Imo State Executive Council in 2009, during Ikedi Ohakim administration

Imo State Executive Council (Governor, SSG, HoS, Commissioners and others), in 2009, during Governor Ikedi Ohakim administration

Ikedi Ohakim
1. His Excellency Ikedi OhakimExecutive Governor
2Her Excellency  (Mrs) Ada OkwuonuDeputy Governor
3Chief Cosmas IwuSecretary to the State Governor
4Dr A.M.A. NdugbuHead of Service
5Chief Emma OhakimChief of Staff
6Chief Emeka DuruDeputy Chief of Staff
7Chief Robert AsuzuPrincipal Secretary to the Governor
1Barr. Ken Njemanze, SANAttorney- General &Comm. For Justice
2George Irechukwu, FCA Finance
3Mrs. Anagam OnonujuWomen Affairs &Social Development
4Chief. Chuma NnajiCultural and Tourism
5Prof. Jude NjokuEducation
6Dr. Jeff OjinikaCommerce and Industry
7Chief Tony UzoukwuSports &Youths Development
8Chief Longers AnyanwuAgriculture
9Hon. Levi OguikeLands, Survey & Urban Planning
10Dr. Amanze ObiInformation & Strategy
11Mrs. Comfort  Chinwe ChukwuWorks & Transport
12Dr. Aloysius AguwaPetroleum & Environment
13Dr. Vin UdokwuHealth
14Barr. Kezie OgaziechiLocal Government & Chieftaincy Affairs
15Dr. (Mrs.) Eucharia AnyikwaPlanning & Economic Development
16Barr. Ralph NwosuPublic Utilities & Rural Development
1Prof. Ezeadi O. EzeadiPolitic Affairs
2Barr. Rex AnunobiRevenue Generation/Mobilization
3Hon. Jasper NdubuakuInter-governmental Affairs
4Chief Pini Jason OnyegbaduSpecial Projects
5Prince Victor Ibenye-UgbalaSpecial Duties 1
6Barr. C. I. AnyanwuBPPI/Budget Monitoring
7Sir George EguSecurity
8Hon. Nicholas AmaefulePoverty Alleviation
9Chief Longinus  T. OgidehImo Municipal Transport Services (IMTS)
10Rt. Hon. Nnaemeka MaduagwuAssembly Liaison
11Mr. Kevin AgbaegbuSpecial Events Management 
12Barr. Willy AmadiSanitation/ Transport
13Mrs. Louisa Aguiyi-IronsiSpecial  Duties 11
14Mr. Kerian OnwuzurikeFinance & Accounts  Monitoring
15Dr. Peter UkaigweScience & Technology
16Dr. Ethelbert OkerePublic Enlightenment /Documentary
17Barr. Steve AsimobiElectoral Matters
18Mr. Tito AsekhameHousing  Development
19Chief Bony EbiliInter-Part Relations
20Mr. Bright NwelueProtocol/Public Affairs
1Mrs. Ijeoma  NwaforAdministration
2Mr. Obi UchenduInformation & Communication Technology (ICT)
3Mr. Henry OnwukwePolitical
4Mr. Golden NwokomaSecurity Zone ‘A’
5Nze Law BiaduoSecurity Zone ‘B’
6Sankod OkoroSecurity Zone ‘C’
7Mr. Robert U. OkwuegoAdmin, Cabinet Office
8Mrs. Ibari Onyegecha EguProject Monitoring/Clean & Green Initiative
9Chief Chris OnuohaImo Municipal Transport Service
10Engr. Emma AhamefulePetroleum
11Mr. Ambrose   C. ObiohaYouth Development
12Chief D. D. IwuohaLabour Matters
13Mrs. Dorathy Iroha Local Government & Chieftaincy Matters
14Mr. Charles AguguoSanitation/ Transport
15Dr. Chikwem Chijioke  OnuohaSpecial Duties
16Chief Isaac  AnyimSpecial Duties (Dpty Governor’s Office )
17Okechukwu OnyegbuleEntertainment
18Lt. Col. Emeruwa Nkere (Rtd)Education Dev. & Re-orientation
19Dr. (Mrs.) Ada AfurobiExecutive Assistant to Her Excellency
20Barr. Anselem OkorieMDG
21Chief Kennedy ZandersInter Religious Affairs
22Augustine  MbalariSpecial Duties 11
23Mr. Theo IkePassages
1 Mr. Chuck ChukuemekaProject Director, Imo Wonderlake Resort & Conference Centre, Oguta
2Dr. Kevin AdotamaImo Trade Representative, USA
3Chief Jude NzeakoImo Trade Representative, UK
4Prof. Obioma IheduruProject Director, Imo Job Centre
5Mr. Chima UzobuiheDirector, ICT, Imo Job Centre
6Mr. Steve OsujiActing MD/CEO, Imo Newspapers Ltd
7Engr. Ben EkwuemeProjects Director, Royal Oak Refinery and Petrochemical Project
8Dr. Sam AnurigwoPerm. Sec./ Head, Liaison Office , Abuja
9Mr. Casmir AnyanwuDeputy Liaison Office, Abuja
10Barr. Austin OtuokereDirector, Liaison Office, Lagos
1Mr. Henry EkpeChief  Press Secretary  to the Governor
2Mrs. Angela NkwoChief  Press Secretary to His Excellency
3Barr. Nnawuihe IwualaChief  Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor

Imo is a state in Nigeria’s South-East geopolitical zone. It’s capital and largest city is Owerri.

The state is is bordered by Abia State on the East, River Niger and Delta State to the West, Anambra State on the North, and Rivers State to the South.

Imo state comprises mostly Igbo people of Nri and Aro Kingdoms.

Owerri, Imo State
Map of Imo state showing Owerri

Imo takes its name from the Imo River which flows along the state’s eastern border.

The state’s nickname is: Eastern Heartland

3 February 1976


Population (2017 estimates)

Land area
5,530 km2 (2,140 sq mi)

Geographic coordinates
The state lies within latitudes 4°45’N and 7°15’N, and longitude 6°50’E and 7°25’E.

The State economy is dependent largely on agriculture, especially the production of palm oil.

Another key industry is the extraction of crude oil and natural gas, especially in Imo’s north and west.

The State has been beset by violence at various points throughout its history, most notably the anti-cult 1996 Otokoto Riots and the ongoing separatist violence from the Eastern Security Network along with other opportunistic nativist gunmen.

Despite unrest, with its fast growing population and industrialization, Imo State has one of the highest Human Development Index in Nigeria.

Imo State is administratively divided into 27 LGAs (Local Government Areas) namely:

  1. Aboh Mbaise
  2. Ahiazu Mbaise
  3. Ehime Mbano
  4. Ezinihitte Mbaise
  5. Ideato North
  6. Ideato South
  7. Ihitte/Uboma
  8. Ikeduru
  9. Isiala Mbano
  10. Isu
  11. Mbaitoli
  12. Ngor Okpala
  13. Njaba
  14. Nkwerre
  15. Nwangele
  16. Obowo
  17. Oguta
  18. Ohaji/Egbema
  19. Okigwe
  20. Onuimo
  21. Orlu
  22. Orsu
  23. Oru East
  24. Oru West
  25. Owerri Municipal
  26. Owerri North
  27. Owerri West

Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area in Imo State

Oru West L.G.A. Imo State

Orlu Local Government Area, Imo State

Okigwe Local Government Area, Imo State

In the pre-colonial period, what is now Imo State was a part of medieval Kingdom of Nri and the later Aro Confederacy before the latter was defeated in the early 1900s by British troops in the Anglo-Aro War. After the war, the British incorporated the area into the Southern Nigeria Protectorate which later merged into British Nigeria in 1914; after the merger, Imo became a centre of anti-colonial resistance during the Women’s War.

After independence in 1960, the area of the present-day Imo was a part of the post-independence Eastern Region until 1967 when the region was split and the area became part of the East Central State. Less than two months afterwards, the former Eastern Region attempted to secede in the three-year long Nigerian Civil War with Imo as a part of the secessionist, Igbo nationalist state of Biafra.

The area was hard fought over throughout the war with Owerri and its surrounding area exchanging hands twice before Owerri was named the Biafran capital in 1969.

The present-day Imo State was captured by federal forces in early 1970 with Operation Tail-Wind taking the city and ending the war.

At the war’s end and the reunification of Nigeria, the East Central State was reformed until 1976 when Imo State was formed.

15 years after, Imo State was divided with eastern Imo being broken off to form the new Abia State.