Vandeikya

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Vandeikya local government was created on 28th August 1976 sequel to the National Local Government Reforms of 1976. The local government has a landmass of 183,939/68 square metres, with a population of well over 532,881 (1999 projected).

he local government is located in the South Eastern part of Benue State and shares boundaries with Obudu and Ogaja local government councils in cross river state and Konshisha, Kwande and Ushongo local governments in Benue State. There are twelve administrative council/wards.

Vandeikya local government council is rich in agricultural produce namely: rice, sweet potatoes, sorghum, citrus, cassava, bananas, spices, tomatoes, pepper of various types, palm oil and palm products. The local government has wide Fadama area and good arable land for sheep and cattle rearing. Already, the federal government has established sheep grazing area in Ningev Council Ward of the Local Government.

The Local government council is endowed with industrial potentials such as starch and glucose production, fruit juice extraction, vegetable oil, bottling of palm wine and solid minerals (zinc), barite, kaolin, rutile, etc. The local government experiences a short dry season (November - March) and long wet season (April - October) which represent low and high rainfall respectively. Investors coming to Vandeikya local government can therefore establish industries without fear of shortage of raw materials.

More so with other infrastructural facilities available to aid investment. These include the Trunk ‘A’ federal highway that links Cross-River State through Ogoja to Katsina-Ala and other parts of the North like Taraba, Adamawa, Yobe and Borno States. Others include Tse-Mker, Ihugh and Gboko, Tse Agberagba and Ankar, Vandeikya and Obudu in Cross River States respectively. Electricity supply from the national grid spearheaded by communal efforts extends to Vandeikya township, Chi village and Tsar. Also in place is a modern general hospital, missionary hospital as well as local government clinics spread all over the pipe line. Through the state water supply programme, Vandeikya local government now enjoys pipe borne water.

The local government has two major market - Ihugh and Agbo, that are viable, other include Tsar, Koti-Yough and Gbem. These are rated as second class markets. Other markets that supplement the revenue potentials of the major markets ae Dagba, Betse, Agidi Mbakena, Anhyla, Agu, Sambo, Pev, Taatihi, Adeiyongo, Tor Tiv, Mede, Anongo and Ugba markets. These sources generate substantial internal revenue for the local government.

The people of Vandeikya local government are the descendants of one great ancestor called Achira or Jechira. The second name of Jechira is Ikyor who had three sons. The brothers usually met on top of the rock across Aya River in Vandeikya to discuss matters of common interest. The common venue is known as Vandeikya or the rock settlement of baboons or monkeys as is evident on the logo of the local government. Vandeikya town derives its name from this. It has formed one of the biggest tourist attractions in the area. Monkeys are always seen playing on this rock. Other tourists centres include high hills at Mbaduka, Mbayongo, Anwo lange in Mbagera as well as a quarry centre at Anzi in Mbakyaha council ward etc. There are also decent hotels in the local government such as motel president, Kyabiz Hiltop Hotel, K. A. & Sons Hotel, Agberagba Guest House, Agbatar Guest House, Limited House, Mbapinen Guest House etc.

Hon. Dennis Akura