Etsako central LGA is a local government area in Edo state, South-south geopolitical division of Nigeria and has its headquarters in the town of Fugar. The LGA is made up of several towns and villages such as Apeabebe, Ogochi, Osomegbe, Yeruwa, Iviadoko, Ulumoga, Amughe, and Okpekpe. The estimated population of Etsako central LGA is put at 342,588 inhabitants with the area hosting members of several ethnic sub-divisions such as the Ekperi. The commonly spoken language in Etsako central LGA is the Afemai language while Islam and Christianity are widely practiced in the area. Etsako central LGA hosts the annual International Okpekpe road race which attracts thousands of athletes every year. Notable festivals held in Etsako central LGA include the Otsa festival and the Ikpelo-Ibaki festival.
Etsako central LGA covers a total area of 660 square kilometres kilometres and witnesses two major seasons which are the dry and the rainy seasons. The average temperature in the area is 28 degrees centigrade while the average humidity level of the LGA is 60 percent.
A number of crops are grown in Etsako central LGA and these include maize, yam, and cassava. Other important economic activities undertaken by the inhabitants of Etsako central LGA include pottery, wood carving, and blacksmithing. Trade is also an important economic enterprise in Etsako central LGA with the area hosting several markets where the area’s inhabitants go to buy and sell a variety of commodities.
Etsako central local government area was created in the year 1996 from the Etsako East LGA.
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