Imo is one of the 36 states of Nigeria and lies in the South East of Nigeria. Owerri is its capital and largest city. Its other major cities are Orlu and Okigwe. Located in the south-eastern region of Nigeria, it occupies the area between the lower River Niger and the upper and middle Imo River.
|Nickname(s): Eastern Heartland|
Location of Imo State in Nigeria
|Created||3 February 1976|
|• Governor||Rochas Anayo Okorocha (APC)|
|• Deputy Governor||Prince Eze Madumere|
|• Senators||Samuel Anyanwu
|• Total||5,530 km2 (2,140 sq mi)|
|Area rank||Ranked 34th|
|Population (2006 census)1|
|• Rank||13th of 36|
|• Total||$14.21 billion|
|• Per capita||$3,527|
|Time zone||WAT (UTC+01)|
|ISO 3166 code||NG-IM|
|^1 Preliminary results|
Imo State is bordered by Abia State on the East, River Niger and Delta State to the West, Anambra State on the North and Rivers State to the South. The state lies within latitudes 4°45'N and 7°15'N, and longitude 6°50'E and 7°25'E with an area of around 5,100 sq km.
The economy of the state depends primarily on agriculture and commerce.
Rivers and lakesEdit
The Orashi River has its source in Imo State. Imo River, being the major river in the State, drains through Abia State, where it is joined by Aba River from the North, and Akwa Ibom State into the Atlantic Ocean.:4 There are Njaba River, Oguta Lake, Utu River and Awbana River in the State. Otamiri River and its 9.2 km length tributary, Nworie River flow in the State.:4 There are other rivers and creeks in the state including Onas Creek in Ohaji/Egbema, Okitankwo River in Umudi, and Ohia and Efuru Rivers in Okigwe.:5
Imo's major towns include Isu, Okigwe, Oguta, Orlu, Atta Ikeduru, Akokwa, Mbaise, Mbaitoli, Mbieri, Ohaji/Egbema, Orodo, Nkwerre, Ubulu, Ngor Okpala, Omuma, Mgbidi, Awo-Omamma, Izombe, Orsu, Amaigbo and Mbano
Oil and gas explorationEdit
There are over 163 oil wells at over 12 different locations in the state. The main petroleum companies operating in the state are Addax Petroleum, Chevron Corporation, Royal Dutch Shell and Agip. Some of the established oil-rich local government councils include Ohaji/Egbema, Oguta, Oru East, Iho, Oru West, Obowo and Ngor Okpala.
Many investment opportunities exist in the state including oil and gas exploration, chemical plants, brewery plants, hydroelectric plants, gas-fired power plants, grain mills, starch production, cashews, fruit and vegetable juice concentrate production, integrated multi-oil seed processing plants, ceramics, Inland Waterway Transport, Integrated Palm Produce Industry et al.
Independent global brewer, Heineken through its subsidiary Nigerian Breweries has significant investment in Imo State. The company manages the world-class Awo-omamma Brewery, a multiple-line brewery plant.
Many more oil and gas opportunities are yet to be developed. The federal government has been called to inspect newly discovered oil-rich areas which might help foster economic development and job creation.
Industrial parks and processing zones to harness the huge agricultural produce and minerals would give a major boost to the state's economic growth and industrialization.
The chief occupation of the local people is farming but due to over-farming and high population density, the soil has greatly degraded. The cash crops include oil palm, raffia palm, rice, groundnut, melon, cotton, cocoa, rubber, maize, etc. Consumable crops such as yam, cassava, cocoyam and maize are also produced in large quantities.
An average annual temperature above 20 °C (68.0 °F) creates an annual relative humidity of 75%. With humidity reaching 90% in the rainy season. The dry season experiences two months of Harmattan from late December to late February. The hottest months are between January and March.
With high population density and over farming, the soil has been degraded and much of the native vegetation has disappeared.
Imo State came into existence in 1976 along with other new states created under the leadership of the late military ruler of Nigeria, Murtala Muhammad, having been previously part of East-Central State. The state is named after the Imo River. Part of it was split off in 1991 as Abia State, and another part became Ebonyi State. Imo state was created at Ngwoma and the meetings for the state creation which began after the Nigerian Civil War ended in 1970 were chaired by Chief S. E. Onukogu.
The state has a three-tier administrative structure: State, Local and Autonomous community levels. The three arms at state level are the Executive, the Legislative and the Judiciary. The executive arm is headed by an elected Governor who is assisted by a deputy governor, commissioners and executive advisers.
This is a list of administrators and Governors of Imo State since its creation.
|Name||Title||Took Office||Left Office||Party|
|Ndubuisi Kanu||Governor||Mar 1976||1977||(Military)|
|Adekunle Lawal||Governor||1977||Jul 1978||(Military)|
|Sunday Ajibade Adenihun||Governor||Jul 1978||Oct 1979||(Military)|
|Samuel Onunaka Mbakwe||Governor||1 Oct 1979||31 Dec 1983||NPP|
|Ike Nwachukwu||Governor||Jan 1984||Aug 1985||(Military)|
|Allison Amakoduna Madueke||Governor||Aug 1985||1986||(Military)|
|Anthony E. Oguguo||Governor||Aug 1990||Jan 1992||(Military)|
|Evan Enwerem||Governor||Jan 1992||Nov 1993||NRC|
|James N.J. Aneke||Administrator||9 Dec 1993||22 Aug 1996||(Military)|
|Tanko Zubairu||Administrator||22 Aug 1996||May 1999||(Military)|
|Achike Udenwa||Governor||29 May 1999||29 May 2007||PDP|
|Ikedi G. Ohakim||Governor||29 May 2007||29 May 2011||PPA / PDP|
|Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha||Governor||29 May 2011||To Date||APGA/APC|
The legislative arm is headed by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly who is currently speaker Rt. Hon. Ihenacho Ihim and his deputy, Rt. Hon. Ugonna Ozurigbo The remainder of the house is made up of elected legislators from the 27 LGAs of the state
The judiciary is made up of the high court of justice and customary court of appeal and is headed by the Chief Judge of the state.
- Agriculture and Natural Resources
- Industry and Tourism
- Works and Transport
- Youths and Sports
- Women Affairs
- Internal Resources and Pension Matters
- Local Government and Rural Development
- Happiness and Purpose Fulfilment
English and Igbo
Local Government AreasEdit
Imo State consists of twenty-seven (27) Local Government Areas. They are:
Smaller jurisdictions in the state may receive Township Status or Urban Status.
The state is over 4.8 million people and the population density varies from 230–1,400 people per square kilometre. Christianity is the predominant religion.
There are several institutions of higher learning including state and federal government run institutions. They are as follows:
Imo has produced a number of notable people in all walks of life, one of whom is Engr. Morgan K Orioha. Born on 2nd July 1981 in Umuezukwe, Awo-Omamma of Oru East Local Government Area. Morgan Kelechukwu Orioha is the fourth son of his parents. His father Mr Michael Orioha died in 2004, leaving behind Ezinne Beatrice Orioha (nee Obi) and other children. Morgan is married to Thelma Ogbejesi, a nurse. Both Engr. Morgan and Mrs Thelma Orioha now have two children. Nonetheless, Morgan attended St Anthony’s Primary School (now Umuezukwe Primary School), Awo-Omamma, one of the schools founded by the early missionaries.To acquire a post-primary education, he later proceeded to Bishop Shanahan Secondary School, Orlu, Imo. Owing to his father’s illness, Morgan received a financial support throughout his educational studies from his brothers, especially from Sir Herbert Orioha. Thus, in 2005, he bagged Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Anambra State University, Nigeria. He received his MSc in Mobile and Satellite Communications from the University of Glamorgan, the UK, in 2008.
Morgan is a liberal democrat. He became naturalised in the UK in December 2017. He is currently a member of Conservative Party of the UK. As a student leader, Morgan was Chairman of Faculty of Engineering Students (2002), Political Adviser to Student Union Government (SUG) President (2003), and presidential candidate in the annulled Anambra State University SUG election of 2004. He has served his community, Awo-omamma through, Awo-omamma Development Forum (ADF) - a community development organisation- in various capacities including as Chairman of the Publications and Award Committee, Editor of the Omamma Voice Magazine, and member of the Literature and Culture Promotion Committee. Morgan is a member of the Board of Directors of Forward Thinkers Foundation, a non-profit Nigerian organisation. He has served the organisation as Directors of Communications, and Finance respectively.
Morgan escaped bankruptcy in 2017 through an Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA). By 20th April 2017, his IVA proposal was approved by his creditors and the process commenced officially on 30th of April 2017. By 1st of March 2018, his creditors accepted the full and final settlement offer. On 8th March 2018, the full and final settlement offer was paid for closure of the debt management process.
- Chioma Ajunwa – 1996 Olympic gold long jumper
- Christy Opara - 1997/98 60 meters Fastest Woman in the world and 1992 Olympic Bronze medalist on Track and Field
- Nwankwo Kanu – National footballer
- Emmanuel Amunike – 1994 African Player of the Year and Olympic-winning soccer star
- Samuel Okwaraji – was a National Footballer (19 May 1964 – 12 August 1989)
- Prince Amukamara – Cornerback for the New York Giants
- Kelechi Iheanacho – Striker for Leicester City, U-17 World Cup winner and tournament's MVP (2013)
- Nnamdi Asomugha - Former Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles Cornerback
- Christian Okoye - Former running back for the Kansas City Chiefs
- Alban Uzoma Nwapa – Eurodance musician
- Christogonus Ezebuiro Obinna – Highlife musician
- Genevieve Nnaji – Nollywood actress
- John Munonye – Author
- Judith Chichi Opara Mazagwu - Nigerian actress, musician and businesswoman
- Kanayo O. Kanayo- Actor
- Clem Ohameze- Actor
- Obianuju Catherine Acholonu – Author
- Onyeka Nwelue- Author, scholar, actor, entrepreneur
- Onyeka Onwenu – Singer, actress and politician
- Osita Iheme – Actor
- Rita Dominic Nigerian actress
- Stephanie Okereke- Actress
- Charly Boy - Hip hop singer and Activist
- Chile Eboe-Osuji - Judge, International Court of Criminal Justice, Hague
- Pats Acholonu – Supreme Court Justice
- Christina Anyanwu – journalist and senator
- Kema Chikwe – former Minister of Aviation
- Evan Enwerem – former governor and former President of the Senate
- Ikedi Ohakim – former governor
- Rochas Okorocha – present governor
- Prince Eze Madumere - Present Deputy Governor
- Collins E. Ijoma – the youngest US Trial Court Administrator
- Daniel Kanu - Politician, Businessman and Philanthropist. Organizer of 2 Million Man March, largest gathering in History of Nigeria
- Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu – politician and businessman
- K. O. Mbadiwe – former Minister of Commerce and Industry
- Sam Mbakwe – former Governor
- Fabian Osuji – former Minister of Education
- Achike Udenwa – former Governor
- Maurice Iwu – former INEC chairman
- Chinwe Obaji – Professor and former Minister of Education
- Raymond Njoku - Former Minister of Transportation
- Ugonna Ozurigbo - Deputy Speaker, Imo State House of Assembly(2015-) & Member
- Chief Dr. Walter Ofonagoro - Former Minister of Information and Culture
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