Abia is a state of Nigeria with its capital at Umuahia, Aba is the largest city with 897 613 inhabitants ( 2005).
The state is located in the south of the country, bordered to the north by the states of Ebonyi and Enugu, on the south by the Rivers State, in the west to the Imo State, in the northeast of the state of Cross River and in the southeast by the Akwa Ibom State.
The state was formed on August 27, 1991 from part of Imo State. First administrator was between August 28th 1991 and January 1992 Frank Ajobena. Current governor since May 29, 1999 Orji Uzor Kalu.
List of Governors and Administrators
- Frank Ajobena ( administrator 1991-1992)
- Ogbonnaya Onu (Governor 1992-1993)
- C. Ike Nwosu ( administrator 1993-1994)
- Temi Ejoor ( administrator 1994-1996)
- Moses Fasanya ( administrator 1996-1998)
- Anthony Obi ( administrator 1998-1999)
The state is divided into 15 Local Government Areas. These are: Aba North, Arochokwu, Bende, Ikwuano, Isiala - Ngwa North, Isiala - Ngwa South, Obi- NWGA, Ohafia, Osisioma, Ugwunagbo, Ukwa East, Ukwa West, Umuahia North, Umuahia South and Umu - Nneochi.
Major industries in Abia are the retail and agriculture. There are cultivated cereals, coconuts, corn, rice, yams, cassava, fruits and vegetables.
Important are the mining of zinc, fine sand and limestone as well as the production of crude oil. In addition, beer is brewed in Abia and textiles, glass and ceramics produced.
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