Ikwerre

About Ikwerre Local Government Area (L.G.A)

Ikwerre local government area is in Rivers state, South-south geopolitical zone of Nigeria. The headquarters of the LGA are in the town of Isiokpo with the LGA comprising of several towns and villages such as Omesiobi, Akpabu, Omuchetu, Umukpu, Omuoparaaga, Ogbasara, Mgbuhie, and Ekuche. The estimated population of Ikwerre LGA is put at 211,081 inhabitants with the majority of the area’s dwellers being members of the Ikwerre ethnic affiliation. The Ikwerre dialect of the Igbo language is commonly spoken in the LGA while Christianity is the most practiced religion in the area. A number of popular festivals are held in Ikwerre LGA and these include the New Yam and the Ikwerre wrestling festivals.


GEOGRAPHY OF IKWERRE

Ikwerre LGA sits on a total area of 1,380 square kilometres and has an average temperature of 26 degrees centigrade. The average humidity level of the LGA is 90 percent with the area witnessing two distinct seasons which are the dry and the rainy seasons. The rainy seasons in Ikwerre LGA last longer than the dry seasons and are usually characterized by heavy showers.


ECONOMY OF IKWERRE

Ikwerre LGA has a viable agricultural sector with a variety of crops such as yam, cassava, plantain, and banana grown in the area. Also, the area has a booming trade sector with several markets being hosted in the LGA and these include the Ahia Izor market. Ikwerre LGA is also rich in mineral deposits which include crude oil and natural gas. Other important economic activities in Ikwerre LGA include fishing, hunting and woodwork.

HISTORY OF IKWERRE

Ikwerre LGA was created in the year 1991.


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