Yakubu Gowon regime; the
state was an integral part of Benue-Plateau State. In 1976,
Benue was made a separate entity from Benue-Plateau
state. Benue state is a heterogeneous ethnic society. The
Tivs, Idomas and Igala being the prominent ethnic groups.
Other tribes have also settled in the state. The state was
named after Benue River, the second largest river in the
country and the most outstanding geographical feature in
In the North is Nasarawa state, in
the East is Taraba State, in the South are Cross River and
Enugu States and in the West is Kogi State.
The state has isolated hills and is
mountainous towards her southern border; while the North
is a mixture of flat/low grassland, with an undulating
Benue State experiences a typical tropical
climate with two distinct seasons, the rain/dry seasons. The
rain season lasts from April-October, with annual rainfall
in the range of 150-180mm. The dry season begins in
November and ends in March. Temperature fluctuates
between 23oc and 31oc. The South Eastern part of the state
adjoining the Obudu-cameroun mountain range has a cool
climate similar to that of Jos Plateau.
The state has 303 secondary schools, made up
of 300 owned by the state and three by Federal
Government. The state also has 3 colleges of education, at
Katsina-Ala, Oju and Akperan; One college of Agriculture;
one school of Nursing and one school of Midwifery in
Makurdi. Two Universities; one state owned and the other
Federal, University of Agriculture, Makurdi.
Though the state is largely rural, the
Government has taken bold steps to redress the industrial
growth of the state by setting up several industries. These
include: Benue cement company (BCC), Taraku Mills
Limited, Benue Brewery Limited, Benue Burnt Bricks,
Benco Roof Tiles and Agro Millers Limited. The State has
initiated a policy of greater private sector participation
through gradual privatisation.
Benue State is the “Food Basket” of the
Nation because of its rich and diverse agricultural produce
which include: yams, rice, beans, cassava, potatoes, maize,
sorghum, millet, cocoyam and fish. The state also accounts
for over 70 percent of Nigeria's soyabeans production.
antiydride, kaolin, natural gas, salt, petroleum, lead and
zinc, barytes, clay, coal, calcite, gemstones and magnetite.
The state also has navigable water; with great potentials for
lucrative fishing industry.
Joseph. S. Tarka, Statesman. Audu
Ogbeh, politician. David Mark, army officer rtd/politician
(Senate President June 2007- ). George Akume, politician
(Governor 1999-2007) Aper Aku, Governor (1979-83).
Jacob Tilley, politician, Paul Unongo, politician, Dan
Amokkachi, footballer/coach. 2Face Idibia, musician.