Imo State

Imo is a state of Nigeria with its capital at Owerri, which is with 215 053 inhabitants (2005) and largest city.


The state is located in the south of the country, bordered to the north by the state of Anambra in the south and west by the Rivers State and on the east by the Abia State. In the northwest of the state lies the Oguta Lake, he is part of a nature reserve of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.


The state was formed February 3, 1976 from part of the former state of "East Central". First governor was between March 1976 and 1977 Ndubuisi Kanu. Governor Ikedi Ohakim is Current.

List of Governors and Administrators

  • Ndubuisi Kanu (Governor 1976-1977 )
  • Adekunle Lawal (Governor 1977-1978)
  • Sunday Adenihun (Governor 1978-1979 )
  • Sam Mbakwe (Governor 1979-1983 )
  • Ike Nwachukwu (Governor 1984-1985)
  • Allison Madueke (Governor 1985-1986)
  • Amadi Ikwechegh (Governor 1986-1989)
  • Sam Mbakwe (Governor 1989-1990)
  • Anthony E. Oguguo (Governor 1990-1992)
  • Evan Enwerem (Governor 1992-1993)
  • James N. J. Aneke ( administrator 1993-1996)
  • Tanko Zubairu ( administrator 1996-1999)


The state is divided into 27 Local Government Areas. These are: Aboh Mbaise -, Ahiazu, Ehime Mbano, Ezinihitte, Ideato North, South Ideato, Ihitte - Uboma, Ikeduru, Isiala - Mbano, Isu, Mbatoli, Ngor Okpala -, Njaba, Nkwerre, Nwangele, Obowo, Oguta, Ohaji - Egbema, Okigwe, Orlu, Orsu, Oru East, Oru West, Owerri Municipal, Owerri North, Owerri West and Unuimo.


Imo is equipped with a variety of mineral resources. These include petroleum, zinc, clay, limestone and natural gas. On agricultural products coconuts, cocoa, rubber, corn, yams, cassava and maize are grown.

An industrial products shoes, bricks, motorcycles, bicycles, tiles, food, pharmaceuticals, steel, polythene, paper and other manufactured in Imo.