Owerri west local government area is in Imo state, South-east geopolitical zone of Nigeria. The headquarters of the LGA are in the town of Umuguma and the LGA is home to a number of towns and villages which include Nekede, Irete, Avu, Ndegwu, Amakohia, Ihiagwa, Obinze, and Okuku. The estimated population of Owerri west LGA is put at 312,088 inhabitants with the LGA primarily inhabited by people from the Igbo ethnic group. The Igbo language is commonly spoken in the LGA while the religion of Christianity is widely practiced in the area. Notable landmarks in Owerri west LGA include the Federal Polytechnic Nekede, the Federal University of Technology Owerri and the Imo state secretariat.
Owerri west LGA occupies a total area of 295 square kilometres and has an average temperature of 27 degrees centigrade. The LGA witnesses two distinct seasons which are the dry and the rainy seasons with the average wind speed in the LGA put at 10 km/h.
Trade is an important economic activity in Owerri west LGA with the area hosting several markets such as the Umuguma central market which attracts hundreds of buyers and sellers. The LGA also hosts a number of financial institutions, hotels, restaurants, industries, as well as government and privately owned institutions. Other important occupations of the people of Owerri west LGA include farming and wood carving.
Owerri west LGA was created from the old Owerri local government in the year 1996.
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