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Abia State at 25: Key points You Should Know about Abia State


Hooray!! Abia State, a state in the South Eastern part of Nigeria is now 25 years since it's creation out of Imo State on 27th August 1991.


Abia State Tower
Abia State, which occupies about 5,834 square kilometres, is bounded on the north and northeast by the states of Anambra, Enugu, and Ebonyi. To the west of Abia is Imo State, to the east and southeast are Cross River State and Akwa Ibom State, and to the south is Rivers State. The southern part of the State lies within the riverine part of Nigeria. It is low-lying tropical rain forest with some oil-palm brush.

The southern portion gets heavy rainfall of about 2,400 millimetres (94 in) per year especially intense between the months of April through October. The rest of the State is moderately high plain and wooded savanna. The most important rivers in Abia State are the Imo and Aba Rivers which flow into the Atlantic Ocean through Akwa Ibom State. Wikipedia

Ever since creation of Abia State it has been ruled by six military administrators and two democratic plus present administration of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.

Below are the list:

NameTitleTook OfficeLeft OfficePartyNotes
Frank AjobenaMilitary Administrator*August 28, 1991January, 1992None
Ogbonnaya OnuExecutive GovernorJanuary, 1992November, 1993NRC
Chinyere Ike NwosuMilitary Administrator*December 9, 1993September 14, 1994None
Temi EjoorMilitary Administrator*September 14, 1994August 22, 1996None
Moses FasanyaMilitary Administrator*August 22, 1996August, 1998None
Anthony ObiMilitary Administrator*August, 1998May 29, 1999None
Orji Uzor KaluExecutive GovernorMay 29, 1999May 29, 2007PDP, PPAElected on PDP platform, switched to Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA).
Theodore A. OrjiExecutive GovernorMay 29, 2007May 29, 2015PPA
Okezie IkpeazuExecutive GovernorMay 29, 2015IncumbentPDP


Abia State is blessed with crude oil , as it contributes over 39% of the State's GDP.

There are over 100 oil wells and 3 installed flow stations in Abia State. There is also an associated gas plant, Abia/NNPC gas plant.

As of 2012, boundary Commission said it returned 42 oil wells from neighbouring Rivers State to Abia. This would have meant Abia being fourth largest oil producing state in the country.

Oil giant, Shell, holds most of the licenses for the wells in the State and has concentrated on the estimated 50 wells that are considered high-yield.

The State produced 36,000 barrels of crude oil per day; "Imoturu produces 23,000 barrels per day and Isimili flow station produces over 8,000 barrels of crude oil per day. Then four oil wells in Izaku go to Obigo flow station. About 30 oil wells from my village go to Umuri and about eight oil wells from Umurie go to Afam", lamented Samuel Okezie Nwogu, Chairman of Abia State Oil Producing Development Area Commission (ASOPADEC).

However, the State has complained of poor funding from its oil revenue federal allocation. Our people are really suffering, and there are lots of projects we can still execute to alleviate their sufferings.

UNIVERSITIES.

There are four universities in the state: the federal-owned Michael Okpara University of Agriculture at Umudike, the state-owned Abia State University in Uturu, the Gregory University Uturu (privately owned) and Rhema University in Aba also (privately owned).

There are two tertiary hospitals, the Federal Medical Center in Umuahia and the Abia State University Teaching Hospital in Aba, which serve as referral hospitals in the State. The Abia State Polytechnic is also in the city of Aba.

There are two major power plants in Abia, The Alaoji Power plant and the Geometric Power plant. Abia is one of the most peaceful states in Nigeria and has been a "haven" for foreign investors. The state's population has grown rapidly since its creation.

HISTORY.

Abia State was carved out of the former Imo State in 1991. The name "Abia" is an abbreviation of four of the state's densely populated regions Aba, Bende, Isuikwuato, and Afikpo.

It is one of the thirty-six (36) States with seventeen (17) Local government areas (LGAs) that constitute the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Abia people are of the Igbo ethnic group who are one of the indigenous peoples of Southeastern part of Nigeria. Their traditional language is Igbo as its citizens are predominantly Igbo people (95% of population).

English is widely spoken and serves as the official language in governance and business. Abia's over 2.4 million people are mainly Christians.

TRADITIONAL RULERS.

TitleEthnic GroupNameClassLGAsPalace
Enyi (Eze) of AbaIgbo /Eziama AbaEze Issac Ikonne1Aba NorthOsusu Aba
Ochiudo 1 of Aba UkwuIgbo / AbaJonathan U. oguejiofor (JP): Justice of Peace of Federal Republic of Nigeria, Abia State
Osimiri III of AbaIgbo / AbaEze (Barrister) Sunday Emejiaka1Aba SouthAba
Eze AroIgbo /ArochukwuMazi Ogbonnaya Vincent Okoro (Eze Aro III)1ArochukwuOro Arochukwu
Ike 1 of IkeisuIgbo / IsuAugustine O. Igwe (Ike I) ?ArochukwuIkeisu (Utugiyi)
Ezeala III of Aro NgwaIgbo / Aro NgwaEze Edward Enwereji ?Osisioma Ngwa
Ugo Oha (Eze) of Etiti Mgboko UmuanunuIgbo / EtitiNgozi Ibekwe1Obi ngwa
Eze Ukwu 1 of Ngwa-UkwuIgbo / NgwaBenard Enweremadu1Isiala NgwaNgwa Ukwu Kingdom. The ancestral home of Ngwa Land.
Nya 1 of NunyaIgbo / OguduasaaM.E. Ihevume ?IsuikwuatoNunya Autonomous Community
Ossah-Ibeku (Eze) of UmuahiaIgbo / ?Hope OnuigboXXUmuahia Amibo, Nsukwe
Eze of UturuIgbo / UturuA.E. Ude ?IsuikwuatoUturu
Igbojiakuru (Eze) of AlayiIgbo / AlayiUkeje Philip ?BendeNdi Elendu, Amaeke Alayi
Awu (Eze)of IsuamawuIgbo /IsuikwuatoSurveyor Chris E Aboh,FNIS ?IsuikwuatoEluama Isuama
Enachioken Of AbiribaIgbo /AbiribaKalu Kalu Ogbu ?Ohafia LGAAbiriba
Ohanyere I Of OhiyaIgbo /UmuahiaEze Abel E. Uhuegbue ?Umuahia South LGAAbia
Eze Ohanyere I Of Ahiaba UbiIgbo / Isiala NgwaEze D.O. Ogbuisi ?Isiala Ngwa North LGAAbia
EZE TOWE 1 of umutowe.Igbo /OhiyaEze G. C Onwuka ?Umuahia South LGAAbia
Ome Udo II Of Umueze, OhiyaIgbo /OhiyaUche Nwamarah ?Umuahia South LGAAbia
Okaa Omee I of Amaikwu, AbiaIgbo /OhiyaUche Nwamarah ?Umuahia South LGAAbia
"Ehi II" of Ehi na Uguru Auto. Comm, UmuguruIgbo /UmuguruEze E. E. Eluwa1Isiala Ngwa South LGAAbia
Abia State consists of seventeen (17) Local Government Areas, which are..
Aba North
Aba South
Arochukwu
Bende
Ikwuano
Isiala Ngwa North
Isiala Ngwa South
Isuikwuato
Obi Ngwa
Ohafia
Osisioma Ngwa
Ugwunagbo
Ukwa East
Ukwa West
Umuahia North
Umuahia South
Umu Nneochi

Abia is indeed great and no wonder it's called God's Own State (''Obodo Chineke'' in Igbo dialect)

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