Uyo

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Uyo
City
Aerial View of Uyo
Uyo Metropolis
Motto: Land of Promise
Uyo is located in Nigeria
Uyo
Uyo
Coordinates: 5°2′N 7°55′E / 5.033°N 7.917°E / 5.033; 7.917Coordinates: 5°2′N 7°55′E / 5.033°N 7.917°E / 5.033; 7.917
Country  Nigeria
State Akwa Ibom
Government
 • Type State Capital Territory
 • Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel
Area
 • City 362 km2 (140 sq mi)
Population (2006 census)[1]
 • City 427,873
 • Density 1,200/km2 (3,100/sq mi)
 • Metro 554,906
Time zone WAT (UTC+1)
Area code(s) 085
Vehicle registration UYY
Climate Am
Website http://akwaibomstate.gov.ng

Uyo is the state capital of Akwa Ibom, an oil-producing state in Nigeria. The town became the capital of the state on September 23, 1987 following the creation of Akwa Ibom State from erstwhile Cross River State. The University of Uyo is located in this town. The population of Uyo, according to the 2006 Nigerian Census which comprises Uyo and Itu, is 427,873.[2] while the urban area, including Uruan, is 554,906.[3] A church collapse in 2016 killed more than 160 people and has garnered the city world attention.

Transportation[edit]

The city can be reached by road via the A342 highway, as well as Abak Road, Nwaniba Road, Itu Road, Oron road, Idoro Road, and Aka Road. Nearby airports include Akwa Ibom Airport at Okobo and Margaret Ekpo International Airport in Calabar.

Uyo is a fast-growing city, as it has witnessed some infrastructural growth in the past nine years. It has an intensive network of roads such as the IBB Way, Atiku Abubakar Avenue, Udo Udoma Avenue, Nsikak Eduok Avenue, and Edet Akpan Avenue which is an eight-lane superhighway and currently the widest road in Uyo.

Uyo lacks modern rail infrastructure as is common in most new post-colonial towns in Nigeria, Taxis, Buses and Tricycles are the major means of transportation. Motorcycles are restricted to the city limits and tricycles are restricted from operating within 10 kilometre radius of the city centre.

Housing[edit]

Uyo is home to many notable housing districts such as the Ewet Housing Estate, Osongama Estate and Shelter Afrik. The city of Uyo is notably neat and hospitable to foreigners and its aborigines. Highbrow residential areas in Uyo include the prestigious Ewet Housing Estate, Osongama Estate, Shelter Afrik and a host of other choice areas in the town and its environs.

Recreation[edit]

The city boasts several recreational areas including

  • Ibom Connection, popularly known as "Ibom Plaza"
  • the prestigious Le Meridien Ibom Hotel & Golf Resort
  • Ibom Tropicana Entertainment Center
  • a green recreational park known as "Love Garden".

Education[edit]

Uyo is home to the University of Uyo, formerly known as the University of Cross River State. Its name was changed in 1991,when the government of Nigeria established it as a federal university. This school has various campuses in Uyo such as; Town Campus and Annex Campus in Ikpa Road, Permanent Site/Main Campus in Nwanibia Road, UYTH/Medical Campus at Abak Road and Ime Umana Campus at Ediene-Abak.

Uyo also houses various secondary schools which are both public and privately owned.

Sister cities[edit]

The sister cities of Uyo are Oron, Abakand, and Ikot Ekpene.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Summing the 2 LGAs Uyo and Itu LGA's as per:
    Federal Republic of Nigeria Official Gazette (15 May 2007). "Legal Notice on Publication of the Details of the Breakdown of the National and State Provisional Totals 2006 Census" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-05-19. 
  2. ^ Summing the 2 LGAs Uyo and Itu LGA's as per:
    Federal Republic of Nigeria Official Gazette (15 May 2007). "Legal Notice on Publication of the Details of the Breakdown of the National and State Provisional Totals 2006 Census" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-05-19. 
  3. ^ Summing the 2 LGAs Uyo and Itu LGA's as per:
    Federal Republic of Nigeria Official Gazette (15 May 2007). "Legal Notice on Publication of the Details of the Breakdown of the National and State Provisional Totals 2006 Census" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-05-19.