Ohimini

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Ohimini
Country Nigeria
StateBenue State
Local Government HeadquartersIdekpa
Government
 • Local Government Chairman and the Head of the Local Government CouncilAdakole Abutu
Time zoneUTC+1 (WAT)

Ohimini is a Local Government Area of Benue State, Nigeria. Its headquarters are in the town of Idekpa-Okpiko.Ohimini was created out of the present Otukpo Local Government Area of Benue State.Major districts under Ohimini local Government are,Onyagede which share boundary with Kogi state has the following villages, Amoke, Enumona, Ogodu, Awume, Ikpoke, Ogoli, Ogande, Ugofu, Ipolabakpa, Umonomi and Iyaya, Okpiko, Agadagba, Oglewu and Idekpa the capital.

It has an area of 632 km² and a population of 71,482 at the 2006 census.

Historical Background[edit]

Ohimini Local Government Area of Benue State, Nigeria, was created in December 1996 by the military regime of General Sani Abacha from the old Otukpo Local Government of Idomaland along with four other local government councils (LGCs) in the state. These LGCs are Agatu, Obi, Logo and Tarka. The Local Government derived its name “Ohimini” from River Ohimini, the largest river in the council, cutting across the entire local government area. The creation of the Local Government brought tremendous joy to its people who believed that the separation from the Old Otukpo would bring accelerated development to them.

Geographical Location[edit]

Ohimini Local Government is bounded to the North and North East by Otukpo Local Government, South by Okpokwu Local Government and on the West by Ankpa and Olamaboro Local Government Areas of Kogi State. The postal code of the area is 972.[1]

Population[edit]

The 2006 National Population Commission population census figures puts the population of Ohimini as 70,688 people comprising 35,876 and 34,812 males and females respectively.

Political Structure[edit]

The local government is divided into three zones A, B, and C with each zone comprising two clans. These are:

  • A -- Ochobo and Oglewu clans
  • B -- Agadagba and Okpiko clans
  • C – Awume and Onyagede clans.

The Local Government is further sub-divided into ten (10) political wards as follows;

S/N Ward Headquarters
1 Agadagba Ohugbane
2 Awume-Ehaje Ajegbe
3 Awume-Icho Ejule
4 Ehatokpe (Okpiko) Ugene
5 Idekpa (Okpiko) Odelle
6 Ochobo Ochobo
7 Oglewu-Ehaje Atlo
8 Oglewu-Icho Alaglanu
9 Onyagede-Ehaje Abakpa
10 Onyagede-Icho Ogoli

Leadership of the Local Government Administration Since Inception[edit]

Since the creation of the Local Government in 1996, the following persons have headed the administration in various capacities either as Sole Administrators, Elected Executive Chairmen, Caretaker Committee Chairmen or Directors General Services and Administration (DGSA).[2]

S/N Name Duration Status/Designation
1 Mrs.Juliana Ajuma Alogwu Dec.96 – April 97 Sole Administrator
2 Dr. Ocheme Adaji April 97 – July 98 Elected Chairman
3 Mr. Hingah Biem July 98 – May 99 Sole Administrator
4 Hon. Ezekiel Adaji May 99 – June 2002 Elected Chairman
5 Late Hon. Matthias Elaigwu May 2002 – July 2003 Caretaker Chairman
6 Hon. Ezekiel Adaji July 2003—Feb. 2004 Caretaker Chairman
7 Hon. Isaac Ochekliye Feb.2004—March 2004 Ag Chairman
8 Hon. Ezekiel Adaji April 2004—April 2006 Elected Chairman
9 Hon Peter Uloko Nov 2006—Dec 2006 Ag Chairman
10 Hon. Wilfred Adegene Dec 2006 – June 2007 Caretaker Chairman
11 Hon. Paul Agashua June 2007—July 2007 Chairman/DGSA
12 Hon. John Ameh July 2007—Dec 2007 Caretaker Chairman
13 Sir Linus Onuh Ameh (KSJ) Dec 2007—Dec 2010 Elected Chairman
14 Comrade Ogbole Isegbe Dec 2010—Jan 2011 Ag Chairman/DGSA
15 Hon. Francis Eche Ijiga Jan 2011—May 2012 Caretaker Chairman
16 Patrick Elem 10 May 2012 – 24 May 2012 Ag Chairman/DGSA
17 Rt.Hon. Abdulkarim Jibrin May 2012—Nov.2012 Caretaker Chairman
18 Hon. Sunday Eche Mark Nov.2012—Nov. 2014 Elected Chairman
19 Mr. Andrew Ejeh Nov.2014 – April 2015 Ag Chairman
20 Hon Sunday Eche Mark April 2015 – May 2015 Caretaker Chairman
21 Mr. Andrew Ejeh May 2015—June 2015 Ag Chairman/DGSA
22 Comrade Musa Alechenue June 2015—June 2016 Caretaker Chairman
23 Mr Michael Aba June 2016 -- Ag Chairman/DGSA

Similarly, the legislative council of the Local Government was administered by the following officers as house leaders;

S/N Name Duration
1 Hon. Godwin Ejembi May 99—June 2002
2 Hon. Victor Adem April 2004—April 2006
3 Hon. Haruna Audu Dec 2007—Dec 2010
4 Hon. Dave Agbo Nov. 2012—Nov.2014

Note that legislative councils exist only when the executive councils are in place.

Religion[edit]

The Ohimini people are basically Christians with pockets of Muslims mainly in Onyagede clan.

Occupation[edit]

Ohimini is an agrarian society with the farmers taking full advantage of the fertile, well-drained arable land suitable for the cultivation of cassava, yams, millet, sorghum, rice, citrus fruits, palm produce, vegetables and livestock thus contributing to making the status of Benue State the “Food Basket of The Nation”.

It is believed that the Onyagede market (one of the largest market in Idoma land), is a major source of export of garri to neighbouring states like Plateau, Kano, Rivers and Kogi, amongst others.

Though large scale mechanized farming is not practiced by these peasant farmers, there is a bright future for investors of agro-based processing industries as they are assured of basic raw materials.

Natural Resources[edit]

According to the Federal Government Geological Survey of Benue State, bricks clay, bengonite, bauxite and coal are found in abundant quantity in Ohimini for exploration. The natural spring waters at Iyaya in Onyagede and Odelle in Okpiko-which are yet to be developed, will form a beautiful tourist attraction if fully tapped.

Prospects for Investment[edit]

The new and developing Local Government is blessed with abundant human and natural resources that can sustain any agro-based industries and other investment.

Its easy accessibility from the eastern part of the country through Enugu in Enugu State, Ankpa in Kogi State, Naka in Gwer-West and Otukpo Local Government Areas both in Benue State as well as availability of constant power supply provided by its connection to the national grid make Ohimini a destination point for investors in Benue State.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Post Offices- with map of LGA". NIPOST. Archived from the original on 2012-11-26. Retrieved 2009-10-20.
  2. ^ Compiled by Hon. Francis E. Ijiga, Caretaker Chairman Ohimini LGA, Jan 2011 -- May 2012.