Imo State came into existence in 1976 along with other new states created under the leadership of the late military ruler of Nigeria, Murtala Muhammad, having been previously part of East-Central State. The state is named after the Imo River which is named after a very prominent nigerian family with the family name Imo, who were the chiefs of Imo state before the ratification of a more formal government. Part of it was split off in 1991 as Abia State, and another part became Ebonyi State.

Imo state was created at Ngwoma and the meetings for the state creation which began after the Nigerian Civil War ended in 1970 were chaired by Eze S. E. Onukogu.

Imo is one of the 36 states of Nigeria and is in the south east region of Nigeria. Owerri is its capital and among the largest cities in the state. Its other major cities are Orlu, Obowo, Oguta, Mbaise and Okigwe. Located in the south-eastern region of Nigeria, it occupies the area between the lower River Niger and the upper and middle Imo River.


5 million+


5,530 km2



Richest State


News Headlines

Governor Emeka Ihedioha's engagement with international Development Agencies to aid his administration in the task of rebuilding the state, has again yielded results. The Africa... Read More

Thursday 31, October 2019

Governor Emeka Ihedioha CON, has approved the appointment of Dr. Chibuzor Iwuagwu as the Head of Service for the State Civil Service. Dr. Iwuagwu replaces Barr. Alma Eluwa who h... Read More

Thursday 31, October 2019

The government of Imo State has bagged the prestigious Nigeria Institute of Town Planners (NITP) ‘Green City Promoters Awards’ for its remarkable commitment to cleanlin... Read More

Tuesday 03, September 2019

The biometric verification exercise for Imo State pensioners will hold as follows: COMMENCEMENT DATE: Wednesday, Sept. 4th, 2019 TIME: 8.00 am to 4.00 pm VENUES: All LGA h... Read More

Tuesday 03, September 2019

Gov Emeka Ihedioha addressing news reporters during Saturday sanitation.

Imo Stakeholders are gathered for the interactive session with Governor Emeka Ihedioha