We set the pace for others to follow
|Date created||29 May 1989|
|• Local Government Chairman||Chief Odiari Princewill (PDP)|
|• Deputy Local Government Chairman||Tekena Daphne Wokoma (PDP)|
|• Local Government Council||Ward 1: Telema P. George (PDP)|
Ward 2: Prince Batubo (PDP)
Ward 3: Osifamabia Telema Princewill (PDP)
Ward 4: Amieyeofori Ernest Harry (PDP)
Ward 5: Gold Gift Horsfall (PDP)
Ward 6: Nyo West (PDP)
Ward 7: Soibibo Tams Horsfall (PDP)
Ward 8: Tamunomiete Atkinson Jackreece (PDP)
Ward 9: Owanate Aforma West (PDP)
Ward 10: Rachael Taylor Harry (PDP)
Ward 11: Martins Kombo Obene (PDP)
Ward 12: Fyneface Reginald Opakirite (PDP)
Ward 13: Obufiya Sukubo (PDP)
|• Land||44 sq mi (113 km2)|
|• Density||7,080/sq mi (2,733/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (WAT)|
|Nigeria Postal Code|
Asari-Toru Local Government Area was created out of the old Degema Local Government Area on May 16, 1989, under the Hon. Eziwoke Wokoma. The inhabitants are of a common language which is the “Kalabari” speaking nationality, with ancestral origin and beliefs.
Asari-Toru is the “Seat” of the Ancestral Stool of the Kalabari Speaking Dynasty which cuts across Akuku-Toru and Degema Local Government Areas.
The Local Government Area upon creation presently encompasses Seventeen (17) Communities namely: Buguma, Abalama, Abiama, Angulama, Atuka, Ido, Ifoko, Illelema, Krakrama, Minama, Okpo, Omekweama, Omekwetariama, Oporoama, Sama, Agama, Tema. Buguma City is the Headquarters of the Local Government Area and Seat of the King of Kalabari Kingdom: His Royal Majesty, King (Prof.) T.J.T Princewill, Abbi the XI, Amayanabo of Kalabari Kingdom.
These communities have been grouped into thirteen (13) electoral wards, ten (10) of these wards are within the capital, Buguma City; while the remaining are grouped into Isia Group I, Isia Group II and West Central Group.
The local government area has an estimated area of 113 km2 and a population of 308,800 by projection of March 21, 2016