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Location: Ibeno Local Government Area is located at the South end of Akwa Ibom State, occupying a vast coastal area of over 1,200 sq. km. It stretches from Okposo I at the eastern flank, bordering Mbo Local Government Area and Bakassi Pennisula to Atabrikang village on its Western flank. It is bounded in the South by the Atlantic Ocean and shares border with Eket, Esit Eket, Onna and Eastern Obolo local government areas.

Representative: Hon. Okpolupm Ikpong Etteh


Hon (madam) Regina Egbe Egbe

She was born in August 1952 in Ibeno and had her primary education between 1957 and 1963. She attended two secondary schools, namely: Mary Haney Secondary School, Oron (1966 - 1968), and Eastern Nsit Secondary School, Odot (1968 -1970).

Unlike many girls then, who were denied access to higher education, Hon. Regina enrolled in the then College of Education, now University of Uyo, where she bagged a Bachelor`s degree in Education B.A(ED), in 1982. After graduation, she served the nation through the National Youths Service Corps scheme in 1976.

She has had a great teaching career from 1977 to 2006. She taught variously in Etinan Institute (1971`- 1979), C.C.C. Uyo (1982-1984), Lutheran High School, Obot Idim (1984-1988), St. Theresa`s Sec. School, Edem Ekpat (1988-1990), Comprehensive Secondary School, Ndiya (1990-1994), Community Secondary Grammar School, Ikot Akpabio, Etinan (1994-1997), and Secondary Grammar School, Ibeno (1998-2004). In her teaching career, she had risen to the position of Principal, from 1994- 2006.

She has also served membership in various bodies such as NCWS, Ibeno Chapter as vice- president; Ibeno Women Forum, executive member; WITFGIRL, Ibeno Chapter, secretary; Sisters` Keepers Club of Nigeria, national president; ANCOPSS, Eket Zone, secretary; and ANCOPSS Akwa Ibom State Executive as assistant editor.

Hon. Egbe also served as the Secretary of Ibeno Oil Spill Committee from 1998-1999.

A Local Government Building

Ibeno Local Government Area was created out of the defunct Uquo-Ibeno Local Government Area on December 4, 1996 by the Federal government instrument.

Before the creation of Uquo-Ibeno Local Government Area, the people of Ibeno were in Eket Local Government Area – Ibeno Edoh, Uquo Ibeno respectively. Ibeno Local Government Area has thus graduated from being part of Eket local government area to part of Ibeno-Edor with headquarters at Inua-Eyet Ikot. Ibeno (now defunct) to being part of Uquo Ibeno with headquarters at Uquo (now headquarters of Esit Eket Local Government Area) to a distinct and separate local government area, Ibeno Local Government Area with headquarters at Upenekang. It is one of the 31 local government areas in Akwa Ibom State.

Ibeno people are basically of the Obolo/Andoni origin. The common dialect of Ibeno people is Ibeno/Obolo language prominently spoken by Ibeno and Eastern Obolo people in Akwa Ibom State. The people also enjoy an active aquatic life.

Ibeno people are rich in cultural heritage. The people have many age-long traditional institutions like Ekpe, Obon, Uke, Ekong, Akata, Eka-Ebitu, Ubom Isong, Oluo, Ikini and the age-grade system is highly recognized and practiced in Ibeno.


* Source: 2006 National Census

Recent Projects  Profile

  • Renovation of lbeno Local Government Secretariat
  • Upenekang Water Project
  • Iwo-achang Water Project.

IBENO In The News
Feb, 12 2014: Impediments to Quick Dispensation of Justice Uprooted...more
Nov, 11 2013: Gov. Akpabio Due in Ibeno on Tuesday On a Working Visit...more
Mar, 12 2011: Akpabio Charges Federal Government on Roads...more
Aug, 17 2010: Gov. Akpabio`s Reaction to Ibeno Flood Disaster, A Case in Time!...more
Aug, 4 2010: NAPTIP Assured of Partnership With AKS...more
Oct, 21 2009: Ibeno Marks 13th Anniversary December 4...more
Oct, 20 2009: NDDC Charged to Focus on More Development Projects...more
Mar, 6 2009: UNICEF Donates Items to State Govt....more

Ibeno occupies the largest Atlantic coastline of more than 129 km. in Akwa Ibom State.

Located in the mangrove swamp forest, the area has rain throughout the year with the peak between May and September. The climatic condition in Ibeno is favourable all year round for fishing and farming.
They have a dialect that seems slightly different from the general lbibio language, even as lbibio language is understood by all and freely spoken.
The prime occupation of the people is fishing. However, farming and petty trading enjoy appreciative notice.

The presence of oil exploration activities by oil giant Exxon Mobil and other service companies influence activities both upstream and downstream.

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