State nickname: Food Basket of the Nation
|Gabriel Suswam (PDP)|
|Date Created||3 February 1976|
Benue is a state in the mideast region of Nigeria with a population of about 2.8 million in 1991. Tiv, Idoma, and Igede are spoken predominantly. There are other ethnic groups, including Etulo and Abakwa. With its capital at Makurdi, Benue is a rich agricultural region; some of the crops grown there are potatoes, cassava, soya bean, guinea corn, flax, yams and beniseed.
Benue State is named after the Benue River and was formed from the former Benue-Plateau State in 1976, along with Igala and some part of Kwara State. In 1991 some areas of Benue state (mostly igala area), along with areas in Kwara state, were carved out to become part of the new Kogi State. Traces of Igbo people and tribes are found in the boundary areas of Ebonyi state and Enugu state in local government areas like the Obi, Oju etc.
Benue state has three universities: Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State University [BSU], Makurdi and Mkar University, Gboko. It has two polytechnics: Benue State Polytechnic, Ugbokolo and Fidel Polytechnic, Gboko as well as the Akperan Orshi College of Agriculture. And there about four colleges of education which are Federal College of Education Agasha, College of Education Oju, College of Education Kastina Ala.
Local Government Areas
The 23 Local Government Areas of Benue State are:
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