About Cross River State


Cross River State is a coastal state in South South Nigeria, named after the Cross River, which passes through the state. Located in the Niger Delta, Cross River State occupies 20,156 square kilometers. It shares boundaries with Benue State to the north,Ebonyi and Abia States to the west, to the east by Cameroon Republic and to the south by Akwa-Ibom and the Atlantic Ocean.


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.



Cross River State holds over 58% of the last remaining tropical rainforest in Nigeria and is listed as one of the 25 biodiversity hotspots in the world, with approximately 75% of Nigeria’s endangered tree species found in our forests. Also, Cross River Forests support 22 primate species including endemics such as the Cross River Gorilla, Drill Monkeys, Pruesus’s Guenons and many others.
The Ministry of Climate Change and Forestry, Cross River State has the mandate of initiating and driving Climate Change mitigation activities in Cross River State. This mandate is premised on the sub-national leadership role which the State is expected to play in Climate Change mitigation and overall global ecosystem stability.


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.