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By JEROME MICHAEL EBRUPHIYO/Basis/Tuesday, October 5, 2021

List Of The 18 Local Government Areas In Cross River State And Their Towns In Nigeria

                              
                            
This post will provide information on the list of the 18 local government areas in Cross River state and their towns in Nigeria as well as provide answers to questions like: What are the 18 local government in Cross River? How many local government areas are there in Cross River State? How many local government does Calabar have? When was Cross River state was created? What is the history of Calabar? What is the oldest local government in Cross River state? What was the former name of Cross River state?

Brief History of Cross River State in Nigeria

The South-South State was created on 27 May 1967 from the former Eastern Region, Nigeria by the General Yakubu Gowon regime. Its name was changed to Cross River State in the 1976 state creation exercise by the then General Murtala Mohammed regime from South Eastern State.?222?The present day Akwa Ibom State was excised from it in the state creation exercise of September 1987 by the then regime of General Ibrahim Babangida. The struggle for a new state creation started in 1980 in the reign of president shehu shagari where Senator Joseph Oqua Ansa (Mon) the senator representing Calabar senatorial district then was at the helm of affairs. Its capital is Calabar. Its major towns are Calabar Municipality, Akamkpa, Biase, Calabar South, Ikom, Igede, Obubra, Odukpani, Ogoja, Bekwarra, Ugep, Obudu, Obanliku, Akpabuyo, Ofutop, Iso-bendghe, Danare, Boki, Yala, Bendeghe Ekiem, Etomi, Ediba, Itigidi, Ugep, Ukpe and Ukelle.

Culture and Belief of the People of Cross River State in Nigeria

Efik, Bekwarra, Bette people, and Ejagham are major indigenous languages of Cross River state. Christianity is the dominant religion in this region alongside traditional cultural practices such as Anong Bahumono Festival which is held in Anong Village, during which different cultural dances are showcased, including Ikpobin (acclaimed to be the most entertaining dance in the state), Ekoi, Obam, Emukei and Eta. Some of the inhabitants are farmers, traders and others are civil servants, private and public business owners and so on.

List of Local Government Areas in Cross River State and their Towns in Nigeria

1. Abi Local Government Area

It is located in Itigidi town with about 10 towns which are:
  • Adadama
  • Afafanyi
  • Igonigoni
  • Ekureku
  • Imabana
  • Usumutong
  • Abuego
  • Itigidi
  • Ebom
  • Ediba/Anong

2. Akamkpa Local Government Area

It is located in the town of Akamkpa with about 12 districts and villages which include:
  • Egup-Ipa
  • Ehom
  • Erei
  • Iko Ekpe-Rem
  • Ikpai
  • Netin
  • North West (Ito)
  • Oban
  • Ojuk
  • Ubang-Hara
  • Umon
  • Uyanga

3. Akpabuyo Local Government Area

It is located in Ikot Nakanda town with about 6 towns which includes:
  • Atimbo
  • Eneyo
  • Ikang
  • Idundu
  • Ikot Edem Odo
  • Ikot Eyo

4. Bakassi Local Government Area

It has its administrative headquarters in Ikang town with about 11 towns which include:
  • Abana
  • Akpankanya
  • Akwa
  • Amoto
  • Ambai Ekpa
  • Archibong
  • Atai
  • Ema
  • Efut Iwang
  • Ekpot Abia
  • Odiong

5. Bekwarra Local Government Area

It is located in northern Cross River State with its headquarters in the town of Abuochiche and has about 13 towns and villages which include:
  • Abuochiche
  • Afrike
  • Eastern Yala
  • Ekajuk
  • Gabu
  • Gakem
  • Mbube
  • Nkum
  • North Ukele
  • Ogoja Urban
  • South Ukele
  • Western Yala Ya
  • Yache

6. Biase Local Government Area

It is located in Akpet Central town with 10 towns and villages which include:
  • Abanwan
  • Afono
  • Edu/Elu
  • Egbor
  • Etana
  • Ipene
  • Ibini
  • Obum
  • Umuolor
  • Urugbam

7. Boki Local Government Area

It has its adminstrative center in Boje town with about 11 districts which include:
  • Abawyum
  • Akpara-Bong
  • Boje
  • Eastern Boki
  • Ikom (Rural)
  • Nde
  • Northern Etung
  • Nta
  • Ofutop
  • Osokom
  • Southern Etung

8. Calabar Municipal Local Government Area

It is a municipal local government area located in the city of Calabar consisting of other towns and wards.

9. Calabar South Local Government Area

It is located in the town of Anantigha with other major districts and towns.

10. Etung Local Government Area

It is located in the town of Effraya with about 11 districts which include:
  • Abia
  • Abijang
  • Agbokim
  • Ajassor
  • Bendeghe
  • Ekiem
  • Effraya
  • Etomi
  • Itaka
  • Mkpot/Ayuk Aba
  • Nsofang

11. Ikom Local Government Area

It has its administrative headquarters in Ikom town with about 9 districts which include:
  • Abakpa
  • Bisiri
  • Bojor Achibong
  • Obudu
  • Oguja
  • Okim Osabor
  • Okuku

12. Obanliku Local Government Area

It is located in the town of Sankwala with about 9 districts which include:
  • Basang
  • Bebi
  • Becheve
  • Bendi
  • Bishiri North
  • Bishiri South
  • Bisu
  • Busi
  • Utanga

13. Obubra Local Government Area

It has its administrative headquarters in Obubra town with about 8 districts and towns which ionclude:
  • Iyalla
  • Obubra Urban
  • Ofat (Adum)
  • Ofodua (Adum)
  • Ofombo-Ngha
  • Okom
  • Osopong

14. Obudu Local Government Area

It is situated in Obudu town with about 11 districts which include:
  • Alege
  • Becheve
  • Bettee North
  • Oban-Liku
  • Obudu (Rura)
  • Okpe
  • South Oban-Liku
  • Ugang
  • Unpe
  • Utanga
  • Utugwang

15. Odukpani Local Government Area

It is made up of about 15 towns and villages which include:
  • Adiabo Efut
  • Creek Town
  • Ekori/anaku
  • Eniong
  • Eki
  • Obomitiat
  • Mbiabo
  • Odot
  • Odukpani Central
  • Onim
  • Ankiong
  • Ikoneto
  • Idere
  • Ukwa Ibom
  • Inuakpa Okoyong

16. Ogoja Local Government Area

It is located in Ogoja town with about 6 districts which are:
  • Ekajuk
  • Mbube East
  • Mbube West
  • Nkum Iborr
  • Nkum Irede
  • Ogoja Urban

17. Yakurr Local Government Area

It is located in Cross River state with Its headquarters in the town of Ugep consisting of about 13 districts which include:
  • Abanakpai
  • Afrekpe
  • Ajere
  • Assiga
  • Biko Biko
  • Idomi
  • Ijiman
  • Ijom
  • Ikpakapit
  • Inyima
  • Mkpani
  • Nkpolo
  • Ntan

18. Yala Local Government Area

It has its headquarters in Okpoma town with about 15 villages which include:
  • Yahe
  • Ugaga
  • Ijegu
  • Oloko
  • Imaje
  • Oke
  • Echumoga
  • Woda
  • Ebo
  • Igede Edii Nation
  • Itekpa
  • Maa
  • Wonye
  • Uchu
  • Osina
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