- Capital : Makurdi
- Website : www.benuestate.gov.ng
- Governor : Samuel Ortom
- ISO 3166 code : NG-BE
Created on 3 February, 1976, Benue state covers a total area of 34,059 km2 (21,163 sq mi) and has a total population of 5,181,642 as at the 2006 census. With an average population density of 95/km2 (250/sq mi) and a total GDP (2010) of $6,864 Million, at $1,592 Per Capita.
Benue, an agrarian state in Nigeria named after the famous Benue River. Located in the North-Central Nigeria, Benue has boundaries with Nassarawa State in the north, Cross River and Enugu States in the south, Kogi State in the west and Taraba States in the east.
Benue State experiences a typical tropical climate with two distinct seasons, the wet or rainy season and the dry season. The south eastern part of the state adjoining the Obudu-Cameroon mountain range has a cool climate similar to that of the Jos Plateau.
Benue is endowed with minerals such as Limestone, Gypsum, Anhydride, Kaolin, natural Gas, Salt, Petroleum Oil, Lead and Zinc, Barytes, Clay, Coal, Calcite, Germstones and Magnetite. Benue state is acclaimed the nation's "food basket" because of its rich and diverse agricultural produce which include yams, rice, beans, cassava, potatoes, maize, soya beans, sorghum, millet and coco-yam. It also boasts of one of the longest stretches of river systems in the country with great potential for a viable fishing industry, dry season farming through irrigation and for an inland water way.
Chief Dr. Samuel Ioraer Ortom (born 23 April 1961, Guma Local Government Area of Benue State, Nigeria) is a Nigerian industrialist, farmer, businessman, politician, philanthropist, administrator and employer, . He was enrolled into the St. John's Primary School, Gboko in 1970 but moved to St. Catherine's Primary School, Makurdi in 1974 where he completed primary education in 1976. Chief Dr. Ortom was admitted into Idah Secondary Commercial College, Idah in Kogi State in 1976. He did two years in the school before his father's retirement in 1979 brought an abrupt end to his dream of completing formal secondary school education on account of inability to pay school fees. Shortly before this happened, he had given his life to Jesus Christ. However, instead of idling away at home to mourn his fate he girded his loins and got into the Gboko motor park as a tout