Owerri Municipal Council
Owerri Municipal is a Local Government Area of Imo State, Nigeria. Its headquarters are in the city of Owerri.
Owerri Municipal Council, formerly the headquarters of Old Owerri Local Government Area (comprising present day Owerri Municipal, Owerri North, Owerri West and Ngor-Okpala L.G.As) became a municipal council on 15th December, 1996.
The capital city of Imo State the eastern Heartland, and as such the landlord to most Government ministries, Departments and Agencies (both state and federal). From the official records of the 2005 census, the population is about 127,000 people.
Historically, the indigenes of Owerri Municipal Council are descendants of "EKWEMARUGO", the founding father who bolted from his ancestral home of URATTA around 1463 to settle at "UGWU EKWEMA" and became the founding father of "OWERRE".
The council has an urban setting with one autonomous community made up of 5 indigenous kindreds (Owerre Nchi ise) vis: Umuororonjo, Amawom, Umuonyeche, Umuodu and Umuoyima, under the rulership of one paramount traditional ruler, presently he is Eze Dr. Emmanuel Emenyeonu Njemanze Ozuruigbo V.
The apex traditional institution in the area is the "Oha Owerre" Elders Council, which is also the judicial arm of government (settling all disputes and other matters). "Onye ishi ala Owerre" is the traditional Chief Priest of the community. The entire women of "Owerre nchi ise" are also under one umbrella body - The "Udodiri Ndom Owerre".
Entrances into the municipal council are Okigwe Road, Onitsha Road, Port Harcourt Road, Aba Road and Mbaise Road.
Natural & Agricultural Resources:
Solid mineral deposits abound all over the council area such as phosphate
limestone, kaolin, galena, stones and granites, silica sand. The council is also
blessed with agricultural products like cassava, yam, maize, livestock
fruits examples - Oranges, pineapple, Banana, Pawpaw which provide
the raw materials for the agro-based industries.
Businesses & Investments: Many business and investment opportunities exist
in the municipal council because of the vantage position, the council occupies
as the seat of Government and therefore the epicenter of all economic, social,
religious activities in the state.
The hospitality industry is ever on the rise, educational services,
information technology services, small scale industries such as agro allied
and food processing, fashion and beauty industry, transportation business
(intercity/intracity), Banking and financial sector, fast foodand eatery centres, livestock feeds processing,
fisheries are all areas of Business and investment opportunities existing in the capital city of Owerri Municipal Council.