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Enugu State
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Capital Enugu
Land Area & Rank 8,727 sq km (28)
Year Created August 27, 1991
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, PDP
Deputy Gov Cecilia Ezeilo, PDP
L.G.A 17
House of Assembly 24
Major Areas/Towns Enugu (Capital), Nsukka, Agbani, Obollo-Afor, Nike
Local Dialects Igbo
Motto “Coal City”
Population 2006 Census:
Rank & Sex: 3,257,298(22)
Male: 1,624,202
Female: 1,633,096
Contact Phone Gov. Office: 234-42-451991
SSG: 234-42-454357
Info: 234-42-253146
Liason Office Abuja Liaison Office:
Central Area, Cadestral Zone
Near Ministry of Finance
P.M.B. 271 Garki
Tel: 09-2342244, 2342243

Lagos Liaison Office:
Plot 1231, Bishop Oluwole St
Victoria Island, Lagos.
Tel/ Fax: 01-613338, 7744856
Website: www.ebeano.org
Local Government Areas
LGA Headquarter
Agwu Agwu
Aninri Ediabo
Enugu East Nike
Enugu North Enugu
Enugu South Uwani
Ezeagu Aguobu-owa
Igbo-Etiti Ogbede
Igbo-eze North Enugu-Ezike
Igbo-eze South Ibagwa Aka
Isi-Uzo Ikem
Nkanu East Amagu-Nze
Nkanu West Agbani
Nsukka Nsukka
Oji-River Oji-River
Udenu Obollo-Afor
Udi Udi
Uzo-Uwani Umulokpa
Hotels & Tourism

Important places: IMT Sculptural Garden and Art Gallery in Enugu, Nike Lake Resort; Enugu Polo, amusement park, Enugu, coal mines sites, Enugu, Onuiyi Haven; Nigeria 1st president, Nnamdi Azikiwe residence.

Important Events: Mmanwu festival, Iriji (New yam) festival, chieftaincy coronation, Ozo title taking ceremonies, traditional marriage ceremonies, and cultural troupes.

Dontell Suites
18, Nike Lake Resort Road
Federal Housing Trans Ekulu
Tel: 042-551877
Email: dontellsuites@yahoo.com

Modotels Enugu
2, Club Road
P.O.Box 1954, Enugu
Tel: 234-42-258000, 258870-1

New Haven Tourist Paradise Hotel
Achara layout, Enugu
Tel: 234-42-332658

Nike Lake Motel
P.M.B 1193, Enugu
Tel: 234-42-337000-20

Presidential Hotel
Independence Layout
P.M.B 1096, Enugu
Tel: 234-42-253634

Protea Hotel
Lake Resort
Nike Road, Abakpa-Nike Town
Tel: 234-42-557000
Fax: 234-42-557679
Email: ph.nikelakeresort@gmail.com
Website: WWW. Proteahotels.com/nikelake

Sunshine Guest House
1, John Nwodo Close
GRA Enugu
Tel: 042 255484, 255429

The Grand Metropole Hotel
19, Ogui Road, Enugu
Tel: 234-42-251971, 250464

Zodiac Hotel
5/7, Rangers Avenue
Independence Layout
P.O. Box 671, Enugu
Tel: 042 457900, 457915
Fax: 042 457758
The state derives its name from the capital city; Enugu. The word “Enugu” in local parlance means “The hill's top”. The first European settlers arrived in Enugu in 1909 led by a British mining Engineer called Mr. Kitson, who in the quest for silver discovered coal in the Udi ridge. By 1914, another British Mining engineer named W.J. Leck arrived Enugu, accompanied by a group of labourers led by one Mr. Alfred Inoma.

They first settled at Hill top; while Alfred's group settled in Alfred camp; the present “Ugwu Alfred”. Lord Lugard; the then Colonial Governor, took keen intrest in the discovery of coal and by the close of 1914 the first shipment of coal was made. As mining activities increased, a cosmopolitan settlement emerged supported by a railway system linking Enugu to Port Harcourt for the onward shipment of the coal to Europe. In 1917 Enugu acquired township status, and became strategic to British interest.

Foreign business began to move into Enugu. The most notable of which were John Holt, Kingsway stores, British Bank of West Africa and United Africa Company (UAC). Ever since the colonial rule in Nigeria Enugu has played significant role in the Nigerian political system.

It was the capital of the Eastern Region (now broken up into Eleven states) from 1947 to 1967, it was also the capital of the defunct Republic of Biafra, the East Central State, the old Anambra State and now the capital of the present Enugu State. The state is a homogeneous Igbo ethnic group, a people noted for their industrious entrepreneurship and resourcefulness.  


In the south are Abia and Imo States, in the North by Benue and Kogi states, on the East by Ebonyi state, and on the West by Anambra state.


Lying partly within the semi-tropical rain forest belt of the South, changing gradually from tropical rain forest belt to open woodland and then to Savannah land. Apart from chain of low hills, the rest of the state is made up of low land criss-crossed by numerous streams and rivulets; major ones are Adada and Oji- Rivers.


Is comparatively equitable. The annual rainfall ranges within 152cm to 203cm. The climate is generally cold during the rain season which lasts from March to October. And relatively hot during the dry season. The dry season commences in November and lasts till April. Average temperature is put at 28 degree. December and early January is the coldest as a result of the dry dusty wind of harmattan.


The state has two universities, one federal and the other state owned, and one college of education.


Industrial production plays vital role in the sustenance of the economy. The state is a host to many industries; among them are vegetable oil company, aluminum, automobile, flourmill, livestock, cement companies, brewery, and coal mining


The locals are mainly farmers. This also plays very significant role in the growth of the state's economy. Among the agricultural produce in the state are: rice, maize, cassava, poultry and piggery, palm produce and cashew.

Mineral/Natural Resources:

The following mineral resources are found in Enugu state; Natural gas, petroleum, coal, Iron ore, clay, kaolin and limestone.

Famous Natives:

Arthur Nwankwo, Politician. Alison Madueke, Navy officer rtd. J.O.J. Okoloagu, Army Officer, Jim Nwabodo, Politician, Ejike Onyia, business man. David Ogbodo, Administrator. Steve Okolo, Administrator. Dubem Onyia, politician. N. Malo, Administrator. Igwe James Mama (Ifesinachi), Transporter. Eugene Okwor, Administrator. Naduka Ugwu Businessman. Christopher Oti, Businessman. Abdulazeez Ude, Businessman. Basil Onugu, Banker. Eddy Ugwu, Politician. Ogbonaya Onovo, Police Officer rtd. Kelvin Ejiofor, Broadcaster. C. I. Nnamani, Justice. A.C. Okafor, police officer. C. C. Onoh, politican. Eze Ozobu, justice. J. C. N. Ugwu, justice 
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