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.
|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..
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