Map of UYO Local Government Area
Location: Uyo, which serves a dual role of State capital as well as Local Government Headquarters, is bounded by Abak, Itu, Uruan, Ibesikpo Asutan and Etinan Local GovernmentAreas.
Representative: Hon. Ekere S. Afia
Paramount Ruler: HRH Edidem (Surv.) Edem Silas Akpan, FVIS (JP)
Dr. Christopher D. Nyong
Born in June 1956 at Aka Offot, Uyo, Dr Nyong started his primary education at St. George`s Primary School, Aka Offot between 1962 and 1968. He had his secondary education at the famous Lutheran High School, Obot Idim from 1970 to 1974. In 1979, he proceeded to the University of Calabar to study Medicine and graduated with MBB Ch, in 1985. By 1992, he added the Certificate in Voluntary Surgical Contraception to his academic and professional kitty.
Dr Nyong has had a very brilliant working career. Between 1985 and 1986, he did his Housemanship at the General Hospital, Ikot Ekpene. He served the nation in the National Youth Corps Scheme from 1986 to 1987 at Bida Polytechnic Medical Centre, and on completion returned to Akwa Ibom State to serve as Medical Officer at the Immanuel Hospital, Eket, from 1987 to 1992. He was Medical Officer 11 in 1993, and between then and 1994 had moved to the Cottage Hospital, Asong, to serve as Medical Superintendent.
From 1994 onwards, Dr Nyong had served as Medical Director of Amado Medical Centre in Eket.
Driven by the passion to make a unique contribution in the transformation of the Uyo Local Government and better the lots of his people through political leadership, he contested the chairmanship position in the last Local Government polls and recorded a landslide victory.
Dr Nyong has also had several appointments, such as the Vice Chairman of the Progressive Association from 1992 to 1995; Secretary General of the Association of Private and General Medical Practitioners of Nigeria, Akwa Ibom State Branch in 2002; and as Member, Comprehensive Personnel Audit Committee, Ministry of Health in 1992, among others.
UYO Local Government Area
With emergency of various educational institutions in Uyo, there has been an influx of indigene into these institutions for formal education and in various field of specialties. While the Local Government Council has for some time now been helping to encourage this with scholarships to deserving indigenes within and outside the country to study professional course, individuals are not left out in this match towards civilization. Manpower development and indeed Human development had been given adequate attention in the area and the people are very responsive to it. This is evident in the cream of professors, doctors both Academic and Medical and other professional on various disciplines who are indigenes serving within and outside the states and the country at large.
The Local authority has also helped in empowering some indigenes within the Local Government Area in the establishment of smell scale industries and trade and entrepreneurial training to boast self employment and sufficiency with increased productivity within the area.
Be this as it may, and whatever view that History may have deemed certain on this issue, it could be said affirmatively here that, though the different groups and tribe within the state ma have migrated to their present places of abode at different times, the bulk of the Akwa Ibom people came from the same geographical area. This is also applicable to Uyo people as having to settle here from Edik in search of the wild apple fruit “Uyo” since this was commonly found here in the area. It is worthy to mention here that wild apple fruit that is Uyo an indigenous fruit with multifunction. It edible, medicinal and the fruit is used in preparing a famous delicacy in the area called “Efere Mbukpap Uyo.
Uyo Local Government is a creation of statute of the Federal Government of Nigeria. It is by creation one of the 31 Local Government Councils that make up Akwa Ibom State, which is one of the 36 State of the Federation of Nigeria. Its creation was a condensed account of political struggle of people desperately yearning to assert their identity in the political map of Nigeria. Many people see the political existence of Uyo Local Government Area, the Akwa Ibom State capital as providing the Nucleus for the development of the people once neglected. An area in the South Eastern part of Nigeria that is endowed with great economic potentials.
Uyo was fist created as a province in 1959 by the colonial masters. The aim was to split the Ibibio tribe into smaller administrative units for effective governance. The History of the Ibibio cannot be complete without mentioning Uyo Local Government Area as the core or credit of the Ibibios. Their origin to some sources is traced to central of Benue valley (Talbot) while another source has it that the Ibibio people migrated from the Cameroun (Henry Nau a pioneer Lutheran Missionary and K. O. Dike). Bany Floyed and another field informant maintained that the core of the Ibibio people is the “Afaha Lineage” whose original home has been traced to “Usak Edet” in the Cameroon. Among the Ibibios Usak Edet is popularly known as ‘Edik Afaha’ reflecting that all Afaha people in Ibibio land emanated from Usak Edet. A contemporary survey has it that there is no Local Government council in Akwa Ibom State that does not have one two Afaha villages existing within their constituted area.
Uyo people are of the Ibibio stock and speak Ibibio language. There are unique traditions of the people which are expressed in Ekpo, Ekpe masquerades and dances.
Uyo Local Government area as a people have unique but various traditions and culture. In mode of dressing the dominant attire of an Ibibio man is a Loincloth “Unwanwang Ofong Isin” and shirt with Hat and staff to go with. While the women folds have a Loincloth as well generally called ‘Ndot Iba’ with a piece of it on the head as head- tie with blouse to match. They are also blessed with delicacies such as white soap ‘Afia Efere:, Afang Soup, Edikang Ikong soup, Ubo Nkong, Efere Ibaba, Efere Mbukpap Uyo and a host of others. In the entertainment aspect, we have various dances and other cultural play like “Ebre” for women, “Asian Uboikpa” for young girls and also the “Akpara” dance for women.
The men have the “Ekpo” masquerade, the “akinkoriko” or Awade” for young boys. Among the young girls we also have the ‘Abang’ dance for unmarried once the dance from which most young men pick their partners. The young men also have ‘Mbok’ display a kind of traditional wrestling competition often displayed by young men before the elder and the cream of the society as a forum of assessing the strength, might and vigour of some youth for wars, leadership and fitness of a king’s assignment and a process towards the marriage of a princess.
The people of Uyo by way of worship predominantly Christians. They belief in the existence of one Supreme Being Outside this, we still have the practice of Traditional worshipping with their unique shrines for their various deities like Idiong, Ndem, Ibok etc. some of such deities associated with each of the four clans that make up Uyo Local Government Area are “Etefia” of Ikono Clan, The “Afia Etoi” of Etoi Clan “Udu Oku” of Oku Clan an the “Ukana Offot” of Offot Clan. Their belief is that, thought they are different they are messengers of supreme being that see to the peace stability and well- being of the area.
|* Source: 2006 National Census|
UYO In The News
- Modern Health Centre, Oku-Uyo.
- Mini Water Scheme, Afaha Idoro-Idoro, Uyo.
- Mini Water Scheme, Idoro Community, Idoro, Uyo.
- Maternal and Child Health Centre (MCH), Afaha-Offot, Uyo.
- Construction of Casava/Oil Processing Mill, Nung Ukim, Ikono-Uyo
- Uyo Legislative Chambers Council Secretariat, Uyo
- Health Centre-Ifa Ikot Okpon-Ward 4
- Mini Water Scheme, Obio Etoi Ward 4, Uyo.
- Mini Water Scheme, Primary School, Ikot Ntuen Oku, Ward 2, Uyo.
- Youth Council Brand New Kia Motor Commissioned by The Executive Chairman, Uyo L.G.A
- Nung Obio Enang Electrification Project, Idoro-Uyo.
- Mini Water Scheme, Ikot Obio Mkpong Ward 8-Uyo.
- Mini Water Scheme, Afaha Idoro·ldoro, Uyo.
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From the Gallery
Uyo Local Government lies between latitude 5.05 north and longitude 80 East. This is within the equatorial rain forest belt, which is a tropical zone that house vegetation of green foliage of trees shrubs and oil pal trees.
Tourist attractions include Ibom Plaza park, Le Meridien Hotel and Golf Resort, Technology park and many other hospitable outlets.
Uyo Local Government Area as a people speaks “Ibibio” language. This is the local dialect in Ibibio land and entire Akwa Ibom State. Though there exist some slight differences in dialectical aspect of some vocabularies as it is found among the people of Ikono clan; all the people of Uyo Local Government Area hear and understand themselves in this one language.
The Local Government is endowed with abundant mineral and forest resources, among which are gravel, silica, sand, clay, and timber. Agricultural produce include cassava, yam, vegetables and plantain.
Uyo Local Government Area also has large deposits of crude oil.
The people of Uyo Local Government Area are predominantly farmers and traders. Their area of trade is mostly on food items like palm oil and other palm produce, vegetables, plantain, bananas, yam, cassava etc. the trade items alos include the precuts gotten from the sea like the fish which are sold sometimes smoked and at times fresh. Also, they have crayfish, periwinkle –‘mfi’ and other products from the sea. In recent times some indigenes have gone into transportation business, establishment of cottage industries for the fabrication and production of some household utensils and farm tools. On the whole they are very enterprising, innovative and adventurous in nature.
Besides, Uyo people are property developers, craftsmen. They are also very enterprising, focused and proactive.