The Local Government
The present Okigwe Local Government Area council was created in 1976 following the Nigerian Local Government reform. It was then called Isiukwuato Okigwe Local Government Area, but with the creation of Abia state in 1991, Isiukwuato became a part of Abia State.
Prior to the Local Government reform of 1976, what is today called Okigwe Local Government was known as Okigwe District and it included all areas stretching from Okigwe to Owerri. The council shares border with Isiukwuato Local Government Area now in Abia in the East. Onuimo Local Government Area in the South, Orumba South Local Government Area in Anambra State in the North and Umuahia Local Government Area in Abia State in the South.
The council covers an area of about 400sq kilometers with a projected population of 555000 based on 2007 census figure. The figure represents a low figure density of 1450 persons per square kilometer.
The Okigwe Local Government Area comprises of 11 autonomous communities each with a Traditional Ruler known as Eze who is the custodian of culture.
Recently, scholarly research proves that Okigwe has a good claim of being the earliest human settlement in the south of the Niger and Benue. This accretion was strengthened by the discovery of an Arthurian Stone factory back to 50,000 years at Ugwuele in Uturu Abia State just a few kilometers from Okigwe Town. Factually Okigwe is widely referred to as the Heartland of Igbo nation being the only area believed to carry authentic Igbo culture, language and social institutions.
Presently the Local Government council has Hon Chief Charles Babatunde Ezekwem as its Chairman, Chief Executive and Chief Security officer. He has Hon. Charles Ohabo as the deputy. Other members of the Local Government Executive Council include Hon. Okechukwu Eleoba who is the secretary to the local Government. Hon Ndubuisi Chukwu and Hon. Donatus Ekwebelem are the supervisors for education as well as works and transport respectively. The Local Government council also has Hon. Goddy chukwu as a member of its Executive council and the supervisor for Health while Hon. Maduike Simeon as a member of the Executive council and the supervisor for Agriculture and Natural resources.
There are two Local Government Development areas in the locality namely, the Okigwe North Local Government Development Area and the Okigwe South Local Govt. development Area. The first has its headquarters at Umulolo and Hon Ebere Ozoemenam as its coordinator and Chief Executive, while the latter has its headquarters at Akparaogu and Hon Paul Uche as its coordinator and Chief executive.