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|Nickname(s): Salt of the Nation
Igbo: Mbà ùmẹ́ ànị̀
Location of Ebonyi State in Nigeria
|Date created||1 October 1996|
| • Governor
|Martin Elechi (PDP)|
|• Total||5,533 km2 (2,136 sq mi)|
|Area rank||33rd of 36|
|• Estimate (2005)||1,739,136|
|• Rank||34 of 36|
|• Total||$2.73 billion|
|• Per capita||$1,232|
|Time zone||WAT (UTC+01)|
|ISO 3166 code||NG-EB|
Ebonyi State is a state of Nigeria, in the south of the Eastern region. It is inhabited and populated primarily by Igbo. Its capital and largest city is Abakaliki. It is one of the six states created in 1996 by the Abacha government. Ebonyi was created from parts of both Enugu State and Abia State.
There are nine primary languages spoken in Ebonyi State: Afikpo, Mgbo, Izzi, Ezaa, Ikwo, Kukele, Legbo, Mbembe, and Oring. These languages are all subgroups of the Igbo language and are commonly spoken throughout south eastern Nigeria.
Martin Elechi of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) was first elected as Governor in 2007 and successfully ran for reelection in 2011. His current deputy is Dave Umahi, former chairman of the PDP, while Timothy M. O. N. Odaah serves as Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development and the Rt. Hon. Chukwuma Nwazunku serves as Speaker of the House. Former members of Elechi's executive council include Chigozie N. Ogbu, Sam Egqu and Ikechukwu Nwankwo.
Ebonyi is primarily an agricultural region. It is a leading producer of rice, yam, potatoes, maize, beans, and cassava in Nigeria. Rice and yams are predominantly cultivated in Edda, a region within the state. Ebonyi has several solid mineral resources, including lead, crude oil, and natural gas, but few large-scale commercial mines. The state government has, however, given several incentives to investors in the agro-allied sector to encourage production. Ebonyi is called "the salt of the nation" for its huge salt deposit at the Okposi and Uburu Salt Lakes.
Local Government Areas
Ebonyi is divided into 13 LGAs:
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