Imo State

  • Capital : Owerri
  • Website : www.imostate.gov.ng
  • Governor : Rochas Okorocha
  • ISO 3166 code : NG-IM

Created on 3 February, 1976, Imo state covers a total area of 5,530 km2 (2,140 sq mi) and has a total population of 3,934,899 as at the 2006 census. With an average population density of 710/km2 (1,800/sq mi) and a total GDP (2010) of $14,212 Million, at $3,527 Per Capita.

It is bordered by Abia State on the East, by the River Niger and Delta State on the west, by Anambra State to the north and Rivers State to the south.

The state is rich in natural resources including crude oil, natural gas, lead, zinc. Economically exploitable flora like the iroko, mahogany, obeche, bamboo, rubber tree and oil palm predominate. The state also produces agricultural produce such as palm produce, cocoa and rubber. The main staple crops are yam, cassava and maize. As regards tourism there are many tourist centres in Imo State. An outstanding tourist attraction is the Mbari located at Ikenegbu. The Mbari centre boasts of various artefacts which depict the cultural heritage of the people. The Amphi-Theatre is another gigantic work of art in the state. The theatre which has 3,000 sitting capacity is a promotion of the national objective on culture as well as modern effort to preserve our cultural heritage.

Major Towns:

  • Okigwe
  • Orlu
  • Oguta
  • Nkwerre
  • Owerri

State Governor

Imo state governor

Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha (born 22 September 1962) is a Nigerian politician from Imo State, Nigeria who won the 6 May 2011 gubernatorial election in Imo State. He ran on the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) platform. Rochas defeated his closest rival, incumbent governor Ikedi Ohakim, by a close margin of votes. Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha  also won the election on March 28, 2014 to continue in office for a second term.