1. THE NAME AKWA IBOM
Akwa Ibom is a state in Nigeria named after the Qua Iboe river. It is located in the coastal South-Southern part of the country, lying between latitudes 4°321 and 5°331 North, and longitudes 7°251 and 8°251 East. The State is bordered on the east by Cross River State, on the west by Rivers State and Abia State, and on the South by the Atlantic Ocean and the southernmost tip of Cross River State.
2. THE STATE
Akwa Ibom is one of Nigeria’s 36 states with a population of over 5 million people and more than 10 million people in diaspora. It was created in 1987 from the former Cross River State and is currently the highest oil and gas producing state in the country. The state’s capital is Uyo with over 500,000 inhabitants . Akwa Ibom has an airport (Akwa Ibom International Airport) and two major sea ports on the Atlantic Ocean with a proposed construction of a world class seaport Ibaka Seaport at Oron. Along with English, the main spoken languages are Ibibio, Annang, Eket, Igbo and Oron languages.
The people are predominantly of the Christian faith. The main ethnic groups of the state are:
3. MAJOR CITIES
Uyo is the capital city of Akwa Ibom State. Eket, Ikot Ekpene, Oron, Abak, Ikot Abasi, Ibeno and Etinan, Onna.
The current region of Akwa Ibom State in old Calabar Kingdom were the first to encounter Western education in Nigeria with the establishment of Hope Waddell Training Institute, Calabar in 1895, Methodist Boys High School, Oron in 1905 and other top flight schools such as the Holy Family College at Abak and Regina Coeli College, Essene. Currently various institutions for higher education have sprung up and spread across the state.
Some Educational Institutes in the state include:
University of Uyo
Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron
Akwa Ibom State University
Obong University, Obong Ntak Inyang
Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic
Uyo City Polytechnic
Herritage Polytechnic, Eket
School of Nursing; Uyo, Eket, Oron, Ikot Ekpene, Etinan
Akwa Ibom State College of Education, Afaha Nsit
School Of Basic Studies
College of Arts & Sciences, Nnung Ukim
5. List of Governors of Akwa Ibom State
This is a list of administrators and governors of Akwa Ibom State.
1. Tunde Ogbeha ; 28 September 1987 – 30 July 1988
2.Godwin Abbe ; 31 July 1988 -5 September 1990
3. Idongesit Nkanga ;1990 – January 1992
4.Akpan Isemin. ; 2 January 1992 – 18 November 1993
5. Yakubu Bako; 15 December 1993 – 21 August 1996 –
6. Joseph Adeusi ; 21 August 1996 – 9 August 1998
7. John Ebiye ; 9 August 1998 – 29 May 1999
8. Victor Attah ; 29 May 1999 – 29 May 2007
9. Godswill Akpabio ; 29 May 2007 Present
6. REVENUE ALLOCATION
Do you know that Akwa Ibom state is currently the richest state in Nigeria based on the Federal Government Allocations!
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