The state was
created may 27th, 1967 as the south-eastern
state, but re-named Cross River in February
1976. It got smaller when Akwa-Ibom state was
carved out of it in 1987. It has 18 local
government areas and shares boundaries with
Cameroon republic to the east, Akwa-Ibom and the
Atlantic ocean to the south, Benue state to the
north, Enugu and Abia states to the west. It has an estimated population of 2,888,966
people and the
state capital is Calabar.
Cross River state has three main language
groups; Bekwara, Efik and Ejagham. The groups
share a lot of cultural similarities such as the
traditional festivals and their ways of life.
The state has a predominantly agricultural
economy that is divided into private and public
sectors. The public sector is run by the
government while the private sector consist
mainly of the local subsistence farmers. The
state is blessed with abundant mineral resources
and a few of them include tin ore, limestone,
hard stone, titanium and ceramic raw materials.
Cross River state also has numerous tourist
attractions and these include; Agbokin
waterfalls, Etampim cave, Mary Siessor's tomb,
Obudu cattle ranch, Cross River national park,
Obubra lake, and old residency museum in
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