The South-South State was created on May 27, 1967 from the former Eastern Region, Nigeria by the General Yakubu Gowonregime. Its name was changed to Cross River State in the 1976 state creation exercise by the then General Murtala Mohammed regime from South Eastern State. The present day Akwa Ibom State was excised from it in the state creation exercise of September 1987 by the then regime of General Ibrahim Babangida. Its capital is Calabar. Its major towns are Akamkpa, Biase,Calabar South, Ikom, Obubra, Odukpani, Ogoja, Ugep, Obudu, Obanliku, Akpabuyo, Ofutop, Iso-bendeghe and BojiThe state has been previously governed by many governors and administrators including Udoakaha J. Esuene, Paul Omu, Tunde Elegbede, Clement Isong, Donald Etiebet, Daniel Archibong, Ibim Princewill, Ernest Atta, Clement Ebri, Ibrahim Kefas, Gregory Agboneni, Umar Faoruk Ahmed, Christopher Osondu, Donald Duke and Liyel Imoke. The Current Governor is Ben Ayade, who came into power on the 29th of May, 2015.
To effectively deal with the issues of Climate Change the administration of Senator Prof. Ben Ayade introduced projects and programmes such as planting of 5 million trees every year, the Green Police, the Green Carnival, Anti-Deforestation Task Force, Special Mobile Court, Clean Energy Initiative as well as Green Economy Initiative and these efforts are yielding laudable results.
The Government is also hosting a Global Summit on Climate Change and Green Entrepreneurship in April 2018, to coincide with the World Earth Day Celebrations.