Obudu is a popular name on people’s lips in Nigeria. However, even with how popular this destination is, there are still a couple of things that are misconceived or unknown about the place. To fill in the gap, Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares 5 things you probably didn’t know about Obudu.
It’s a Local Government Area and Town
Once the name ‘Obudu’ is mentioned, a number of people assume it’s the Obudu Mountain Resort that is either being referred to or being shortened to the form ‘Obudu’. However, this is not always the case. Obudu is actually a Local Government Area and town in Cross River State, Nigeria, that features the Obudu Mountain Resort (formerly called Obudu Cattle Ranch) among other features and recreational facilities.
It Has a Dam
The town of Obudu is downstream from the Obudu Dam which provides recreational facilities for people in the area. The dam is located within the Obudu crystalline basement plateau and was commissioned in 1999 for use in farm irrigation, fishing, and for recreational and tourism purposes.
It has a Plateau
The Obudu plateau is found on the Oshie Ridge of the Sankwala Mountain range in Cross River State. The Obudu Mountain Resort (formerly called Obudu Cattle Ranch) was developed on this plateau. The plateau is found in the Obanliku local government area of Cross River state and is a giant massif spread over an area of over 40 square miles and rises to about 5200 ft above sea level, with its peak reaching to a height of about 1,716 metres above sea level. The plateau is known to a habitat of rare species of birds.
It Hosts an International Mountain Race
It called the Obudu Ranch International Mountain Race and it’s an annual mountain running competition that takes place in late November in Obudu. The race is known as the ‘World’s Richest Mountain Race’ because it has the largest total prize money available of any mountain race. The race is an associate member race of the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) and endorsed by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF). However, in 2015, due to huge financial challenges the government of the state indefinitely suspended the race.
It has a Nearby Airstrip
The Airstrip is called Bebi Airstrip. It’s an airstrip serving Bebi in Nigeria and it also serves as the airport for the Obudu Mountain Resort. It’s runway is 18 kilometers east of the town of Obudu and the airstrip primarily serves as the aviation gateway to the Obudu Ranch resort. This makes Cross River state the only state in Nigeria with a flight route connecting two operational airports within the state.
Buhari Trusts Women More Than Men — Garba Shehu
Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, has disclosed that his principal trusts women more than men.
The Presidential Spokesperson disclosed this while making an appearance in an NTA programme on Friday May 29. When asked if President Buhari would appoint more women in his government, Shehu said;
“This is a prayer you are making and I join you in prayer, I support you. I think he should get more women.”
“In any case, do you know that all his ministers of finance have been women.
“Let me say this, I hope I don’t get myself into trouble. He is more trusted of women than men, because he has given this country… all these years, all the country’s money is in the hands of women and they kept it safely. And they are doing well.”
Garba Shehu also revealed that the President spends time with his grandchildren during his leisure, and usually takes a walk as a form of exercise.
He added: “The president watches television, he watches wild life, he does watch NTA promptly as much as he can.
“And the president enjoys being with little ones, he has a number of grand children and he is entertained by them all the time.
“He takes a walk around the house and in a way, exercises himself.”
There are only seven women among President Buhari’s 43 ministers.
Buhari Has Done Well In Power Supply, Food Sufficiency, Security — FG
The Federal Government on Friday said President Muhammadu Buhari, has put the country on an irreversible road to development in the last one year.
It said the country had never witnessed such positive steps in a short time.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated these in Abuja at a press conference to mark the first year of Buhari’s second term in office.
He said, “The past one year has been momentous for Nigeria, as the President has taken some actions, mostly bold and highly visionary, that have now put Nigeria on an irreversible road to sustainable development.
“Never in the history of Nigeria have so many positive steps been taken in so short a time as Mr. President has done in the past one year.”
The minister listed some of the gains of the administration as power supply, food sufficiency, enhanced security, increased revenue, infrastructural development among others.
Buhari Came To ‘Steal, Kill, Destroy’ — Fani-Kayode
A former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has described the five years of President Muhammadu Buhari as “disastrous.”
He disagreed with Special Adviser to Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, whose weekly column argued the President’s emergence, saved the nation from collapse in 2015.
Fani-Kayode, on his verified twitter handle, said Buhari’s emergence has plunged the nation into deeper abyss.
Responding directly to Adesina’s tweet, the former Minister said: “Not so my friend. The emergence of Buhari in 2015 annihilated Nigeria and plunged her into darkness, death and destruction.
“He came to steal, kill and destroy and for the last disastrous 5 years that is all he has done.”
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