Uyo

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Uyo
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
 • Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel
Area
 • Land 115 km2 (44 sq mi)
 • Metro 168 km2 (65 sq mi)
  estimated
Population (2006 census)[1]
 • City 436,606
 • Density 1,400/km2 (4,000/sq mi)
 • Metro 554,906
Time zone WAT (UTC+1)
Area code(s) 085

Uyo is a town and local government area in south-south Nigeria and is the capital of Akwa Ibom State,a major oil producing state . The town became the capital of Akwa Ibom State on September 23, 1987 following the creation of Akwa Ibom State from erstwhile Cross River State. The University of Uyo resides in this town. The population of Uyo, according to the 2006 Nigerian Census which comprises Uyo and Itu, is 436,606.[2] while the urban area, including Uruan, is 554,906.[3]

Transportation[edit]

The town can be accessed by road via the A342 highway, as well as Abak Road, Nwaniba Road, Itu Road, and Aka Road. Nearby airports include the Akwa Ibom International Airport at Okobo.

Uyo is a fast-growing town, as the town has witnessed some infrastructural growth in the past nine years. It has an intensive network of divided 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 .

Housing[edit]

Uyo is home to many notable housing districts such as the Ewet Housing Estate, Osongama Estate and Shelter Afrik. The town 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 town boasts recreational areas such as the Ibom Connection and the prestigious Le Meridien Ibom Hotel & Golf Resort.[citation needed]

Education[edit]

Main article: University of Uyo

Uyo is home to the University of Uyo, formerly known as the University of Cross River State. Its name was changed when, in 1991, the government of Nigeria established it as a federal university.

Sister Cities[edit]

Unnao is Uyo's sister city.[citation needed]

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.