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Cross River State

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Cross River State's rich and diverse vegetation includes mangrove and salt water swamps as well as dense tropical rainforest. Vast forest reserves contain valuable trees such as mahogany, abura, opepe and walnut. A large percentage of the nation's industrial wood supply for export and domestic market comes from the state. About 80 percent of the state's workers are engaged in agriculture. Yams, corn, cassava and rice are some of the major food crops grown, while cocoa, palm kernels, palm oil, timber and rubber are exported. Fishing in inland waterways as well as deep-sea fishing and shrimping along the coast are significant commercial activities. The main minerals in Cross River State are limestone, oil and gas, clay, barite, quartzite, kaoline and salt. The major industries in Cross River State produce asbestos roofing sheets and pipes, cement, flour and palm oil.

Cross River State is home to one federal university (University of Calabar); one state university (Cross River State University of Science and Technology, Calabar); a state polytechnic (Cross River State Polytechnic, Calabar); a college of education (Cross River College of Education, Akamkpa); the Ibrahim Babangida College of Agriculture in Obubra; and a number of technical colleges. The Hope Waddell Training Institution (one of the oldest in Nigeria), was founded in Calabar in 1895 by Scottish Presbyterian missionaries.


Calabar, the capital of Cross River State, was Nigeria's first capital? It served as the seat of government of the Niger Coast Protectorate, Southern Protectorate and Oil River Protectorate during the early colonial period.

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