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Cross River State
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Capital Calabar
Land Area & Rank 23,075 sq. km (19)
Year Created Feb. 3, 1976
Governor Prof. Ben Ayade, PDP
Deputy Gov Ivara Esu
L.G.A 18
House of Assembly 25
Major Areas/Towns Calabar (capital), Ogoja, Ugep, Obudu, Ikom
Local Dialects Efik, Bekwarra, Ejagham
Motto “The People's Paradise”
Population 2006 Census:
Rank & Sex: 2,888,966 (27)
Male: 1,492,465
Female: 1,396,501
Contact Phone Gov. Office: 234-87-232786,
SSG: 234-87-235879
Liason Office Abuja Liaison Office:
Plot 71, Jose Marti Crescent
Asokoro, Abuja.
Tel: 09-3147053

Lagos Liaison Office:
42, Bishop Oluwole Street,
Victoria Island, Lagos
. Tel/Fax: 01-2610005
Local Government Areas
LGA Headquarter
Abi Itigidi
Akamkpa Akamkpa
Akpabuyo Ikot Nakanda
Biase Akpet Central
Bakassi Abana
Bekwarra Abochiche
Boki Boje
Calabar Municipality Calabar
Calabar South Anantigha
Etung Efraya
Ikom Ikom
Obubra Obubra
Obudu Obudu
Odukpani Odukpani
Ogoja Ogoja
Obanliku Sankwala
Yala Okpoma
Yakurr Ugep
Hotels & Tourism

Important places: Obudu Cattle Ranch, old residence museum and monument, Agbokim waterfalls, kwa-falls, carved monoliths, Etankpini cave, National park, Mary Slessor's tomb, Obubra Lake, Ebom Lake, and Ejagham Lake.

Important Events: various festivals, traditional marriages and chieftaincy coronations.

Cytaro Hotel
20, Bishop Moynagh Avenue
State Housing Estate
P. O. Box 1060, Calabar
Tel: 234-87-232401, 234677, 237811
Mobile: 0803 7213847, 0805 5809440
Email: cytaro@skannet.com.ng, cytaro33@yahoo.com

Channel View Hotels
14 Mcc Road
Tel: 234-87-230596, 239071-4
Fax: 234-87-231006

Doris O Hotel
1, Unical Hotel Road
Off IBB Road
By CUDA Office
Tel: 087 233463
Mobile: 0803 6744273
Fax: 087 233463

Government Guest House
1, Marian Road

Le Chateau Hotel
56 Mcc Road
Tel: 234-802-3523854

Metropolitan Hotel
1, Murtala Mohammed Way
P.M.B 1071, Calabar
Tel: 234-87-220911

Paradise City Hotels Ltd
86/88, Atekong Drive Housing Estate
P.M.B 1336, Calabar
Tel: 234-87-221224, 22134
Mobile: 0803 8015358

Pikk Master Hotels Limited
2, Asari Eso Lane
Off Asari Eso Street
By Effio-Ette Junction
Tel: 243-808 8442705, 0703 8839348
Hotline: 0802 8384900
Website: WWW.pikkmaster.com
Email: pikkmaster@yahoo.com

Protea Hotel
Obudu Ranch Resort
P. M. B. 1037, Obudu
Tel: 234-87- 236885, 235991

Pyramid Hotel
Along Muritala Mohammed high Way
after the City Gate

Lisatex Hotels
5 Ekpo Archibong (Former Parlimentary Road)
Tel: 234-87-235477
Mobile: 0803-6755697

The Mirage Hotel
MCC Road
Tel: 234-87-236293-4
Fax: 234-87-236295

The Noble Place
2nd Gate, old Parliamentary Village
Off Ndidem Usang Iso Road
Tel: 234-87-238958, 238959
Mobile: 0802-3809375
Email: the_noble_place@yahoo.com
At the collapse of slave trade by 1830s; legitimate trade grew in the zone. Calabar began exporting palm oil to the western world where the need was in high demand for their industries and lubricating of the railways. Calabar became famous and an international business relationship was established with the West. In the Colonial era, the area was under Calabar/Ogoja province. The Richard Constitution of 1947 placed the zone under the Eastern region. At the turn of the century; Calabar had attained political prominence serving as the administrative capital of Nigeria.

The Capital was only moved from Calabar to Lagos in 1904 and, as such, the importance of Calabar could be gleaned from the fact that as early as 1891, six out of the twenty eight practicing lawyers in Nigeria were resident in Calabar. In 1967 states creation exercise by Gen. Yakubu Gowon’s administration the zone was made an integral part of South Eastern state.

Cross River as a state was created on February 3, 1976 from the defunct South Eastern State by then Gen. Murtala Mohammed regime. The state derived its name from River Cross. The state has a relative ethnic homogeneity- the Efik; rich in tradition having a common ancestral and linguistic root which is traceable to the Bantus in East Africa. In 1895 the first secondary school in the entire Eastern region of Nigeria Hope Waddell Training Institute was established in Calabar with Dr. Akanu Ibiam (1st Governor of defunct Eastern Nigeria) as the 1st African/Nigerian principal. On September 23, 1987 Akwa Ibom state was carved out of the State. Calabar the state capital ranks as the neatest city in the country.

October 10, 2002 the international court of justice (ICJ) in Netherlands ceded the disputed oil rich Bakassi peninsula between Nigeria and Cameroun in the state to Cameroun. August 15 2006, Nigeria handed over bakassi Peninsula to Cameroun republic.  


The state share international border with Republic of Cameroun to the East. In the North is Benue State; in the South is Akwa Ibom state and Atlantic Ocean. In the west are Ebonyi and Abia states.


A low lying flat surface, the vegetation is green foliage of trees and shrubs and oil palm. There are also marshy soils around the various river banks and creeks. Much of the area consists of salt-water swamp which can grow nothing but mangroves. The Obudu Plateau with an altitude of 1575.76 meters above sea level is a principal feature and enjoys a temperate climate like other temperate regions of the world.


Two main seasons (wet and dry) are experienced in the state. The wet season lasts from April to October; while the dry season is between November and March. November to early February is cold and dry due to the harmattan dry wind. Average temperature is 28 degree.


The state has 240 pre-primary schools, 648 primary schools, 150 secondary schools, one polytechnic, one college of agriculture, two colleges of education and two Universities; University of Calabar and Cross River State University of Technology both in Calabar.


The economy is agarian and service based. The state is rich in petroleum. The present government is developing the tourism sector of the state. The state is well positioned for industrialisation. The state has an Airport; Margaret Ekpo International Airport, and a sea port. The state has the following Industries; Cross-River Limestone Industries Ltd, Calabar Cement Company Ltd, Niger mills Ltd, Calabar Wood Ltd and Eastern match Industries Ltd.


The following are the Agricultural produce in the state: Livestock; Cattle, Goats, Sheep, Poultry products, Pigs, Rabbits and Turkeys. Crops; Cassava, Maize, Yams, Plantain, Rice, Banana, Cocoyam, Palm produce and groundnuts. Fisheries; Various forms of fishes. Forestry; a total of 24 percent of the land area of the state is thick forest with various wood species, among them are; Obeche, Ebony, Opepe, Cedar, Gmelina, Iroko, Mamea etc

Mineral/Natural Resources:

Crude Oil and gas, limestone, salt, tin ore, quart-free iron, gravel, clay, granite, and uranium.

Famous Natives:

Eyo Ita, Statesman. Okoi Arikpo, Lawyer, I. I. Murphy, Politician. Clement David Ebiri, Politician. Nella Andem-Ewa (Mrs) Judge. Michael Ani, chartered accountant/administrator. Solomon Unoh, academician. Charles Effiong, academician. Fidelis Nnang, Justice. Sunny Neji, musician. Edward Inyang (Blakky), musician. Joseph Wayas, Politician. Eddie Momah, administrator. Patrick Etta, administrator. Okoi Obuli, Lawyer. Samuel Imoke, Physician. Mathew Mbu, diplomat. Eyo Okon Ekpo, army gen rtd/2nd citizen (1966- 1975). Emmanuel Ndoma-Egba, Justice. Kanu Agabi, lawyer. Kevin Etta, academician. Eval Samuel Nkanu, Monarch. George Ogar, administrator. Margaret Ekpo, activist/women leader/politican. Cecilia Ekpenyong, administrator. Affy Ekong, Sculptor. Edom Tawo, businessman. Ukandi Damachi, businessman. Philo Owan, educationist. Grace Nyambi, business tycoon. Monica Okon, women leader. Benedette Ebin, educationist. Nchjeno Owan, administrator. Josephine Ogar, administrator. Ekpo Young, activist. Florence Ita- Giwa, politician. Donald Etiebet, Lawyer/Politician. Orok Oyo, sport administrator. Shan George, actress. 
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