Benue (state)

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Basic data
Capital : Makurdi
founded: 3rd February 1976
Governor : Samuel Ortom
ISO 3166-2 : NG-BE
Area : 34,059 km²
Rank in Nigeria: 11
Residents : 5,741,800 (2016)
Population density : 169 inhabitants / km² (2016)
Rank in Nigeria: 10
Location of Benue in Nigeria

Benue is a federal state in the West African country of Nigeria with the capital Makurdi , which is also the largest city in the state with 292,664 inhabitants (2005).


The state is located in the southeast of the country and is bordered to the north by the state of Nassarawa , to the southwest by the states of Ebonyi and Enugu , to the southeast by the state of Cross River and Cameroon , to the west by the state of Kogi and to the east by the state of Taraba .


The state was formed on February 3, 1976 from part of the former Benue Plateau state . The first governor was Abdullahi Shelleng between March 1976 and July 1978 . The current governor has been Samuel Ortom since May 29, 2015 .

List of governors and administrators


The state is divided into 23 Local Government Areas . These are: Agatu, Apa, Apo, Bukuru, Gboko, Guma, Gwer East, Gwer West, Katsina-Ala, Konshisha, Kwande, Logo, Makurdi, Obi, Ogbadibo, Ohimini, Oju, Opkokwu, Oturpko, Tarka, Ukum, Ushongo and Vandeikya.


The main industry in Benue is agriculture . There are yams , rice , beans , cassava , potatoes , corn , soybeans , sorghum and millet grown. With a share of 70 percent, the state is the largest producer of soybeans in Nigeria.

Benue is also rich in natural resources . These include: limestone , gypsum , anhydrite , kaolin , natural gas , salt , petroleum , zinc , barium sulfate , clay , coal , calcite and magnetite . Of these raw materials, only limestone and kaolin are used commercially.