Benue state was created on 3 February 1976. It was one of the seven new states created by the military administration headed by late General Murtala Mohammed, which increased the number of states in the federation from twelve to nineteen. The state derives its name from the River Benue, which is the second largest river in the country and is reputed to have the largest fresh water reserve in Nigeria.

The state borders Nasarawa State to the North, Taraba State to the East, Cross River State to the South, Enugu State to the South West and Kogi to the West. It also shares international boundary to the Republic of Cameroon to the South East.

It is nicknamed “Food Basket of the Nation” as a result of its competitive advantage in agriculture. The state produces 70% of Nigeria’s Soybean and it’s the largest producer of fruit concentrate and cassava in Nigeria.

Benue State Snapshot

  • Total land area: 30,800 Km2
  • Capital: Makurdi
  • Local Government Areas: 23 LGAs: Ado, Agatu, Apa, Buruku, Gboko, Guma, Gwer, Gwer-West, Katsina-Ala, Konshisha, Kwande, Logo, Makurdi, Obi, Ogbadibo, Ohimini, Oju, Okpokwu, Otukpo, Tarka, Ukum, Ushongo, Vandeikya.
  • Population: 6,096,869 (Male- 3,109,403 and Female- 2,987,466)
  • Vegetation: Rain forest and Guinea savannah
  • Major crops: Yams, Rice, Beans, Cassava, Potatoes, Maize, Soya Beans, Sorghum, Millet, Cocoyam, Sesame, Melon, Groundnut, Tomato.
  • Solid minerals: Kaolin, Limestone, Barytes, Gemstone, Gypsum, Feldspar, Wolframite

There are three agricultural zones in Benue state: Northern Zone: comprising of Buruku, Makurdi, Gwer-West, Gboko, Guma, Gwer East and Tarka Local Government Areas. Central Zones: Comprise of Ado, Obi, Agatu, Apa, Ogbadibo, Ohimini, Okpokwu, Oju and Otukpo Local Government Areas.

Main Investment Opportunities

Opportunities for investment exist in:

  • Agribusiness
  • Light Manufacturing
  • Healthcare
  • Tourism
  • Energy
  • Mining