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Name

Derived from the most prominent geographical feature, the River Benue, the second largest river in Nigeria.

Location

North Central of Nigeria with a total land mass of about 30,955 square kilometres bounded by 5 other states – Nassarawa (North), Taraba (East), Cross River (South), Enugu (South West) and Kogi (West).

Population

Approximately 5 million by 2009 estimate/ projection on a 2.8% growth rate. Benue State has 23 Local Government Areas.

Topography

Lies in undulating plains with occasional elevations of 150-300 meters above sea level.

Culture

Rich and diverse cultural heritage ably promoted by the State Cultural Arts Troupe who have won national and international awards.

Soil

Sandy loam, sheaves basement complex and alluvial plains coupled with location in the traditional zone between the North and South ecologies. Favourable rainfall accounts for its capacity to support a variety of crops. 

The state's immense agricultural potential has earned it the official recognition as the “Food Basket of the Nation”.

Climate

Tropical hinterland with two distinct seasons with the rainy season recording 750-1500 mpa.  Temperatures are between 23-35° C.

Infrastructure

Improved Electricity, portable water, telephone, postal services, and road network.

Transportation

Easily accessible by land, water, air and rail.  The state capital boasts of a Military/Civilian Airport.

Security

Safe and secured investment destination, free from major religious, political, and ethnic strives.