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Obubra Local Government Area

Obubra Local Government Area is in the central Senatorial District of Cross River State. It has a population of about 200,000 people and has its headquarter at Obubra.

There are eleven wards in the local government area viz.

  1. ORONUM
  2. ABABENE
  3. APIAPUM
  4. IYAMOYONG
  5. OBUBRA
  6. OCHON
  7. OFAT
  8. OFODUA
  9. OFUNBONGHA/YALA
  10. OSOPONG I
  11. OSOPONG II

Obubra Local Government Area is one of the oldest Local Government Areas in the country. Established as a British Colonial District, its jurisdiction extended to parts of present day Base and Akamkpa as well as Abi, Yakurr and parts of Ogoja and Ikom in cross River State. But today, it consists of a mono-cultural group of people of Mbembe descent. The major units of this member speaking people include Aduni Ofumbongha, Okum and Osopong. Other splinter groups of large nationalities that also co-exist with their Mbembe neighbours include Yala (Nkum Okpambe), Ekuri, Isobo and Izzi speaking people. Analytically, speaking, Obubra, somehow, shares the national characteristics of being a multi-ethnic or plural society.

The life of the people is largely determined by the prevailing environmental condition in which they have found themselves. Thus, as a basically agrarian society, he people are simple, unassuming and accommodating and live a life of relative contentment.

MAJOR MARKET DAYS
1.Obubra Urban/Ababene    Mondays
2.OnyedamaTuesdays
3.OchonWednesdays
4.IyamoyongThursdays
5.OhanaFridays
6.Apiapum/OfoduaSaturdays


TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

  1. Oyen Opon Cave
  2. Ohana Lake
  3. Sand beach at Obubra village, Igo, Onene, Ofunbongha, Oguruppon.
  4. Ofonagama Island (Ekwokwo)
  5. Ogurude Island
  6. Cross River Confluence
  7. Ogurude Pond at Efongha

INVESTMENT POTENTIALS
The Local Government is endowed with abundant natural resources including agricultural, forest and mineral resources. The rich topsoil is laced underneath with unfathomable and extensive beds of limestones, quartz, pyrite, salt, iron ore, day, lead, sand and gravel. The area is also blessed with a lot of unharnessed tourist attraction including fascinating flora and fauna.

Obubra Local Government Council led by Hon. Chief Alex S. Irek as Executive Chairman is one of the oldest local government areas in Nigeria. Before now, its jurisdiction extended to pasts of present day Biase and Akamkpa as well as Abi, Yakurr and parts of Ogoja and Ikom in Cross River State.

Analytically, Obubra somehow shares the national characteristics of being a multi-ethnic or plural society.

AGRICULTURE
Obubra Local Government lies within the rich fringes of the tropical rainforest zone of south Earthen Nigeria with abundant natural resources including agricultural, forest and mineral resources. Basically the area is agrarian.

The rich top soil is laced underneath with unfathomable and extensive beds of limestone, quartz, pyrite, salt, iron ore, clay lead, said and gravel. Traditionally, the people are predominantly farmers and yam is the king of crops. Cassava, plantain, and banana are other crops of commercial importance for them.

Traditionally, the people are predominantly farmers and yam is the king of crops. Cassava, plantain and banana are other crops of commercial importance for them.

Following the creation of new local governments in the state, Obubra was split into Obubra local government area with Obubra as headquarters, Yakurr with Ugep as headquarters at Itigidi. The Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (IBB) College of Agriculture sited at Ovonum has turned out hundreds of students since it was established by the Cross River State Government a few years ago.

DEVELOPMENT
The Hon. Alex Irek-led administration has undertaken and completed some projects.

These include among others the political bock building. In keeping with the administrationís resolve to open up rural communities in the local government area, several roads have been graded as a priority.

In addition, the council constructed and completed a commercial petrol filling station as part of efforts to boost internally generated revenue.

Recreational facilities have not been left out of Councilís projects following the renovation of the Recreation Club by Hon. Alex Irek administration.

ACHIEVEMENTS:
Committed to developing the entire local government area, Chief Irek has undertaken numerous projects in various areas including Education, Roads, Health Care Delivery and Agricultural Science sectors.

ROADS AND WORKS/TRANSPORT:

  1. Construction of bridges at Ovukwa, Edondon, Okpangbut and Nkun.
  2. Construction of drainages in thirty-five villages.
  3. Purchase of 8 buses for Mass Transit Scheme at the cost of N6.2m
  4. Purchase of Grader 130 at the cost of N9.5m
  5. Grading of rural roads in the L.G. A.
  6. Rural electrification of Ababene for about N3m
  7. Purchase of outboard engine boat at the cost of N600,000.00

EDUCATION, MARKETS AND HEALTH:

  1. Completion of Health Centre at Ogurude.
  2. Renovation of markets in Obubra
  3. Financial Assistance to Students of the local government origin in tertiary institutions to the tune of N900, 000.00
  4. Payment of SSCE registration Fees for all Students of Obubra indigene to the tune of N1.8m.
  5. Renovation of Primary and Secondary Schools at about N1.8m
  6. Recruitment of 250 Primary School Teachers.

GENERAL PROJECTS:

  1. Construction of Chairmanís quarters
  2. Completion of the Hotel complex
  3. Renovation and furnishing of Legislative and political building
  4. Purchase of Legislative arm bus.
  5. Purchase of Chairman, Vice Chairman and principal Officersí cars.