Cross River State
- Capital : Calabar
- Website : www.crossriverstate.gov.ng
- Governor : Benedict Ayade
- ISO 3166 code : NG-CR
Created on May 27, 1967, Cross River state covers a total area of 20,156 km2 (7,782 sq mi) and has a total population of 2,882,988 as at the 2006 census. With an average population density of 93/km2 (240/sq mi) and a total GDP (2010) of $9,292 Million, at $3,150 Per Capita.
Cross River is a famous tourism state in Nigeria. Located in the South-Southern Nigeria, Cross River has boundaries with Benue State in the north, Akwa-Ibom State and the Atlantic Ocean in the south, Enugu and Abia States in the west and Cameroon Republic in the east.
Cross River State economy is predominantly agricultural. The main crops are cassava, yams, rice, plantain, banana, cocoyam, maize, cocoa, rubber, groundnut and palm produce. Major livestock in the State are cattle, goats and sheep. Rearing activities are mainly undertaken by local farmers and nomadic Fulanis, except in Obanliku at the Obudu Cattle Ranch where organised cattle ranching takes places. The raising of poultry, pigs, rabbits and turkeys is carried out on a commercial scale in some parts of the State but mainly in Calabar Municipality.
Mineral resources in Cross River State include limestone, titanium, tin ore, ceramic raw materials and hardstone.
Benedict Ayade is a Nigerian politician who was elected Governor for Cross River in 9 April 2015 national elections, running on the People's Democratic Party (PDP) platform.