Edo is a federal republic of Nigeria, with its capital Benin City, which is with 1,125,126 inhabitants (2005) and largest city.
The state is located in the south of the country, bordered to the north and northeast of the state of Kogi, to the south by Delta State, on the southeast by the Anambra State, and on the west by Ondo State. The Okomu National Park is located about 60 km from Benin City away, in the northwestern area of the state.
Edo has its own language, which is also called Edo or Bini. It is spoken by about one million people. In Edo State Edoide languages or Pidgin English are spoken Yoruba as a lingua franca in Nigeria often understood at least.
The state was created on 27 May 1967, the name " Mid-Western ". On February 3, 1976, he has been renamed to " Bendel ". On August 27, 1991, he received its present name Edo. First governor was between May 29 1967 and June 1967 David Akpode Ejoor. ( Was in the PDP emerged victorious ) Since a correction of the last election in 2007 by the Supreme Court is now Adams Oshiomhole of AC new governor since November 2008.
Administrators and governors
- Samuel Ogbemudia ( administrator 1967-1975 )
- George Innih (Governor 1975-1976 )
- Hussaini Abdullahi (Governor 1976-1978 )
- A. Waziri (Governor 1978-1979 )
- Ambrose Alli (Governor 1979-1983 )
- Samuel Ogbemudia (Governor 1983)
- Jeremiah Timbut Useni (Governor 1984-1985)
- John Inienger (Governor 1985-1987)
- Tunde Ogbeha (Governor 1987-1990)
- J. Yeri (Governor 1990-1992)
- John Oyegun (Governor 1992-1993)
- M. A. S. Oluka ( administrator 1993-1994)
- Bassey Asuquo ( administrator 1994-1996)
- Baba Adamu Iyam ( administrator 1996-1998)
- Anthony Onyearugbulem ( administrator 1998-1999)
- Adams Oshiomhole (Governor since 2008)
The state is divided into 18 Local Government Areas. These are: Akoko - Edo, Egor, Esan Central, Esan North - East, Esan South - East, Esan West, Etsako Central, Etsako East, Etsako West, Iguegben, Ikpoba - Okha, Ohionmwon, Oredo, Ovia North East, Ovia South-West, Owan East, Owan West and Uhunmwonde.
Edo is rich in mineral resources and as petroleum, natural gas, clay, chalk and marble are encouraged. The majority of the population is employed in agriculture. There are cultivated rubber, cocoa, coconut, corn, yams, cassava, rice, bananas, corn, fruit and vegetables. Further facilities in the state-owned enterprises in the pharmaceutical and cement industries as well as a number of breweries.