Decades of a consistent lawful agitation for a State by the people of the mainland part of old Cross River State resulted in the historic creation of Akwa Ibom State on Thursday 23rd September 1987.
Former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida who created the state, envisioned “the full mobilization of your human and material resource endowments for the benefit of your State and our great country will make your State a model for others to emulate.” And so from 1987 each successive administration to date, has contributed its quota to the realization of this vision.
Lying between latitudes 4⁰ 32” and 5⁰ 33” north and longitudes 7⁰ 35” and 8⁰ 25” East, Nigeria’s 21st State – Akwa Ibom – sits on 7,081 square kilometres of the Niger-Delta region within the southern extremity of Nigeria’s geographical layout; a landmass which makes it the 10th largest state in Nigeria.
Akwa Ibom experiences two main seasons: the wet and the dry seasons. The South-West onshore winds bring heavy rains (usually from April to November) and the North-East trade winds blowing from the Sahara Desert up north brings the dry season (usually from November to March).
Across the state, there is an attractive variety of natural landscapes. This ranges from the saltwater mangrove swamp and picturesque vegetation island, to flat land of secondary vegetation and pockets of thick tropical forests, palm groves and vegetable land to rugged valleys in the slopes of hills.