Edo State

  • Capital : Benin
  • Website : www.edostate.gov.ng
  • Governor : Adams Oshiomhole
  • ISO 3166 code : NG-ED

Created on August 27, 1991, Edo state covers a total area of 17,802 km2 (6,873 sq mi) and has a total population of 3,233,366 as at the 2006 census. With an average population density of 120/km2 (310/sq mi) and a total GDP (2010) of $11,888 Million, at $3,623 Per Capita.

Edo State shares boundaries with three other states of the federation. It is bounded in the north and east by Kogi State, in the south by Delta State and in the west by Ondo State. Generally, it is a low-lying area except in the north where it is marked by undulating hills.

Agriculture is the predominant occupation of people in this State. The major cash crops produced are rubber, cocoa and palm produce. In addition, the State produces such crops as yams, cassava; rice, plantains, guinea-corn, and assorted types of fruits and vegetables. The state produces crude oil. It is also blessed with precious stones like Quartz, Amethyst, Mica, Dolomite, Granite Stone and Lime Stone used in the production of Cement.

Edo State has a rich cultural heritage. Benin City, the state capital is famous for its unique bronze, brass and ivory works of arts which are found all over the world in museums. Tourist attractions in the State are the Royal Palace of Benin, Benin Museum, Benin Moat (Iya), Emotan Status, Somorika Hills in Akoko-Edo. Others are Edo Tourist Centre in Esan East local government area and Okomu Wildlife Sanctuary near Benin City.

Major Towns:

  • Benin City
  • Auchi
  • Uromi
  • Ekpoma
  • Irrua

State Governor

Edo state governor

Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole (born 4 April 1953) is a former labor leader, turned politician who assumed office on 12th November 2008. He won a landslide victory for a second term as the Governor of Edo State in Nigeria on July 14 2012 on the platform of the Action Congress.