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Benue State
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Capital Makurdi
Land Area & Rank 39,059 Sq km ( 8 )
Year Created February 3, 1976
Governor Samuel Ortom , APC
Deputy Gov Benson Abounu
L.G.A 23
House of Assembly 29
Major Areas/Towns Makurdi (capital), Gboko, Katsina-Ala, Otukpo, Vandeikya.
Local Dialects Tiv, Idoma, Hausa
Motto “Food Basket of the Nation”
Population 2006 Census:
Rank & Sex: 4,219,244 (9)
Male: 2,164,058
Female: 2,055,186
Contact Phone Gov. Office: 234-44-532218
Fax: 234-44-532564
SSG: 234-44-532552, 533085
Info: 234-44-532185, 532186
Liason Office Abuja Liaison Office:
Plot 1314, Udo Crescent
Off Yakubu Gowon Crescent
P.M.B. 351, Garki, Abuja
Tel: 09-3148512
Fax: 09-3148361

Lagos Liaison Office:
Plot 1221A, Bishop Oluwole St.
Victoria Island
P.M.B. 12682, Lagos.
Tel: 01-610008, 2626232
Local Government Areas
LGA Headquarter
Ado Igumale
Agatu Obagaji
Apa Ugbokpo
Buruku Buruku
Gboko Gboko
Guma Gbajimba
Gwer East Aliade
Gwer West Naka
Katsina Ala Katsina Ala
Konshisha Ise Agberagba
Kwande Adikpo
Logo Ugba
Makurdi Makurdi
Obi Obarike-Ito
Ogbadibo Otukpa
Ohimini Idekpa
Oju Oju
Okpokwu Okpoga
Otukpo Otukpo
Tarka Wan-nune
Ukum Sankera
Ushongo Lessel
Vandeikya Vandeikya
Hotels & Tourism

Important places: River Benue, The Tiv Kwagh-hir theatre and the Ultra-Modern market with 2,500 stalls in Makurdi.

Important Events: Cultural festivals.

Benue Hotels Ltd
5/7, Ahmadu Bellow Way,
Tel: 234-44-33565, 32187, 32944

Makurdi Atlanta Hotel
9, Vandeikya Street,
Tel: 234-44-33440

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
Tel: 234-44-33699
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 the state.  


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 surface.


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.

Mineral/Natural Resources:

Limestone, Gypsum, 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.

Famous Natives:

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. 
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