Akpabuyo Local Government Area
Akpabuyo Local Government Area became autonomous on Tuesday 27th
August 1991, following its creation from the former
Odukpani Local Government Area. It became the 14th and
589th Local Government Area in Cross River State and
Akpabuyo has a population of 360,000 people and is located in the Southern Senatorial District with headquarters at Ikot Nakanda.
It consists of 10 (ten) Council Wards, namely:
- Atimbo East
- Atimbo West
- Ikot Edem Odo
- Ikot Nakanda
- Ikot Eyo
- Ikang North
- Ikang South
- Ikang Central
The major ethnic groups are the Efiks, Quas and Efuts. The major
languages spoken are Efik and English, while all the
major ethnic groups share a common cultural and ancestral
heritage. The people of Akpabuyo Local Government Area
are predominantly farmers and fishermen. Akpabuyo is
a major producer of of cassava, cocoyam, kola nut, coconut,
palm produce as well as sea foods. The land is rich
in mineral deposits such as petroleum deposits, gold,
limestone, sand and slat deposits to mention a few.
All these are available in commercial quantities for
Akpabuyo Local Government Area lies between latitude 4° 5' and 5° 40' and longitude 8° 25' and 8° 32 East. It lies within the vegetation belt of southern Nigeria
and shares the Atlantic coastline with Bakassi to the East and the Republic of Cameroon to the West.
Akpabuyo Local Government Area which measures approximately 28.5
square kilometres is predominantly an agricultural area,
and it is known as the Food Basket of Cross River State.
Thus, the agricultural policy of the Local Government
Council is to boost goods and crop production, as well
as encourage foreign investors to establish allied industries
to supplement the exiting ones. Akpabuyo Local Government
is very rich in forest resources, which comprise several
species of wood, which can support large-scale furniture
and building ventures for both domestic consumption
The Barrister Prince Eyo Okon Eyo-led administration assumed office in June 1999 with an unenviable burden of putting into reality the campaign promises of making Akpabuyo
a paradigm of rural development in Cross River State. This fact it has achieved through the prudent use of its scarce resources to provide development projects, which has in turn ameliorated the living condition of the Akpabuyo people.
On the provision of electricity suffice it to say that,
all past administrations in Akpabuyo had tried to no
avail to provide electricity to the Local Government
Area. The chequered history suffered by past administrations
not deters Prince Eyo in his dogged determination to
turn Akpabuyo to an urban setting. Hence the completion
and subsequent commissioning of His Excellency, Mr.
Donald Duke, Governor of Cross River State on the 18th
of April, 2000. with the second phase which includes
Ikang, Nsidung and Esighi Electrification Projects.
This administration has also subsidized the cost of
NEPA services in Akpabuyo Local Government Area up to
fifty percent of the total cost on behalf of the people.
In the bid to bring justice to the grassroots and alleviate
the logistic problems faced by the common people of
Akpabuyo, while travelling to Calabar, the State capital,
the present administration renovated the former Council
of Chiefs' Chamber, the Akpabuyo High Court, Ikot Nakanda,
which was commissioned by His Excellency, Mr. Donald
Duke, Governor of Cross River State with several judges
already posted. This has brought the institution of
justice to the Local Government Area.
In line with Efik tradition and the importance attached
to their monarchs and the royal heritage of Prince Eyo,
a befitting edifice was constructed and subsequently
commissioned on the 18th of April, 2000, along side
other Council projects, in order to accord our Royal
Fathers, the custodians of our great culture, the respect
and dignity they deserve. In line with this, the present
administration formally inaugurated the Akpabuyo Traditional
Rulers Committee with Etinyin J. L. E. Duke, emerging
its first Chairman.
The Akpabuyo Investment Company Limited (AICO) was established and incorporated to break the monopoly of the existing capital market, diversify from over dependence on the Federal Allocation, create investment, generate additional
revenue and also provide employment opportunities for Cross Riverians.
The Akpabuyo Investment Company (AICO)
is a holdings company, with the following subsidiaries:
Farms and Estate Development, Transport Services, Finance
Investment and Business Development, Energy and allied
matters. Hence, the establishment of the Petrol Station
to be commissioned later this year.
Services provided by the company include provision of
short-term loans, local purchase orders (LPOs) financing
with minimum interest. Management of Akpabuyo Transport
Service (ATS) which has four (4) bran new Peugeot Boxer
buses in its fleet. This is to ameliorate the suffering
of our people. To enhance the operation of the company,
a befitting office, christened "The Investment House"
was constructed and commissioned on the 18th April,
2000. It will be the fulcrum on which the economic activities
of the Council shall resolve. The company has well over
sixty (60) staff in its employ comprising of indigenes
and non-indigenes of Akpabuyo. The Akpabuyo Investment
Company Limited (AICO) is situated at Ikot Nakanda,
the Council Headquarters.
One hundred and eighty kilometres of road across the Local Government Area have been bulldozed and graded, namely Nsidung/Esighi Road, Ekpri Ikang/Akwa Obutong Road, Ikot edem Odo/Esuk Mbat Road, Ikot Effiom/Ifiang Nsung Road. More roads will be graded
and bulldozed in due course.
Even though Akpabuyo is an island, good drinking water
has been a problem in the past. During the tenure of
the present administration, the Federal Ministry of
Water Resources in conjunction with the Cross River
State Basin Development Authority, have commissioned
the Esighi, Idebe and Ikang Water Schemes. These projects
were commissioned by the Honourable Minister of Water
Resources and the Minister of State respectively. The
Cross River State Government has also sunk boreholes
in various communities, thereby bringing potable drinking
water to the people of Akpabuyo, who were in dire need
In line with the Cross River State Government's Poverty
Alleviation Programme, the cultivation of pineapple
was introduced all over the state. Akpabuyo was not
left out with a pilot pineapple farm at Ikot Effio-Enang
which has 5.5 hectares. The Prince Eyo Okon Eyo-led
administration in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of
Cross River State has also established and recruited
over a hundred unemployed sons and daughters of Akpabuyo
into the Akpabuyo Intervention Squad (AIS). This is
a security outfit, which provides both residential and
industrial security; the pineapple farms and the Intervention
Squad have provided job opportunities for thousands
of unemployed youths in the area. Hence the administration's
contribution to the Poverty Alleviation Programme.
Aware of the global importance attached to Information
Technology and the importance of a good information
network as the live wire of any organization, this administration
has procured modern information equipments which include
four (4) computers and accessories, close circuit monitor,
complete public address system, cinema unit, Intercom
System to ease administration and productivity of staff
as well as Mobile Radio System (Walkie-Talkies).
Another important area of Barrister Prince Eyo's achievement is the welfare of his staff. this administration inherited nothing from its predecessors. There was no single vehicle in the Council fleet. today Council has well over fifteen
vehicles in it's fleet, some are bran new, while others are refurbished. Council presently has a staff bus in it's fleet. This has gone a long way in ameliorating the untold hardship usually faced by staff.
Also of note is the furnishing of offices to enhance
performance of staff and the overall beautification
of the Council's Secretariat. The sanitary condition
met on assumption of office was appalling, but Prince
Eyo has repaired the existing borehole and all the conveniences
at the Council's Secretariat. A magnificent staff relaxation
centre is also in an advanced stage of construction.
When completed the building will house the Senior and
Junior Staff canteens, game Rooms, V. I. P. Lounge and
Bar. The Staff Quarters at Idebe Akpabuyo Local Government
Area has also been renovated.
In the education sector, Prince Eyo has renovate classroom blocks in primary schools in Akpabuyo. He has also given out contracts for new ones in some areas. His determination to ensure qualitative education at the
grassroots, accounts for his prompt launching of the Universal Basic Education (UBE) on the 27th of May, 2000.
The present administration has awarded several scholarships, the most recent being the award of scholarships to three (3) children of Police Officers in Akpabuyo. Also to our credit is the prompt payment of the bursary to indigenous
students in institutions of higher learning. A Vocational School has also been set up to train unskilled labour. This is a pet project of the wife of the Chairman, Mrs. Helen Okon Eyo.
The Health sector has also received a boost, through
the provision of hospital equipment to all the Health
Centres in Akpabuyo. Again, all the National Immunization
Days (NIDs) have been adequately carried out in the
Local Government Area. The office of the wife of the
Chairman has also donated prompt payment of staff health
claims a priority and has donated to the surgical operation
of an acid bath victim.
As a sports enthusiast, Prince Eyo has sponsored several sporting activities in Akpabuyo. Of note are the Chairman's Cup Competition, which is tagged "Prince Eyo Okon Eyo Cup." This is an annual soccer competition between all the ten (10)
council wards. the Council has ben sponsoring Akpabuyo contingent to the yearly Boat Regatta competition in Calabar and has religiously marked the Independence Day Celebration, Armed Forces remembrance Day Celebration and children's day Celebration.
The chronicle will be incomplete without
due mention of the cordial relationship that exists
between the Government and the people of Akpabuyo. In
April 2000, in recognition of the contribution of some
indigenes to the development and creation of Akpabuyo
Local Government Area, a Millennium Award ceremony was
organised. Periodical meetings also take place between
the Government and Traditional Rulers/chiefs, Staff,
teachers and a cross section of the Akpabuyo society.
Also of note is the new year party held for Traditional
Rulers, men of the Nigerian Police Force and staff.
The administration draws its strength
from the unalloyed support and absolute loyalty of the
great people of Akpabuyo. Akpabuyo Local Government
Area has gone through a very drastic transformation
from a purely rural community to an urban city, with
lots of investment and exploration opportunities for