- Eket is a major city and second largest in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria after Uyo, the state capital. The city itself has a population of 263,342 residents while the Eket LGA, including Eket Township, Ibeno, Qua Ibo and other small towns combined is over 800,000 in population. An industrial city, in recent years the city has became a conurbation, sprawling outwards to include former separate villages. Eket also refers to an ethnic group living in this region and their language. An oil refinery is currently under construction in the outskirts of the city along the Oron road. The city has a stadium complex, an airstrip as well as other infrastructures of importance. It also has a number of hotels such as Villa Marina, Royalty Hotels,, Crystal Palace Hotel, Roseboom Hotels, and others. Eket due to its industrial nature is a relatively expensive city. The government has plans of upgrading the city by the provision of further major roads in the city and the construction of housing estates. In the 1990s, western environmentalists were concerned over the activities of oil exploitation in and around Eket, such as Shell and Mobil. The area is now newly "oil-rich" and Eket is the thriving hub of a new oil and gas business, with more than 250 companies providing support services such as catering, flights, and exports.
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- Eket, Nigeria
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