|Land Area & Rank
||5,932 sq km (33)
||Oct. 1, 1996
||Engr Dave Umahi, PDP
|House of Assembly
||Abakaliki (capital), Nkalagu, Afikpo, Ezeillo, Onueke.
||“Salt of the Nation”
Rank & Sex: 2,173,501(34)
||Gov. Office: 234-43-21503
Abuja Liaison Office:
Plot 146, Mississippi Street,
Off Alvan Ikoku way, Maitama
P.M.B. 5034, Wuse
Lagos Liaison Office:
Plot 1231B, Bishop Oluwole Street
Victoria Island, Lagos
Tel/ Fax: 01-2645759
|Local Government Areas
A.D.C. Catering Rest House
Water Works Road, Abakaliki,
Tel: 234 43 20067
Ebonyi Hotels Ltd
Ogoja Road, Abakaliki
Tel: 234-43-21511, 21515, 21527
EBSU Guest House
Eagle Royal Hotel
Old Enugu Road
Tel: 234 43 20801
Lobito Hotels Ltd
4, Leach Road
Tel: 234 43 21044
Ebonyi state was created out of Enugu and Abia States in
1996. Prior to the creation of the state, the area had been
categorised into various units. In 1947 partitioning of the
country into regions the state was part of the Eastern region
under Ogoja province. In 1967 following state creation by
Gen. Yakubu Gowon, the area was merged with the East
central state. In 1976 during another state creation by Gen.
Murtala Muhanmmed administration, the people of the old
Abakaliki province were shared into the old Imo and
Anambra States in that order.
Again in 1991 during the
Babangida administration, the people that now make up
Ebonyi state were merged into Enugu and Abia States
respectively. The desire for a political identity was
actualized on October 1, 1996 when the late Gen. Sani
Abacha's administration created Ebonyi state. Ebonyis are
homogenous Igbo ethnic society; industrious with rich
cultural heritage. Ebonyi state is located in the South East
zone of Nigeria.
In the East is Cross River state,
in the North is Benue State; in the West is Enugu State and
in the South is Abia State.
Undulating land formations. The vegetation
is a mixture of Savannah and Semi tropical forest.
Two main seasons (dry and rain) are experienced
in the state. The rain season commences in April and ends
in Oct; while the dry season lasts from November to
March. Average temperature is about 300C.
The state has 689 primary schools with
450,000 enrollment, 185 secondary schools with 125,000
student enrollment as at 2000. The state also has one
Federal College of Agriculture at Ishiau, one college of
Education at Ikwo, one Federal Polytechnic at Umana
Afikpo and a State University.
The main occupation of the people is commerce
(Trading) and farming, while others are engaged in white
The state agricultural produce includes; yam,
rice, cassava, coco-yam, oil palm, rubber, guava,
pineapple, pawpaw, citrus truits, soya beans, kolanuts,
melon, ginger, raffia palm and groundnuts.
Salt, copper, crude oil,
industrial sands, limestone, granite, marble stone, gold,
zinc, coal, lead, gypsum and lignite.
Franklin Ogbuewu, ambassador.
Ogbonnaya Aja Nwachukwu, ambassador. Pius Anyim
Politician/senate president (2001-2003). Margret Nworie,
administrator. P. O. Elechi, Justice. Harrison Onwe,
administrator. Peter Nwankwo, administrator, Kalu Ude,
businessman. Anthony Igwe, physician. Ben Egwu,
administrator. G. O. Ukwanyi, Naval Officer rtd. Mike
Okike, Clergy. Jacob Nwachukwu, physician. Eric Ekuma,
Lawyer. Lawrence Nwuruku, Politician. Hamilton Isu,
administrator. Kingsley Nkpuma, administrator. Igwe
Nwenyi, administrator. A.N. Nwankwo, Justice. C. E.
Ekuma Nkama, Justice. F. O. Ibiami administrator. Ukoro
Edene, administrator. D. O. Aja, administrator. C. J. Odi,