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Welcome to Trending Now! Do you want to know the richest local government in Cross River State? If yes then you are in the right place, continue reading!
We are going to bring to you the top 5 richest local governments in Cross River and also discuss what makes them the richest. But before we do that, let us, first of all, discuss some common things you need to know about Cross River state.
Cross River, (located in the South-South, Nigeria) was established on 27 May 1967 during the regime of General Yakubu Gowon.
The state name was changed to Cross River in 1976 during the state creation exercise by General Murtala Mohammed’s regime in South Eastern State.
Cross River State shares a border with about four (4) states in Nigeria:
- Benue State (to the North)
- Akwa Ibom (to the South)
- Abia (to the West) and
- Ebonyi (to the West)
It also shares an international boundary with Cameroon in the Sud Ouest Province to the East and the Atlantic Ocean to the South.
This state, also known as Nigeria’s tourist capital is made up of 18 Local Government areas. Its capital is Calabar.
The Richest Local Government In Cross River State
Having known some common things about Cross River State, let us move to the topic of discussion which is “the top 5 richest local governments in Cross River state”.
What is a local government?
Just like we explain in our previous post, a local government is the lowest tier of public administration within a particular sovereign state. It’s a form of government whose remit covers an area less than that of the national land and, in some cases, less than that of a state.
As I previously stated, there are 18 local governments in Cross River State. Which among do you think are the richest?
Before you decide, It’s good to know that there are many parameters to consider in other to ascertain the credible result of the richest local governments.
What are the parameters?
The State and local government generates revenues from three primary sources, this includes:
- Property taxes &
However, property taxes are the largest source of revenue for local governments.
Local government also generate revenue from other sources like licenses and permits, Special levies, Grants from the federal and state government in Nigeria, Statutory allocation, Share from Value Added Tax (VAT), Court fines, etc.
In this post we consider all the parameters in other to bring to you an accurate list of the richest local government in Cross River State.
Now let’s proceed!
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Top 5 Richest Local Governments in Cross River State
Below are the top 5 richest local government in Cross River State:
1. Calabar Municipal Local Government
Calabar Municipal is the first on our list of the richest Local Governments in Cross River.
This Local Government, located in the city of Calabar (the capital of Cross River) is blessed with a lot of development.
If you are looking for the best place for commercial activities in Cross River, Calabar Municipal should not be excluded.
It houses about 5 major markets in the state, these are Calabar Tinapa, Ikot Ishie Market, Marian Market, Timber Market Akia Efa, and Ikot Eno Obong Market.
It also houses some of the major educational institutions in the state like the University of Calabar, Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH), and National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
2. Obudu Local Government
If I must confess, my best Local Government in Cross River is Obudu!
This Local Government (created in the year 1976) is popularly known for its tourist center called Obudu Cattle Ranch, which normally hosts an annual mountain running competition called the Obudu Ranch International Mountain Race.
Obudu Local Government is blessed with a lot of natural resources. The place also houses a lot of establishments, making it among the richest Local Governments in Cross River State.
3. Ikom Local Government
Ikom Local Government is the third on the list!
I don’t need to tell you much about the Local Government because it is very popular in the State.
The major source of income for Ikom Local Government is agriculture. They are the major producer of bananas and Plantain for the Nigerian market.
Aside from banana and plantain, the place is blessed with soil that accommodates the growth of several crops, these include cocoa, Yam, Maize, and coco-yam.
Mineral resources are also found in the LGA, these are salt brine deposits (in Akparabong), and Baryte (in Ekukunela).
4. Ogoja Local Government
Ogoja can not be left out of the top 5 richest Local Governments in Cross River State.
This LG is among the oldest province, even before Nigeria got Independent. It is located in the Northern Senatorial District of Cross River State, and the headquarter is Ogoja town.
Just like other Local Governments mentioned above, Ogoja is no doubt among the best places for commercial activities in Cross River, and there are a good number of companies/ businesses running in the place.
5. Bekwarra Local Government
The last on the list of the top 5 richest Local Governments in Cross River is Bekwarra Local Government.
The LGA is located in the Northern Senatorial District of Cross River State. Its headquarters is Abuochiche (or Abuo Chiche).
Just like Ikom LGA, the major source of income for Bekwarra LGA is Agriculture. The people of Bekwarra specialized in farming, hunting, trading, and tapping of palm wine.
They are also known for the production of groundnut, maize, rice, cassava, yam, pineapple, plantain, and banana.
Summary of the top 5 richest Local Governments in Cross River State
Here is the summary of the 5 richest Local Governments in Cross River State:
- Calabar Municipal Local Government
- Obudu Local Government
- Ogoja Local Government
- Ikom Local Government
- Bekwarra Local Government
Frequently asked questions:
Which local government is the richest local government in Cross River State?
The richest Local Government in Cross River State is Calabar Municipal, followed by Obudu and Ogoja respectively.
Which is the oldest local government in Cross River State?
The oldest Local Government in Cross River State is Obubra Local Government Area.
How many languages do we have in Cross River State?
There are several ethnic groups or languages in Cross River State, however, the major ones are French, Efik, Bekwarra, and Ejagham.
How many local government are in Cross Rivers?
There are 18 Local Governments in Cross River State, Namely:
- Abi LGA
- Akamkpa LGA
- Akpabuyo LGA
- Bekwarra LGA
- Bakassi LGA
- Biase LGA
- Boki LGA
- Calabar Municipal LGA
- Calabar South LGA
- Etung LGA
- Ikom LGA
- Obanliku LGA
- Obubra LGA
- Obudu LGA
- Odukpani LGA
- Ogoja LGA
- Yakuur LGA
- Yala LGA
So far those are the richest Local Governments in Calabar State, and everything you have to know about the state.
We will keep on updating this page for further changes. Thanks for your time.
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