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:

Name Title Took Office Left Office Party Notes
Frank Ajobena Military Administrator* August 28, 1991 January, 1992 None
Ogbonnaya Onu Executive Governor January, 1992 November, 1993 NRC
Chinyere Ike Nwosu Military Administrator* December 9, 1993 September 14, 1994 None
Temi Ejoor Military Administrator* September 14, 1994 August 22, 1996 None
Moses Fasanya Military Administrator* August 22, 1996 August, 1998 None
Anthony Obi Military Administrator* August, 1998 May 29, 1999 None
Orji Uzor Kalu Executive Governor May 29, 1999 May 29, 2007 PDP, PPA Elected on PDP platform, switched to Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA).
Theodore A. Orji Executive Governor May 29, 2007 May 29, 2015 PPA
Okezie Ikpeazu Executive Governor May 29, 2015 Incumbent PDP

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.

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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.


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.


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.


Title Ethnic Group Name Class LGAs Palace
Enyi (Eze) of Aba Igbo /Eziama Aba Eze Issac Ikonne 1 Aba North Osusu Aba
Ochiudo 1 of Aba Ukwu Igbo / Aba Jonathan U. oguejiofor (JP): Justice of Peace of Federal Republic of Nigeria, Abia State
Osimiri III of Aba Igbo / Aba Eze (Barrister) Sunday Emejiaka 1 Aba South Aba
Eze Aro Igbo /Arochukwu Mazi Ogbonnaya Vincent Okoro (Eze Aro III) 1 Arochukwu Oro Arochukwu
Ike 1 of Ikeisu Igbo / Isu Augustine O. Igwe (Ike I)  ? Arochukwu Ikeisu (Utugiyi)
Ezeala III of Aro Ngwa Igbo / Aro Ngwa Eze Edward Enwereji  ? Osisioma Ngwa
Ugo Oha (Eze) of Etiti Mgboko Umuanunu Igbo / Etiti Ngozi Ibekwe 1 Obi ngwa
Eze Ukwu 1 of Ngwa-Ukwu Igbo / Ngwa Benard Enweremadu 1 Isiala Ngwa Ngwa Ukwu Kingdom. The ancestral home of Ngwa Land.
Nya 1 of Nunya Igbo / Oguduasaa M.E. Ihevume  ? Isuikwuato Nunya Autonomous Community
Ossah-Ibeku (Eze) of Umuahia Igbo / ? Hope Onuigbo X X Umuahia Amibo, Nsukwe
Eze of Uturu Igbo / Uturu A.E. Ude  ? Isuikwuato Uturu
Igbojiakuru (Eze) of Alayi Igbo / Alayi Ukeje Philip  ? Bende Ndi Elendu, Amaeke Alayi
Awu (Eze)of Isuamawu Igbo /Isuikwuato Surveyor Chris E Aboh,FNIS  ? Isuikwuato Eluama Isuama
Enachioken Of Abiriba Igbo /Abiriba Kalu Kalu Ogbu  ? Ohafia LGA Abiriba
Ohanyere I Of Ohiya Igbo /Umuahia Eze Abel E. Uhuegbue  ? Umuahia South LGA Abia
Eze Ohanyere I Of Ahiaba Ubi Igbo / Isiala Ngwa Eze D.O. Ogbuisi  ? Isiala Ngwa North LGA Abia
EZE TOWE 1 of umutowe. Igbo /Ohiya Eze G. C Onwuka  ? Umuahia South LGA Abia
Ome Udo II Of Umueze, Ohiya Igbo /Ohiya Uche Nwamarah  ? Umuahia South LGA Abia
Okaa Omee I of Amaikwu, Abia Igbo /Ohiya Uche Nwamarah  ? Umuahia South LGA Abia
“Ehi II” of Ehi na Uguru Auto. Comm, Umuguru Igbo /Umuguru Eze E. E. Eluwa 1 Isiala Ngwa South LGA Abia

Abia State consists of seventeen (17) Local Government Areas, which are..

Aba North
Aba South
Isiala Ngwa North
Isiala Ngwa South
Obi Ngwa
Osisioma Ngwa
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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