Yala

Yala Local Government Area is in the Northern Senatorial District of Cross River State. Its headquarters is in the town of Okpoma in the east of the Local Government Area.

YALA
Location of Yala Local Government Area in Cross River State
Senatorial DistrictNorth
Created
Local Government HeadquarterOkpoma
Area1,739 km²
Government
ChairmanHon. Barr. Fabian Odey Ogbeche
Vice Chairman
Leader
Paramount Ruler
Wards     10
Educational Institutions

Geography

Yala Local Government Area is bounded to the North by Benue State,  Ebonyi State to the West, Obubra in the South, Ikom in the Southeast, Ogoja in the East and Bekwarra to the Northeast.

HISTORY 
Yala LGA was first created in

Local Government Wards

There are ten wards in the local government area. The wards are:

EKAJUK I

EKAJUK II

MBUBE EAST I

MBUBE EAST II

MBUBE WEST I

MBUBE WEST II

NKUM IBOR

NKUM IREDE

URBAN I

URBAN II

PEOPLE AND LANGUAGE

The dominant tribe in the Area are the Yala. Yala is also a language spoken by some inhabitants of Yalaland. Other major tribes in Yala Local Government Area are, Igede-Edii (Anyadaha, Anyugbe, Eminyi, Ibilla, Igbakobor and Opiriku), Itekpa, Gabu, Ukele and Yache. They speak Igede, Kukelle and Yache language respectively.

SETTLEMENTS

Major settlements in Yala LGA include Okpoma, Okuku, Yahe, Ugaga, Ijegu, Oloko, Imaje, Oke, Echumoga, Woda, Ebo, Igede Edii Nation, Itekpa, Maa, Wonye, Uchu, Osina, Mbuor, Aliforkpa, Echumofana, Wanihem, Wanikade, Wanokom, Ijiraga, Ntrigom etc.

TRADITIONAL AUTHORITY SYSTEM

The traditional Rulers Council of the LGA is headed by the Paramount Ruler. The stool of the Paramount Ruler is the highest stool of traditional authority in the Local Government Council and the current holder of the office in Tala LGA is addressed as His Royal Highness

FESTIVALS
In Yala, the most celebrated agricultural produce is the yam. An entire day is declared as a public holiday to celebrate the yam every new harvest time which is usually on the 30th of August annually. This sees Yala people from all around the world return home to enjoy a cultural heritage festival and Holiday.

PAST LOCAL GOVERNMENT CHAIRMEN

                   NAMEYEAR
Hon.
Hon.2013 to 2016
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