Agatu local government area which was created in October 1996, was carved out of Apa local government area. By the 1991 census, it has a population of about 80,000 with Obagaji as its headquarters. The local government has boundaries with Apa local government to the South, Gwer West to the East, and the West by Kogi State. There is abundant Fadama land to where the river flows, and highlands stretching from the East to the West. There are also scattered thick forests in the West where economic trees and wild life abound.
The local government has ten council wards. Agatu local government is acclaimed one of the food baskets of the Benue state because of its diverse rich agricultural produce which include yams, rice, beans, cassava, maize, soybeans, sorghum, millet, beniseed, melon etc. The local government accounts for over 80% of fish production in Zone ‘C’ and of course the entire state.
The local government has a vast and fertile landmass which is tilled by the farming population that treasures agriculture as the bed-rock of its livelihood. It also boasts of one of the longest stretches of river systems in the state with great potentials for a vial fish farming and dry season farming through irrigation.
Mineral deposits are also found in the local government. There are traces of mineral resources such as limestone, gypsum, anhydride, kaolin, natural gas, salt and petroleum scattered all over the area. If these minerals and agricultural potentials are fully harnessed, the area can fully sustain a variety of industries hence the present council’s concerted effort to promote investment. In addition to the mineral and agricultural resources, it has forest resources like Iroko, Ibeche, Mahogany, etc. These economic trees are found at Ogbaulu, Okagabi, Ogwumogba, Ichogolungun and Enogoje. Now that the Ugbokpo-Obagaji-Oweto Road has been rehabilitated, it is hoped that the bulk of agricultural produce will be transported to urban centres for commercial purposes. Major feeder roads like Ogbangede-Ogwule, Obagaji-Alia-Okokolo and Ologba Ogbaulu road have been rehabilitated.
The local government area is willing to give prospective investors, hitch-free granting of certificate of occupancy (C of O) for those who need land for their business. It is hoped that with this gesture and prospects, individuals and corporate bodies committed to industrial ventures, would take the advantage to exploit the agricultural, mineral and other potentials of the local government area.