Akamkpa Local Government Area is in the Southern Senatorial District with headquarters in Akamkpa town and was created in 1976. It has a land mass of 4,943.04 square kilometres.
Location of Akamkpa Local Government Area in Cross River State
|Local Government Headquarter||Akamkpa|
|Chairman||Hon. Linus Etim Bassey|
|Vice Chairman||Hon. Mary Ankpo Pius|
Akamkpa Local Government Area is bounded by Odukpani and Akpabuyo Local Government Areas to the west and south, Biase and Yakurr Local government Areas to the northwest. Ikom and Etung Local government Areas to the north, and the Republic of Cameroon to the East.
Local Government Wards
There are ten wards in the local government area. The wards are:
PEOPLE AND LANGUAGE
There are two main ethnic groups in the Local Government Area, the Ejagham and Dusauga Iyong Iyong people, who speak Ejagham and Iyong Iyong languages. English and Efik languages are also widely used for commercial and other social interactions, while Christianity is the predominant religion in the area.
The Local Government Area comprises 260 villages grouped under 30 clans for political and administrative convenience.
With the largest forest area in the state and a very fertile land, watered by many rivers, streams and springs, the people are mostly agrarian. There are a number of agricultural estates in the area. Some of these are:
Kwa Fall Oil Palm Estate
Ayip Eku Oil Palm Estate
Crel Rubber Estate
Calaro Oil Palm Estates
There is also a vast tract of reserved forest and gmelina and other pulp wood plantation, as well as privately owned rubber, oil palm and cocoa plantations and other forest products that are essential for industrial development of the entire state and country.
Apart from the abundance of granite rocks which has led to the establishment of many quarrying companies on Old Metim and Obung, there are said to abound other solid minerals like limestone kaolin and others yet to be exploited.
There are many Secondary Schools, a Science School and a College of Education in the area, but a tertiary Institution is yet to be established.
The Local Government Area is serviced by health centres spread over the entire area, a primary health centre at Oban and a General Hospital at the headquarters, and several private health clinics.
PAST LOCAL GOVERNMENT CHAIRMEN