History Of Nsit-Atai LGA, Akwa Ibom State

Nsit Atai Local government area was created in the year 1996 with its capital at Odot by the government of president Ibrahim Babangida. It has an area of out of an about 17,000 square kilometers, with 62 villages


Nsit Atai is located in south east Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria and is a local government area of Akwa Ibom state. It is approximately 50 kilometers from Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom state. It is bounded in the north by Uruan, in the east by Okobo, in the west by Ibesikpo Asutan Ekpe Local Government Area. It is on the Coordinates: 4°51′0″N 8°01′0″E

Government and politics

  • Representative:Rt.Hon. Mark Esset
  • Paramount Ruler:HRH Edidem Peter Okon Effiong
  • Chairman: Rt.Hon.Emem Ibanga


The current chairman of Nsit Atai local Government Area is Rt.Hon.Emem Ibanga. She is the first female chairman of the local Government Area and a two term Chairman. She is from Ikot Akpabio Village in Afaha Ndisiak which is a sub-clan of the Afaha clan. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and public administration.


Nsit Atai People are Ibibio outlined extraction with Ibibio language as the main spoken language. Cultural influences include Ekpo, Ekong, Eko-ong Utah, Egre and other traditional dances.


According to the 2006 census result, Nsit Atai has a population of 37,318 male and 74,595 females. This is a total of 101,915 people.


Nsit Atai Local Government Area has decent levels of educational institutions. They are pre-primary, primary and secondary schools. There are 13 pre-primary schools, 25 primary schools, 9 secondary schools and 26 adult education centers. Most of the schools are in decaying and deplorable conditions. The teacher to student ratio is 1:50 students per class.


Nsit Atai has one comprehensive health care center, one primary health center and two health posts. Some of the centers have been adequately equipped in terms of physical structures, facilities/equipment and personnel.

Natural Resources

Mineral resources include crude oil deposits, commercial quantity of salt and high quality clay.

Agricultural resources include plantain oil palm and palm produce. There is a preponderance of hardwood, timber, and wildlife. Agriculture provides employment and means of livelihood to the people of Nsit Atai. The land is generally fertile but the fertility rate is very low due to continuous activities which results in low productivity, income and low standard of living.


Most people have jobs as farmers and sundry traders

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