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Imo State
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Capital Owerri
Land Area & Rank 5,100 sq km (35)
Year Created Feb. 3, 1976
Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha, APC
Deputy Gov Eze Madumere
L.G.A 27
House of Assembly 27
Major Areas/Towns Owerri (capital), Oguta, Okigwe, Orlu, Mgbidi
Local Dialects Igbo
Motto “Land of Hope”
Population 2006 Census:
Rank & Sex: 3,934,899 (14)
Male: 2,032,286
Female: 1,902,613
Contact Phone Gov. Office: 234-83-230250
SSG: 234-83-230284
Info: 234-83-230186
Liason Office Abuja Liaison Office:
Plot 1240, Monrovia Street,
Off Aminu Kano Crescent,
Wuse II, P.M.B. 523,
Garki, Abuja.
Tel: 09-4130224
Fax: 09-4130225
E-mail: imoliaisonabuja@hotmail.com

Lagos Liaison Office:
Plot 1221B Bishop Oluwole St.
Victoria Island
P.M.B. 5107, Lagos
Tel: 01-2629052
Mobile: 0804 2130475
Fax: 01- 614213
Local Government Areas
LGA Headquarter
Aboh Mbaisei Aboh
Ahiazu Mbaise Afor oru
Ehime Mbano Ehime
Ezinihitte Itu
Ideato north Urualla
Ideato south Dikenafai
Ihitte Uboma Isi Nweke
Ikeduru Iho
Isiala Mbano Umuelemai
Isu Umundugba
Mbaitoli Nwaorieubi
Ngor-Okpala Umuneke Ngor
Njaba Nnenasa
Nkwere Nkwere
Nwangele Amaigbo
Obowo Otoko
Oguta Oguta
Ohaji/Egbema Nmahu Egbema
Okigwe Okigwe
Onuimo Okwe
Orlu Orlu
Orsu Awo Idemili
Oru East Umuma
Oru West Mgbidi
Owerri Municipal Owerri
Owerri North Orie Uratta
Owerri West Umuguma
Hotels & Tourism

Important places: Abadaba Lake at Obowo, Uboma fishing pond in Ihitte Uboma LGA. Confluence of Otamir/Nworie River at Owerri. The Rolling Hills of Okigwe. Oguta Lake and Oguta golf course. Mbari Cultural Centre in Owerri, Igwekala Shrine of Umunneoha in Mbaitoli. Palm Beach village at Awo Omamma, Nekede Zoo, Monkey Colony at Logwa, Umuanyogo Nwangborogwu spring at Ihitte, king jaja of Opobo ancestral home at Amaigbo, Egirogiriri spring water at Ife, Otata Lake at Ezinachi, Ezeama Mystic spring and Ogwugwurumilu spring bridge and Nwanikwara lake at Umuobom.

Important Events: age grade coronation and annual new yam festival in September.

Ambassador Hotel
55, Mbaise Road
Tel: 234-83-230663

De Legend Hotels & Suites
Behind Imo State House of Assembly
Tel: 046-661213
Mobile: 0703 1078121
Email: delegend_hotel@yahoo.com
Wesite: www.freewebs.com/legendhotel/

Imo Concorde Hotel
Concorde Boullevard
Off Port Harcourt Road
P.O.Box 2761
Tel: 234-83-300618, 300619, 231459, 231371
Fax: 234-83-231961
Email: info@imoconcordehotel.com
Website: WWW.imoconcordehotel.com

Links Hotels Limited
Plot 5043, New Owerri Commercial Area
Behind Imo State House of Assembly
Tel: 083230980, 083230849

Modetel Owerri
Okigwe Road Roundabout
P.O.Box 1015, Owerri
Tel: 234-83-233599, 233684

Mount Royal Hotel
48, Owerri-Orlu Road,
Amokohia, Owerri
Tel: 234-83-230288
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 obowo respectively.


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 university.


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 wells.


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 fruits.

Mineral/Natural Resources:

Petroleum, clay, salt deposits, natural gas, lead/zinc, limestone and navigable waters.

Famous Natives:

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. 
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