|Land Area & Rank
||5,100 sq km (35)
||Feb. 3, 1976
||Owelle Rochas Okorocha, APC
|House of Assembly
||Owerri (capital), Oguta, Okigwe, Orlu, Mgbidi
||“Land of Hope”
Rank & Sex: 3,934,899 (14)
||Gov. Office: 234-83-230250
Abuja Liaison Office:
Plot 1240, Monrovia Street,
Off Aminu Kano Crescent,
Wuse II, P.M.B. 523,
Lagos Liaison Office:
Plot 1221B Bishop Oluwole St.
P.M.B. 5107, Lagos
Mobile: 0804 2130475
Fax: 01- 614213
|Local Government Areas
55, Mbaise Road
De Legend Hotels & Suites
Behind Imo State House of Assembly
Mobile: 0703 1078121
Imo Concorde Hotel
Off Port Harcourt Road
Tel: 234-83-300618, 300619, 231459, 231371
Links Hotels Limited
Plot 5043, New Owerri Commercial Area
Behind Imo State House of Assembly
Tel: 083230980, 083230849
Okigwe Road Roundabout
P.O.Box 1015, Owerri
Tel: 234-83-233599, 233684
Mount Royal Hotel
48, Owerri-Orlu Road,
Oguta Lake Motel
At independence in 1960, Imo state was part of the then
Eastern region of Nigeria. Also in 1967 when the
Gen.Yakubu Gowon administration created East Central
State, Imo State, then Owerri province was made part of it.
Imo state as it is today was created by the late Gen.
Murtala Mohammed administration on February 3, 1976
from East Central State. At creation, it had seventeen local
governments. The state is made up of the Igbo
homogeneous ethnic tribe and strategically located in the
heart of the nine eastern states; this makes it easily
accessible by other surrounding states. The state derives its
name from the Imo River.
On August 27, 1991 Abia State
was created out of Imo State. In 1983, the state made
history when the First Private University Imo Technical
University; Imerienwe near Owerri was established by Dr.
Basil Nnanna Ukegbu. The university was nontheless shut
down a short while by the then Federal Military
Government proscription order of private universities,
announced on February 10, 1984 by Gen. Tunde Idiagbon.
In the East is Abia State, on the
North is Anambra State, on the Northwest and South-west
is river Niger.
Imo state is entirely within the fertile basin
of the tropical rain forest zone with its accompanying
climatic influence. The Topography is undulating in the
south, rising gradually toward the North and North-East
resulting in the Okigwe rolling hills. The main rivers are
Imo River, Otamiri, Oramirikwa, Njaba and Ulasi. The
major lakes are Ogua and Abadaba located in Oguta and
Two main seasons are experienced in the state:
Rain season; April to September and dry season; October
to March. A period of dry, cold and dusty wind known as
“Harmattan” occurs between December and January.
As at 2001, the state has 1,222 primary
schools with 770,760 enrollment and 14,428 teachers. In
the post primary school, the state has 304 secondary
schools with student enrollment of 159,428 and 7,597
teachers. The state also has one college of agriculture, one
college of education, one polytechnic and one state
TVibrant and highly industrious people. An
average Igbo man is a businessman. While some of the
work forces are employed by the state, others are engaged
in small and medium scale manufacturing. It's a common
saying that Nigerian made goods are “Igbo made”. Imo
state is one of the oil producing states; opportunities
abound in the petroleum sector which could transcend into
localizations of industries. The state has more than 163 oil
Before the oil boom, agriculture constituted
the major sustenance of the economy of the entire eastern
region, accounting for the region's export earnings and this
was largely from palm produce from 1947-1967. The state
produces both food and cash crops: Food crops: yam,
cassava, rice, cocoyam and maize. Cash crops: oil palm,
rubber, sugar cane, cashew, cocoa and various types of
Petroleum, clay, salt
deposits, natural gas, lead/zinc, limestone and navigable
Festus Odumegwu, administrator. Pascal
Dozie, banker. Aloy Ejiogu, academician. George
Umunnakwe, administrator. Emma Agu, publisher. Jude
Ememe, banker. Pini Jason, Journalist. Emmanuel
Iwuanyanwu, Publisher/Politician. Austin Obigwe, banker.
Comfort Obi, Journalist. Arthur Nzeribe Politician. Onyeka
Onwenu (Ms) Musician. George Irechukwu, banker. Mobi
Oparaku, footballer. Charles Oputa (Charly boy),
entertainer. Chika Mbonu, banker. Chris Anyanwu (Ms)
journalist. Evan Enwerem, Politician (Senate President-
June-November 1999). Dan Ngerem, Sport administrator.
Amanze Obi, Journalist. Chioma Ajunwa (Ms), athlete.
Saint Obi, actor. Sandra Achums, actress. Leo Stan Ekeh,
businessman. Kenneth Nnebue, film producer. Willie
Anumudu, businessman. Sam Mbakwe, Politician. A.C.
Achusim, Clergy. Humphrey Anumudu, businessman.
Kanayo Kanayo, actor. Hope Uzodinma, businessman.
Nicholas Onwumere, businessman. Tom Njemanze, actor.
Charles Ugwuli, businessman. Dr. Alban, Musician. Kema
Chikwe, politican. Rochas Okorocha, politican. Okey
Bakassi, actor/comedian. Eucharia Anunobi, actress.
Genevieve Nnaji, actress.