Makurdi

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Makurdi
Motto(s): Food Basket of the Nation
Makurdi is located in Nigeria
Makurdi
Makurdi
Location in Nigeria
Coordinates: 7°43′50″N 8°32′10″E / 7.73056°N 8.53611°E / 7.73056; 8.53611Coordinates: 7°43′50″N 8°32′10″E / 7.73056°N 8.53611°E / 7.73056; 8.53611
CountryFlag of Nigeria.svg Nigeria
StateBenue State
Government
 • Local Government Chairman and the Head of the Local Government CouncilJuliana Audu
Population (2007)[1]
 • Total500,797
ClimateAw

Makurdi is the capital of the Benue state, Nigeria. The city is located in the Middle Belt along the Benue River and holds the base for the Nigerian Air Force's MiG 21 and SEPECAT Jaguar aircraft squadrons. In 2007, Makurdi had an estimated population of 500,797.[1]

Demographics[edit]

The major ethnic groups are the Tiv, Idoma, Igede and Etulo.

Education[edit]

Makurdi is the location of Benue State University and the University of Agriculture Makurdi.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Makurdi (1961–1990)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 38.5
(101.3)
39.0
(102.2)
39.5
(103.1)
39.0
(102.2)
37.0
(98.6)
34.0
(93.2)
33.0
(91.4)
32.0
(89.6)
33.0
(91.4)
34.0
(93.2)
35.0
(95)
36.0
(96.8)
39.5
(103.1)
Average high °C (°F) 34.8
(94.6)
36.9
(98.4)
37.0
(98.6)
35.0
(95)
32.6
(90.7)
31.2
(88.2)
30.0
(86)
30.0
(86)
30.7
(87.3)
31.7
(89.1)
33.5
(92.3)
34.2
(93.6)
33.1
(91.6)
Daily mean °C (°F) 26.4
(79.5)
28.5
(83.3)
30.0
(86)
29.2
(84.6)
27.6
(81.7)
26.4
(79.5)
25.9
(78.6)
25.8
(78.4)
26.0
(78.8)
26.4
(79.5)
26.8
(80.2)
25.2
(77.4)
27.1
(80.8)
Average low °C (°F) 18.4
(65.1)
22.0
(71.6)
24.7
(76.5)
25.0
(77)
23.6
(74.5)
22.9
(73.2)
22.5
(72.5)
22.6
(72.7)
22.3
(72.1)
22.5
(72.5)
20.3
(68.5)
17.6
(63.7)
22.0
(71.6)
Record low °C (°F) 10.0
(50)
12.0
(53.6)
15.5
(59.9)
20.0
(68)
18.0
(64.4)
18.5
(65.3)
19.5
(67.1)
19.5
(67.1)
18.5
(65.3)
19.5
(67.1)
13.0
(55.4)
8.5
(47.3)
8.5
(47.3)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 3.7
(0.146)
2.0
(0.079)
30.7
(1.209)
91.3
(3.594)
166.2
(6.543)
182.9
(7.201)
212.4
(8.362)
217.8
(8.575)
218.1
(8.587)
109.1
(4.295)
1.8
(0.071)
1.0
(0.039)
1,237
(48.701)
Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 0.3 0.3 1.7 5.6 8.9 10.3 12.9 13.3 13.3 7.8 0.5 0.2 75.1
Average relative humidity (%) (at 15:00 LST) 26.3 26.8 37.0 50.3 61.5 66.6 69.9 71.3 68.6 63.3 45.1 31.9 51.5
Mean monthly sunshine hours 217.0 212.8 210.8 210.0 213.9 183.0 151.9 145.7 162.0 201.5 240.0 232.5 2,381.1
Mean daily sunshine hours 7.0 7.6 6.8 7.0 6.9 6.1 4.9 4.7 5.4 6.5 8.0 7.5 6.5
Source #1: NOAA[2]
Source #2: Deutscher Wetterdienst (extremes and mean temperature)[3]

Transport[edit]

Makurdi is located on the banks of Benue River, a major tributary of the Niger River. It is on the main narrow gauge railway line running north from Port Harcourt, although this is not currently[when?] working. There are regular bus services linking Makurdi to neighbouring towns.

Until a road rail bridge] was built in 1932, a train ferry was used to cross the Benue river.

Agriculture[edit]

Benue State is predominantly an agricultural area specialising in cash crops and subsistence crops.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The World Gazetteer". Archived from the original on 2013-02-09. Retrieved 2007-04-06. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "world gazetteer" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  2. ^ "Makurdi Climate Normals 1961–1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Klimatafel von Makurdi / Nigeria" (PDF). Baseline climate means (1961-1990) from stations all over the world (in German). Deutscher Wetterdienst. Retrieved 10 August 2016.