Saturday, 21 May 2016

What youneed to know about the city of Uyo?

Aerial View of Uyo

Uyo is a city and local government area in south-south Nigeria and is the capital of Akwa Ibom State, a major oil producing state . The town became the capital of Akwa Ibom State on September 23, 1987 following the creation of Akwa Ibom State from erstwhile Cross River State. The University of Uyo resides in this town. The population of Uyo, according to the 2006 Nigerian Census which comprises Uyo and Itu, is 436,606. while the urban area, including Uruan, is 554,906.

Uyo Metropolis
Motto: Land of Promise
Uyo is located in Nigeria
Coordinates: 5°2′N 7°55′ECoordinates: 5°2′N 7°55′E
Country  Nigeria
State Akwa Ibom
 • Type State Capital Territory
 • Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel
 • Land 115 km2 (44 sq mi)
 • Metro 168 km2 (65 sq mi)
Population (2006 census)[1]
 • City 436,606
 • Density 1,400/km2 (4,000/sq mi)
 • Metro 554,906
Time zone WAT (UTC+1)
Area code(s) 085
Vehicle registration UYY

The city can be accessed by road via the A342 highway, as well as Abak Road, Nwaniba Road, Itu Road, and Aka Road. Nearby airports include the Akwa Ibom International Airport at Okobo and Margaret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar.

Uyo is a fast-growing city, as it has witnessed some infrastructural growth in the past nine years. It has an intensive network of roads such as the IBB Way, Atiku Abubakar Avenue, Udo Udoma Avenue, Nsikak Eduok Avenue, and Edet Akpan Avenue which is an eight-lane superhighway and currently the widest road in Uyo.

Transportation in Uyo is mainly by Tricycles, popularly known as Keke in the Urban Areas and Motor Bike called Alaluk in Ibibio in the Rural Areas like interior villages.


Uyo is home to the University of Uyo, formerly known as the University of Cross River State. Its name was changed in 1991,when the government of Nigeria established it as a federal university. This school has various campuses in Uyo such as; Town Campus and Annex Campus in Ikpa Road, Permanent Site/Main Campus in Nwanibia Road, UYTH/Medical Campus at Abak Road and Ime Umana Campus at Ediene-Abak.

Uyo also houses various secondary schools; both public and privately owned.

Godswill Akpabio International Stadium at Uyo

Godswill Akpabio International Stadium at Uyo

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