Basic Things to Know About Abia State

This article is aimed at bringing to your knowledge and perusal some salient information you should know about Abia State.

Abia State is situated in southeastern Nigeria. The capital is Umuahia, but its commercial city is Aba, formerly a British colonial government outpost in the region.

Basic Things to Know About Abia State
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The state was created on August 27, 1991, from part of Imo State and its citizens are predominantly the Igbos. The state is Nicknamed God’s Own State i.e. Ọ̀hà Chineke in Igbo language.

The state occupies about 6,320 square kilometers and is bounded on the north and northeast by Anambra, Enugu, and Ebonyi. And to the west by Imo State, to the east and southeast, it is bounded by Cross River State and Akwa Ibom State respectively to the south is Rivers State.

The southern part of the State is bordered by the riverine part of Nigeria, it is a low-lying tropical rainforest with some oil-palm brush, the southern portion gets heavy rainfall of about 2,400 millimeters (94 in) per year and is particularly intense between the months of April to October. The rest of the State is temperately high plain and wooded savanna.

The major rivers in Abia State are the Imo and Aba Rivers.  They flow into the Atlantic Ocean through Akwa Ibom State.

The current and ninth Governor of Abia state is Okezie Ikpeazu. He is a democratically-elected executive Governor from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and was sworn in on 11 April 2015.  He’s Deputized by Ude Oko Chukwu (PDP).

In 2006, Abia had a total population census of 2,845,380.

Demonym: The citizens of Abia state are called Abians.

Abia state has a total number of 17 Local Government Areas.

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Abia state has four Universities:

 Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike – Federal Government-owned

Abia State University, Uturu   – State-owned

Gregory University, Uturu       – Private owned

Rhema University, Aba             – Private owned

Abia state also owns a Polytechnic and that is Abia State Polytechnic, Aba.

The state has two tertiary hospitals:

The Federal Medical Center, Umuahia

Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Aba

Visitors can travel to Abia through:

a. Rail transport is a means of travel, it is effective while it is also in a process of revitalization presently.

The commercial city of the state, Aba is connected to Port Harcourt by rail.  The coastal parts of the State are accessible with boats and canoes.

b. Its closest Airport is the Sam Mbakwe Cargo Airport located in Owerri, Imo State, 1-hour drive, Port Harcourt International Airport, 2 hours drive, Akwa Ibom Airport, Akwa Ibom State, less than 1-hour drive.

Abia is a peaceful state in Nigeria.

There are two major power plants in Abia:

The Alaoji Power plant

The Geometric Power plant.

The major Religion of the Abians is Christianity

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Below are the 17 Local Government Areas in Abia state 

  1. Aba North
  2. Aba South
  3. Arochukwu
  4. Bende
  5. Ikwuano
  6. Isiala Ngwa North
  7. Isiala Ngwa South
  8. Isuikwuato
  9. Obi Ngwa
  10. Ohafia
  11. Osisioma Ngwa
  12. Ugwunagbo
  13. Ukwa East
  14. Ukwa West
  15. Umuahia North
  16. Umuahia South
  17. Umu Nneochi

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