Ebonyi State which came into being in 1st October 1996 was carved out from the old Abakaliki, splitting of Enugu State, old Afikpo and Abia State areas. It is in the south-eastern part of Nigeria and has mostly Igbo Speaking inhabitants. Abakaliki is the capital and largest city in Ebonyi State. This State was formed during regime of General Sanni Abacha. The Theme of the state is “Salt of the Nation”. The State is surrounded by different State, such as Benue state, Enugu state, Imo, Abia, and River State.
Ebonyi State has majority of Igbo Speaking people while a few from other neighbouring state. This state is mixed, first five languages spoken are Izi- Ezaa–Ikwo-Mgbo, Kukele, Legbo, Mbembe and Oring.
Ebonyi State is naturally known for their Dance Steps, which had made them win many Awards both locally and International. They are rich in cultural Heritage as seen in their lifestyle, dressing, and Traditional rite and dancing. Dancing styles includes Nkwa Nwite of Afikpo, Ojianyalare of Amasiri.
GOVERNOR OF EBOYI STATE=DAVID UMAHI
Engr. Dave Umahi Nweze was born on 1st January 1964 to the family of Elder and Deaconess Joseph Umahi Nwaze in Umunaga Uburu in Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
He attended Umunaga primary School in Uburu from 1971 to 1977 where he obtained his First Leaving School Certificate with distinction. He began his secondary education at Ishiagu High School where he attended class 1 and class 2 between 1978 and 1979 before proceeding to Government Secondary School Afikpo, where he completed his Secondary Education sitting for his WAEC in Division 1 grade with excellent Alpha performance in Mathematics, Additional Mathematics, Statistics, physics and Chemistry. While in Government Secondary School Afikpo, he was appointed a Library prefect. He proceeded to Anambra State University of Science and Technology for his higher education where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering in 1987. While in Anambra State University of Science and Technology, he was elected to the students’ parliament as a Senator representing Engineering Faculty and was extremely outstanding in all proceedings of the school senate.
Engr. Dave Umahi Nweze’s professional career began immediately after completing his one-year mandatory National Youth Service Corp (NYSC). He started off as an Engineer with SCC Nig. Ltd; an Israeli Company (Water Engineering Giant) and rose to the position of project Engineer. Some of the projects under his supervision at the time include the historic Umuahia Water Project and the Ndiegoro Aba Flood Control measures between 1988-1990. By 1993 he had emerged General Manager and shareholder with Norman Engineering and Construction Nig. Limited a company he co-founded alongside the then MD of National Fertilizer Company of Nigeria (NAFCON) Port-Harcourt, Dr. Ombo Isokarari. He was also Chairman and CEO of the following companies: Brass Engineering & Construction Nig Ltd, Focus Investment Nig. Ltd, and Osborn La Palm Royal Resort Ltd until march 2011, when he resigned his position to pursue his political ambition as the Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State.
In May 2015, Engr. Dave Umahi Nweze contested for the gubernatorial elections under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and emerged winner, hence, Governor of Ebonyi State.
EBONYI STATE GOVERNMENT HOUSE
The Ebonyi State government house serves as the Official home to the state governor or chief state executive of the state and their families. It is the official venue for events such as the state's executive council meetings, government conferences, swearing in of cabinet members and of course the Governor's official business. It can also be used as receptions and functions hosted by individuals; some arms of the state government also have offices at the state government house.
The inhabitants of Ebonyi State are majorly traders and farmers, just few are into Fishing as a source of income. The main crops are been sold in the markets are such as; Abakalili rice, yam, palm produce, coca, maize, groundnut, Plantains, Banana, beans, cassava, melon, sugar cane, fruits and vegetables.
- Afikpo North
- Afikpo South
- Ezza North
- Ezza South
- Food Farming Business
- Business Center
- Consignment Business
- Fast Food Business
- Raw Food Business
- Viewing Center
- Frozen Foods
- Tailoring Business
- Restaurant Business
- Auto Repair Business
Ebonyi state is home to six prominent higher institutions of learning.
- Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki (EBSU)
- Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo
- Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic,Unwana
- Federal College of Agriculture, Ishiagu
- Ebonyi State College of Education Ikwo (EBSCOEI)
- College of Health Sciences, Ezzamgbo
Construction of a Double Cell Mini-Bridge
Ndudara Community is in Abakaliki Local Government Area of Ebonyi State. Before Agency’s intervention, the only accessible route to the community was through a bamboo bridge constructed by members of the community. This bridge, apart from ferrying foot-travelers across to the other side of the road could hardly support any vehicular activity. It was reported that sometime ago, a child was drawn while attempting to cross the stream, when suddenly, the bridge caved in. Apart from this, whenever there is heavy down pour, the bridge would be completely submerged, thereby increasing accessibility risk. To this end, the community unanimously agreed to seek for Agency support.
The Agency supported “Construction of a Double Cell Mini-Bridge” has been completed, commissioned, and put to use. With this in place, members of the community can easily travel using different means of transportation. Also, movement of farm produce to the market has greatly improved.
Construction of Motorized Water Boreholein Ndukwe Community
Ndukwe Community in Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, before Agency intervention depended on streams, ponds and few Hand Pump Water boreholes across the community as their source of water for consumption and domestic use. Because of the large population of the community served by the limited number of water resources, ample time and money were spent by members of the community to fetch water for their domestic use.
The construction of a Motorized Borehole in this Community has greatly reduced the amount as well as the time spent fetching water for domestic purposes and brought about significant increase in water availability within the community
Construction of a Primary School 6-Classroom Block in Omakorie Community, Abakaliki LGA
Omakorie Community, Abakaliki LGA through a formal request made by the community. Before the construction of this classroom block, the existing Primary and Secondary schools in the community were sharing the same compound. With this form of arrangement, the environment was no longer conducive for effective teaching and learning for teachers as well as students. The consequence of this, was because of both the primary and secondary pupils observing their break and closure at different time of the day. As soon as the bell rings for break or closure, there is usually a high level of excitement and noise among the primary school pupils, hence distracting the secondary pupils.
With the completion of the 6-Classroom Block for the Primary section at a different location within the community, it is expected that both pupils will be able to learn in a friendly environment devoid of noise and other form of distractions.
Construction of Town Hall in Umuanum Community, Ohaozara LGA, Ebonyi State
Umuanum is one of the Communities in Uburu in Ohaozara L.G.A, covering a land mass of over 10.03 square km with an estimated population of about 7,682. Their main occupation is farming and trading.
The Community like many others, is faced with so many developmental challenges such as poor road network, lack of portable water, electricity, etc. During the PRA exercise, the community identified two (2) Micro Projects namely, Town Hall and Hand Pump Borehole that requires immediate attention.
The newly constructed Town Hall is now a source of income to the Community through the rental of the facility for meeting and other social activities.
Rehabilitation of Bridge in Akpoha Community, Afikpo North LGA, Ebonyi State
The bailey bridge that crosses Ebonyi River at Akpoha Community was constructed by the Nigerian Army Engineering Corps after the existing bridge was destroyed during the Nigerian civil war. The reconstruction of this bridge brought a sigh of relieve to members of the community as it served as the most effective means of conveying their farm produce, which was at the other side of the river. Over the years, the wooden basement started wearing out from different sections of the bridge because of several factors such as weather, environmental and human activities. With time, it became completely impossible for vehicles, motorcycles and even bicycles to transport farm produce to the community.
On several occasions, the community had tried to rehabilitate the bridge, but could not muster enough financial muscle to carry out the project, until the Agency intervened. Presently, Akpoha Community, through the Community Project Management Committee, CPMC have received all the tranche disbursement of the approved total Micro-project cost for completion of micro-project.
Okposi Salt Lake:
The Okposi Salt Lake is an important place to visit in Ebonyi State. A visit to okposi will avail one the opportunity to see one of the natural resources that gave Ebonyi the name “salt of the nation” and enlighten one on how salt is being processed locally.
The Amanchor cave Is located at Amanchor in Afikpo South. The Cave is about 4 kilometers long and one of the numerous tourist attractions in Ebonyi state. although the amanchor cave is yet to be developed, Plans are underway to develop this cave, as it is capable of attracting visitors to the site from within and outside the country.
Unwana beach is located at Unwana in Afikpo North LGA. The beach is part of extensive scenic golden sand beach along Cross River basin. it is an ideal center for relaxation, sunbathing, swimming, sport fishing, canoe-racing, and yachting.
The golden sand beach is one of the top tourist attractions in Ebonyi State. it is usually a beehive of activities at weekends and public holidays as fun seekers gather there for parties and other social events. The beach is an ideal pace for relaxation, sport, fishing, swimming, sunbathing, yachting, and canoe racing.
Ndibe Sand Beach:
Like Unwana beach, Ndibe Sand Beach is located at Ndibe in Afikpo North LGA. The beach is also part of extensive scenic golden sand beaches along Cross River basin. its ideal center for relaxation, sunbathing, swimming, sport fishing, canoe-racing, and yachting.
Ndibe beach can be accessed from Abakaliki through Amuro/Mgbom roundabout in Afikpo.
Uburu Salt Lake:
The town of uburu is blessed with four salt lakes. The Uburu salt lake is a rich source of common salt in Ebonyi state and Nigeria, the natives and some salt manufacturing outfits use the lake water for salt making, like that of okposi, uburu salt lake is a common source of revenue for the people of uburu especially the women who are engaged in the salt processing.
Abakaliki Golf Club
Abakaliki Golf Club is located at Onueke Township Stadium, Abakaliki-Ugep Road, Abakaliki, Ebonyi. Equipped for games with a naturally beautiful environment, this is a 9 hole public golf course that attracts sports enthusiasts from all over to the state capital.
The salt of the Nation
David Nweze Umahi
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