The Richest Local Government In Ebonyi State
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In this post, we are going to bring to you the top 5 richest local governments in Ebonyi State and also discuss what makes them the richest. But before we do that, let us first discuss some common things you need to know about Ebonyi state.
Ebonyi State, located in the South-East geopolitical zone of Nigeria, is one of the 6 states created in 1996 during the military regime of General Sani Abacha.
This state was created out of Enugu (Afikpo division) and Abia State (Abakaliki division), and it has three senatorial zones: Ebonyi North, Ebonyi Central, and Ebonyi South.
Ebonyi State is among the smallest states in Nigeria in terms of land mass. It has an estimated population of about 3 million making it the 29th most populated state in Nigeria.
This state shares a border with Four (4) states in Nigeria, namely:
- Benue State (to the North and Northeast)
- Enugu State (to the West)
- Cross River State (to the East and Southeast)
- Abia State (to the Southwest).
Ebonyi State, also known as the “Salt of the Nation” consists of thirteen (13) Local Government Areas including the state capital, Abakaliki.
The major source of income for Ebonyi is agriculture. The state can boast of the production of yams, oil palm, rice, cassava crops, etc. It’s also blessed with several mineral resources, these include lead, crude oil, natural gas, limestone, etc.
The Richest Local Government In Ebonyi State
Having known some common things about Ebonyi State, let us move to the topic of discussion which is “the top 5 richest local governments in Ebonyi 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 thirteen (13) local governments in Ebonyi 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 Ebonyi State.
Now let’s proceed!
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Top 5 Richest Local Government In Ebonyi State
Listed below are the top 5 richest local governments in Ebonyi State:
1. Abakaliki Local Government
Abakaliki Local Government, which is also the state capital city is the richest Local Government in Ebonyi State.
This local government is located 68 kilometers (40 miles) southeast of Enugu State. In 1967 before the creation of the Southeastern State, it was the headquarters of the Ogoja province.
Abakaliki Local Government was created on 1 October 1996, during Nigeria’s independence. The name Abakaliki is derived from a community in Izzi land (Nkaleke), which means ‘Aba Nkaleke’.
If you are looking for the best place for commercial activities in Ebonyi State, Abakaliki should not be excluded. The Local Government has an estimated population of about 1,179,280 as of 2021.
It’s known as the center of agricultural trade due to massive agricultural products found in the place, these include yams, rice, cassava, palm oil, etc.
The place houses a lot of companies and businesses. Ebonyi State University’s main campus is also located in the city.
2. Ikwo Local Government
Ikwo LGA is the second on our list of the richest local governments in Ebonyi State.
This local government, which is also the biggest in the state is located in the eastern part of the Ebonyi State. The headquarters is at Onu-Ebonyi Echara.
Just like Abakaliki, a lot of companies/ businesses are running in the Ikom LGA. It’s also the home to Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu, Ebonyi State College of Education Ikwo, and other notable institutions.
3. Afikpo Local Government
Afikpo LGA can not be left out of the top 5 richest local governments in Ebonyi State.
This Local Government, which is also the center of ancient Igbo tradition has an estimated population of 881,611 as of 2021.
The back born of the Afikpo local government economy is Agriculture. They grow banana, cassava, oil palm, yam, maize, plantain, vegetables, and fruits.
The local government is also home to Mater Misericordia Hospital School of Nursing and Midwifery, and Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana.
4. Ezza South or Onueke Local Government
The central unification town for the Ezza nation as well as the headquarters of Ebonyi Central senatorial zone, Ezza South, also merits the list of the top 5 richest local governments in Ebonyi State.
This LGA was created on 1st, October 1996 along with other local governments in Ebonyi State during the military administration of General Sani Abacha.
Just like other local governments mentioned above, the main source of income for Ezza South is agriculture. They grow rice, yams, cassava, and cocoyams, among others.
5. Ohaukwu Local Government
The last on this list is Ohaukwu Local Government.
This local government is located in Ezzamgba town. It’s no doubt one of the richest in Ebonyi State due to its notable mineral resources and agricultural products.
It is blessed with large salt deposits and there are several mining activities in the place. Also, the primary agricultural products are yams, rice, cassava, maize, etc.
Summary of the top 5 richest Local Governments in Ebonyi State
Below is the summary of the 5 richest Local Governments in Ebonyi State:
- Abakaliki Local Government
- Ikwo Local Government
- Afikpo Local Government
- Ezza South or Onueke Local Government
- Ohaukwu Local Government
Frequently asked questions
Which Local Government Area is the richest in Ebonyi State?
The richest local government in Ebonyi State is Abakaliki, followed by Ikwo and Afikpo respectively.
How many LGA does Ebonyi have?
There are thirteen local governments in Ebonyi State, these are:
- Afikpo North
- Afikpo South (Edda)
- Ezza North
- Ezza South
What is the full meaning of Ebonyi?
Ebonyi means deep black wood.
What is Ebonyi State known for?
Ebonyi State is known for its agricultural production. It’s among the top producer of several crops in Nigeria. These include yams, rice, potatoes, maize, beans, oil palm, and cassava.
So far those are the richest Local Governments in Ebonyi State, and everything you have to know about the state.
We will keep on updating this page for further changes. Thanks for your time.