Location of the Hospital and Retreat Centre
The hospital located in a rural area approximately 1,5 km out of Okigwe, the third largest city in Imo state of Nigeria. The Retreat Centre and Bishop’s Court are in the outskirts of Okigwe.
Okigwe lies between the Port Harcourt-Enugu-Maiduguri rail line. Thus, the city has grown into a major cattle transit town for the southeast and south subregions of Nigeria. Okigwe has a population of 132,237 (2005 census). Most of the population is made up of immigrant workers from other states. Okigwe has various tourist and historical sites. The Federal Government College in the city has remained one of the best unity schools in Nigeria. Okigwe remains one of the breadbaskets of Nigeria with terrace cultivation practised on its hilly farmlands. St. Mary’s Cathedral in Okigwe is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Okigwe.
Imo State is one of the 36 states of Nigeria and lies in the south east of Nigeria. Owerri is its capital and largest city. Its other major cities are Orlu and Okigwe. Located in the south-eastern region of Nigeria, it occupies the area between the lower River Niger and the upper and middle Imo River. Imo forms the heart of the country of the Igbo together with the state of Anambra. The Igbo originally did agriculture. They are generally well educated. Roman Catholicism is the dominant religion in this part of the country.
Imo State is bordered by Abia State on the East, River Niger and Delta State to the West, Anambra State on the North and Rivers State to the South.
Economy: natural resources, oil, beer, tourism
The economy of the state depends primarily on agriculture and commerce. There are many rivers in the state. The state has several natural resources including crude oil, natural gas, lead, Calcium Carbonate and zinc. Profitable flora including iroko, mahogany, obeche, bamboo, rubber tree and oil palm. Additionally white clay, fine sand and limestone are found in the state.
There are over 163 oil wells at over 12 different locations in the state. The main petroleum companies operating in the state are Addax Petroleum, Chevron Corporation, Royal Dutch Shell and Agip. Some of the established oil-rich local government councils include Ohaji/Egbema, Oguta, Oru East, Iho, Oru West, Obowo and Ngor Okpala. Many more oil and gas opportunities are yet to be developed. The federal government has been called to inspect newly discovered oil-rich areas which might help foster economic development and job creation.
The independent global brewer Heineken, through its subsidiary Nigerian Breweries, has significant investment in Imo State. The company manages the world-class Awo-omamma Brewery, a multiple-line plant. Industrial parks and processing zones to harness the huge agricultural produce and minerals would give a major boost to the state’s economic growth and industrialization.
Oguta Lake, Palm Beach Holiday Resort in Awo-omamma and a host of other tourist sites are along the banks of the 26 km-length Njaba River present hotspots for tourism.
The chief occupation of the local people is farming, but due to over-farming and high population density, the soil has greatly degraded. The cash crops include oil palm, raffia palm, rice, groundnut, melon, cotton, cocoa, rubber, and maize. Consumable crops such as yam, cassava, cocoyam and maize are also produced in large quantities.
The rainy season begins in April and lasts until October, with annual rainfall varying from 1,500mm to 2,200mm (60 to 80 inches). An average annual temperature above 20 °C creates an annual relative humidity of 75%. With humidity reaching 90% in the rainy season. The dry season experiences two months of Harmattan (the dry and dusty north-easterly trade wind) from late December to late February. The hottest months are between January and March.
With high population density and over farming, the soil has been degraded and much of the native vegetation has disappeared. This deforestation has triggered soil erosion which is compounded by heavy seasonal rainfall that has led to the destruction of houses and roads.
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