Ogoja

Ogoja
Ogoja
Ogoja is located in Nigeria
Ogoja
Location in Nigeria
Coordinates: 6°30′N 8°40′E / 6.5°N 8.667°E / 6.5; 8.667Coordinates: 6°30′N 8°40′E / 6.5°N 8.667°E / 6.5; 8.667
Country  Nigeria
State Cross River State
Area
 - Total 972 km2 (375.3 sq mi)
Population (2006 census)
 - Total 171,901
Time zone WAT (UTC+1)
3-digit postal code prefix 550
Area code(s) 045
ISO 3166 code NG.CR.OG

Ogoja is a Local Government Area in Cross River State, Nigeria. Its headquarters is Ogoja town in the northeast of the area near the A4 highway at6°39′17″N 8°47′51″E / 6.65472°N 8.7975°E / 6.65472; 8.7975.

It has an area of 972 km² and a population of 171,901 at the 2006 census.

The postal code of the area is 550.[1]

The town was one of the provinces during pre-colonial independence. It consists of many tribes, which includes: Ishibori (This village has different clans like Uhmuria, Ikaptang, Ikajor, Ishinyema, Ikariku, Imerakorm) and Igoli as the central town. Mbube being one of the major tribes consist of different villages which includes: Odajie, Adagum, Ekumtak, Idum, Ojerim, Egbe,Nkim, Ogberia Ogang & Ogberia Ochoro,Oboso,Benkpe, Edide, Bansan, Aragban etc. their major source of livelihood is subsistence agriculture, basically farming of cassava, yams, palm oil, palm wine etc. Ekajuk, is one of the major clan in Ogoja Local government area. Divided into Ward I and Ward II, and includes major Communities such as Nwang, Ekpogrinya, Esham, Egbong, Nnang, Ewinimba, and Bansara (which are collection of a group of villages).

Present Administration

Currently, Ogoja has three arms of government namely; executive, legislature and judiciary. The executive arm is made up of an elected Chairman & a deputy chairman and supervisors appointed by the chairman and confirmed by the legislature. The current Chairman is Mr Joe Eweh, while the deputy chairman is Mr Ama Agboje. The legislative arm comprises ten councillors who represent the ten wards in Ogoja. The leader of the legislature is Mr Austin Ayungbe - Ekajuk ward II, while the deputy leader is Mr Thomas Ori - Mbube east ward II. Others are; Ms Sarah Amu - Mbube east ward I, Mr Tom Egbang - Mbube west ward I, Mr Peter Odu - Mbube west ward II, Mr Vincent Uga - Nkum-Irede ward, Mr Iyang Nnang - Nkum-Iborr ward, Mr Paul Aganyi - Ekajuk ward I, Mr Anthony Ntaji - Urban ward I, Mr Wogor Umari - Urban ward II. All the officials in the executive and legislative arms are members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Their tenure expires in December, 2010. The Judiciary is headed by the Chief Judge of Ogoja.

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