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Cross River State

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Map of Nigeria showing Cross River State

Quick Facts:

  • Population: 2,892,988 (2006 census figures) - 27th of 37
  • Percentage of Nigeria's total population: 2.06%
  • Population density: 134 people per square kilometre - 23rd of 37
  • Landmass: 21,636.6 square kilometres - 19th of 37
  • State capital: Calabar
  • Local Government Areas: 18
  • Current Governor: Prof. Ben Ayade 
Map of Cross River showing Local Government Areas
  • Abi
  • Akamkpa
  • Akpabuyo
  • Bakassi
  • Bekwarra
  • Biase
  • Boki
  • Calabar Municipal
  • Calabar South
  • Etung
  • Ikom
  • Obanliku
  • Obubra
  • Obudu
  • Odukpani
  • Ogoja
  • Yakurr
  • Yala
Prof. Ben Ayade,Governor of Cross River state, Nigeria

Governors and Administrators:

  • Paul Omu (Governor - Military): February 1976 - July 1978
  • Babatunde Elegbede (Governor - Military): July 1978 - October 1979
  • Clement Isong (Governor - Civilian (Unity Party of Nigeria)): October 1979 - December 1983
  • Donald Etiebet (Governor - Military): January 1984 - August 1985
  • Eben Ibim Princewill (Governor - Military): August 1986 - December 1989
  • Ernest Attah (Governor - Military): December 1989 - January 1992
  • Clement Ebri (Governor - Civilian (National Republican Convention)): January 1992 - November 1993
  • Ibrahim Kefas (Administrator - Military): December 1993 - September 1994
  • Gregory Agboneni (Administrator - Military): September 1994 - August 1996
  • Umar Farouk Ahmed (Administrator - Military): August 1996 - August 1998
  • Christopher Osondu (Administrator - Military): August 1998 - May 1999
  • Donald Duke (Governor - Civilian (People's Democratic Party)) May 1999 - May 2007
  • Liyel Imoke (Governor - Civilian (People's Democratic Party)): May 2007 - May 2015
  • Prof. Ben Ayade ( Governor - Civilian ( People's Democratic Party)) May 2015- Present