IGALAMELA: That You May Need To Know About Igalamela , Odolu Local Government

 On the 1st of October, 1996, a Military dictator, Late General Sani Abacha announced the creation of Igalamela Local Government. For a lo...

 On the 1st of October, 1996, a Military dictator, Late General Sani Abacha announced the creation of Igalamela Local Government. For a long time after this announcement, it was not clear the geographical area of the new Local Government.

 The people of Odolu comprising Odolu, Akpanya and Avrugo districts did not actually know where they belonged. From the old Idah Local Government Area, two new Local Government Areas of Ibaji and Igalamela were carved out.

When it became clear that Odolu belong to Igalamela Local Government Area, the people protested over the fact that the seat of Government (the Local Government Headquarters) at Ajaka was too far from them.

  A review of the Local Government creation exercise finally integrated Odolu into the new Igalamela Local Government Area. Hence, the new name " Igalamela/Odolu Local Government Area ". So, on 4th December, 1996 Igalamela/Odolu Local Government Area was created as one of the 774 Local Government Areas in Nigeria.
The Local Government covers an area of about two thousand square kilometres. The River Mabolo and the Northern and Southern Odolu forest reserve formed the natural boundary between Igalamela and Odolu.
 The Local Government shares common boundaries with Ofu and Olamaboro Local Government Areas in the South-west, Ibaji Local Government Area in the South and Enugu and Anambra States in the East.

The vegetation of the area is essentially Guinea Savannah and the rain forest. The soil type consists of Sandy, humus and clay soil. The drainage system consists of River Mabolo, and other rivulets that drain into it, like Okura, Ubelle, Oda and Owe.

Igalamela/Odolu Local Government has five (5) districts namely : Ajaka, Oforachi, Odolu Avrugo and Akpanya districts. The Local Government is further delineated into Ten geopolitical Local Council wards, namely : Ajaka-1, Ajaka-2, Oforachi-1, Oforachi-2, Odolu, Oji-Aji, Avrugo, Ekwuloko, Akpanya and Ubelle geopolitical wards.

At the apex of the administrative structure of the Local Government is the Executive chairman. Under the democratic system of government in operation in Nigeria, the chairman/administrator is the executive officer of the Local Government.

 He is responsible for the implementation of the policies and programmes of the Local Government. On the other hand, the legislative arm of the Local government council is constituted by the democratically elected councilors. The legislative arms performs legislative roles as prescribed by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Included in its function also is the approving of the council's annual budgets.

The management of the local government council consists of the Executive chairman as its chairman, the Vice-chairman as a member and who takes the chair in absence of the executive chairman, the local government Secretary, Director of the Local Government and Head of Service, the Treasurer, Heads of personnel, Works, Agriculture, and Education and Health.

Agriculture is the mainstay of the economy of the Local Government. The following fruits and cash crops are produced in larger quantities : maize, melon, Guinea corn , palm oil and kernel. Plantations that are grown in the area include :cashew, coffee, orange and plantain. Food crops grown also are : Cassava, yam and Cocoa yam.

Forest reserve in Igalamela/Odolu Local Government is vast and offers qualitative opportunities for lumbering activities. Hard woods common in the area are as follows : Mahogany, Iroko, Obeche and others.

-By  GoDwin Jißrin BaKwo




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IGALAMELA: That You May Need To Know About Igalamela , Odolu Local Government
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