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Gwer East Local Government Area

Gwer-East was created in 1976 by the then regime of General Murtala Mohammed, home to the Masev people.

Headquarters:

Aliade

Landmass:

2,294 km2

Geographical location:

The land is located Southwest of Tar-Tiv, and occupies an area of about 8o and 9o east of the greenish meridian.

Population:

163,647 at the 2006 census

Districts:

  1. Yonov,
  2. Njiriv, and
  3. Ngyohov.

Council Wards:

Gwer has 17 council wards

Boundaries:

It shares boundaries with seven other local government areas:

West:

  1. Ityoshin people of Gwer-West Local Government Area;
  2. Mbakar people of Tarka Local Government Area, and
  3. Shangev-Tiev people of Konshisha Local Government Area.

South:

  1. Igede people of Oju Local Government Area,
  2. Igede people Obi Local Government Area,
  3. Idoma people of Otukpo Local Government Areas.

The area stretches from a line to a few miles of Makurdi Local Government Area and Abinsi to within five and six miles of Otukpo Local Government Area. It therefore embraces the present boundaries of Gwer East Local Government Area and Makurdi Local Government Area of Benue State.

Religion:

And finally, there are a varied denominations of religions: Christians and Muslims inclusive all co-existing side by side.

Rivers:

The area is gently undulating and covered with fairly thick orchard bush, small rivers and streams such as:

  1. Gwer,
  2. Gbaya,
  3. Uhugh,
  4. Fete,
  5. Mu,
  6. Ujilagbo and many others.

which are all tributaries of River Benue.

Transportation:

Gwer is served with motorable roads that link the area to all major settlements within and outside Benue Valley, for example Konshisha Local Government Area, Gboko Local Government Area, Taraba, Otukpo Local Government Area, Enugu, Makurdi Local Government Area, Federal Capital Abuja and so on.

The Nigerian Eastern railway also passes through the area with stations at Taraku, Moi-Igbo, Kinga and Agana.

Mineral resources/deposit:

There are a variety of mineral deposits in the area; some of these include:

  1. Salt at Mbayom,
  2. Hard-core stones, and
  3. Laterite at Mbasombo.

Clay is also found in virtually all three major districts.

Economic Organizations:

Agriculture:

Farming which is the dominant occupation is practised by the majority. The plains, unlike the hills, offer large opportunities for extensive farming which has become imperative because of the rapid growth in population.

Crops produce:

  1. Yam,
  2. Corn,
  3. Soya beans,
  4. Millet,
  5. Tobacco,
  6. Beniseed

Which are used as cash and consumable items.

Livestock farming:

There is also Livestock farming which also features prominently in Gwer-East economic organization. Importance is attached to the possession and rearing of livestock such as Goats, Sheep, Cattle, Chicken because it is a sure method of obtaining wealth.

Trading:

Trading is another feature in Gwer. As a result, markets have been established in different parts of the local government.

Craft making and smiting:

Craft making and smiting is part of Industrial life. Blacksmiths are known for their handiwork of designing hoes, axes, arrowheads, and cutlasses, used for failing of trees, cultivation as well as tilling the ground. The arrowheads are used in hunting and during war.

The Industrial life is further boosted by the famous Taraku Mills Limited, big oil and flow producing company, now leased to foreign managers.

The exchanges of these items between the Gwer people and their neighbours – the Igedes, Idomas, the Udam people, as well as their Tiv neighbours in Ihyarev in Gwer West Local Government Area, Ugambe in Konshisha Local Government Area  all contribute to sustain the economic growth of Gwer-East.

Also view: Gwer Local Government Traditional Council