Cross River LGAs (Local Government Areas) by Senatorial Districts

Local Government Areas in Cross River State according to their Senatorial Districts are as follows:

NORTH SENATORIAL DISTICT

  • Bekwarra
  • Obanliku
  • Obudu
  • Ogoja
  • Yala

CENTRAL SENATORIAL DISTICT

  • Abi
  • Boki
  • Ikom
  • Etung
  • Obubra
  • Yakurr

SOUTH SENATORIAL DISTICT

  • Akamkpa
  • Biase
  • Calabar Municipality
  • Calabar South
  • Bakassi
  • Odukpani
  • Akpabuyo

Created: 27 May 1967
Cross River was initially created in 1967 as South-Eastern State

Name
In 1976 the state was renamed as Cross River, referring to the River Cross or the River Oyono. The river rises from the Cameroon Mountains and empties itself into the Atlantic Ocean.

Capital: Calabar

Boundaries
Cross River State is bounded to the East by the Republic of Cameroon, to the South by Akwa-lbom State and the Atlantic Ocean, to the West by Abia and Ebonyi States and to the North by Benue State.

Rank in land size and population
The State is the 19th largest state in Nigeria in terms of size and 28th in terms of population.

Major languages
Ejagham and Efik are the major spoken languages in Cross River State.

Efik language
The Efik language is widely spoken in Cross River State, and as far as Arochukwu in bordering Abia State.

Capital city
The capital is Calabar, one of Nigeria’s cleanest and safest cities. It also has a major seaport.

Local Government Areas
There are 18 Local Government Areas (Abi, Akamkpa, Akpabuyo, Bakassi, Bekwarra, Biase, Boki, Calabar Municipal, Calabar South, Etung, Ikom, Obanliku,
Obubra, Obudu, Odukpani, Ogoja, Yakurr, and Yala) in Cross River State that make up three senatorial districts.


Major cities
Cross River State major cities are Calabar, Ugep, Ikom, Obudu, and Ogoja.

Major road
Only one major (federal) road connects 10 local government areas from the popular Watt Market in Calabar. They are Calabar South, Calabar Municipal,
Odukpani, Akamkpa, Biase, Yakurr, Obubra, Ikom, Yala, and Ogoga. The road still goes on to Kastina-Ala in Benue State.

Forests in Boki Local Government Area
The rarest animals and plants in Cross River State can be found in forests located in Boki Local Government Area.

Species of butterflies in Akamkpa Local Government Area
One of the highest concentration of different species of butterflies in the world can be found in the Akamkpa Local Government Area of the State.

Sparsely settled state
With an average population density of about 65 persons per square kilometre, Cross River State is about the most sparsely settled state in Southern Nigeria.

Largest carnival in Africa
Cross River State boasts of being the venue for the largest carnival in Africa.

Various annual festivals are the Cross River State Carnival (26-29 December) in Calabar, the Yakurr Leboku Yam festival (28 August) in Ugep and the Calabar Boat
Regatta.

Tourism
Cross River State is the leading tourism state in Nigeria. Especially the capital, Calabar. Visitors from different parts of Nigeria come to the city in large numbers
all year round.

Tourist attractions are, the soaring plateaus of the mountain tops of Obanliku, the ObUdU Mountain Resort, the Rain forests and Mountain walkway canopy of Afi,
Waterfalls at Agbokim and Kwa, the monoliths at Ikom, Cross River National Park at Boki, and the Obubra Lake at Obubra.

Others are the Etanpim Cave in Odukpani, the Tinapa Business Resort, Calabar Marina Resort (which houses the Calabar Slave Museum, the Cinema, and a view of the Calabar River where one could take a boat ride around or to Oron in Akwa-lbom State), Calabar Residency Museum, and Mary Slessor Tomb.