In this post today, I’m going to show you the top Richest Local Governments In Cross River State. If you are planning a real estate investment in the state, this article will help you narrow your plans for fast-developing LGA to invest in the state.
Cross River, known as Nigeria’s tourist capital, was established on 1967 May 27th and named after the River. Cross River is bordered to the north by Benue State, to the southwest by Akwa Ibom State, to the west by Ebonyi State and Abia State, and towards the east, it forms part of the national border with Cameroon.
Cross River state has a very large land size and a fertilized one for farming and cultivation of crops. However, some local governments are really underdeveloped but with your investment in the state
Top 10 Richest Local Government In Cross River State
Below are the top ten richest local governments in Cross River that have made this state stand out.
1. Calabar Municipal LG
The Calabar Municipal is the capital and the richest local government area in Cross River and Nigeria at large. Beautiful places and eye-catching sites surround it. The Calabar Municipal is known to be the neatest city in the nation and got international recognition too.
The Calabar municipal is the hub of commercial activities in the state. It contains the major markets in the state that supports most commercial activities in the state.
What is Calabar Municipal Known For?
- Marian Market,
- Ikot Ishie Market
- Timber Market Akia Efa,
- Ikot Eno Obong Market
- Calabar Tinapa (business and leisure resort)
2. Obudu Local Government
Obudu is the second richest local government area in Cross River State. The town of Obudu is located downstream from the Obudu Dam, which causes acute scarcity of drinking water during the dry season. Obudu is 6 hour’s drive from Calabar, the state’s capital, and it is situated approximately 17 kilometers away from Bebi Airport.
What is Obudu Known For?
- Obudu is famously known for its tourist center, “Obudu Cattle Ranch,” which yearly hosts a mountain running competition called the “Obudu Ranch International Mountain Race.”
3. Ogoja Local Government
Ogoja is the third richest local government in Cross River State. Ogoja is a historical town consisting of many tribal units, such as Ishibori, Mbube, Nkum, and Ekajuk together traditionally celebrated as Bakor in their new yam festival. Igoli Ogoja is the local government secretariat and the central town.
The major tribal group in Ogoja is the Mbube. The Mbube occupies several villages including Egbe, Oboso, Odajie Ekumtak, Idum, Ojerim, Ogberia Ogang & Ogberia Ochoro, Benkpe, Adagum, Edide, Bansan, Aragban, and so on.
What is Ogoja Known For?
- Ogoja is majorly known for its subsistence cultivation of yams, cassava, cocoyam, palm oil, palm wine, etc.
- The LG is also known for its peaceful nature and cultural practices
- Its major city that is attracting other statesmen’s investment in real estate is Ogoja town, Agiga new layouts, etc.
4. Ikom Local Government
Ikom is one of the richest local governments in Cross River known for its cultivation of cash crops. It is known for the Ikom monoliths artifacts that bear nsibidi, “an ancient writing.” The people of Ikom are the major producer of bananas and Plantain for the Nigerian market.
5. Bekwarra Local Government
Bekwarra is one of the richest local governments located in the northern Cross River State. It is headquartered in Abuochiche (or Abuo Chiche). It contains other smaller towns such as: Nyanya-Ulim, ijibor, Beten, Ugboro, Nyanya-Idigwe, Ibiragidi, Utukwe, Gakem, Itekpa, Abuagbor-Iye, Ugboro, Afrike and Ukpah, Anyikang, Ebegang, Utukpuru, Ebewo, and others.
What is Bekwarra Known For?
- Bekwarra is known for farming, hunting, trading, and tapping palm wine.
- It is famous for the production of groundnut in mass quantities
- Also, habitats are in the cultivation of plantain, banana, pineapple, yam, rice, and cassava.
6. Bakassi Local Government
Bakassi is regarded as a peninsula on the Gulf of Guinea. It is located at the Cross River estuary, near the city of Calabar in the east of the Rio del Ray estuary and to the west by the Bight of Biafra. It was formerly governed by Cameroon and later transferred to Nigeria due to a judgment by the International Court of Justice.
What is Bakassi Known For?
- Bakassi is now for its peninsula and oil deposits.
7. Biase Local Government
Biase is one of the richest local government areas of Cross River headquartered in Akpet Central.
What is Biase Known For?
- The people of Biase are known for their handwork, especially in farming, as they are blessed with abundant fertile land suitable for the cultivation of both cash and food crops.
8. Boki Local Government
Boki is one of the richest local governments in Cross River, with a contiguous border with the Republic of Cameroon. Boki is known internationally as a commercial center for agricultural commodities such as coffee, cocoa, palm products, and timber.
9. Calabar South Local Government
Calabar South is a Local Government Area of Cross River State headquartered in Anantigha. What is Calabar South Known For? Calabar South is known for its rich fertile soil and farming activities.
10. Etung Local Government
Etung is a Local Government Area of Cross River State headquartered in Effraya. It is a rich historical town. What is Etung Known For? Etung is known for its rich cultural heritage and its colorful display of masquerades during festivals, especially the New Year Festival.
How Many Local Governments Are In Cross River?
There are Eighteen (18) local government areas in Cross River State. Cross River State is located in the southeastern region of Nigeria and is one of the 36 states in Nigeria with 18 L.G.As and Calabar Municipal being the state capital.
Which Is The Oldest Local Government In Cross River State?
Obubra Local Government Area is without a doubt the oldest Local Government Area in the Cross River State and also one of the oldest in Nigeria’s history.
It was established as a British Colonial District in 1914 and its jurisdiction extended to parts of present-day Biase and Akamkpa as well as Abi, Yakurr, and parts of Ogoja and Ikom in Cross River State.
What Language Does Obubra Speak?
Obubra being one of the biggest local government areas in Cross River states speaks some of the most languages. Here are some of the common languages that the people of Obubra speak: Agoi, Hohumono, Legbo, Lenyima, Leyigha, Lokaa, Mbembe, Nkukoli, Yala, Ikwo-Igbo.
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