Ado local government area, which derives its name from the Ado stream, was created in 1989 and has five of the 22 Idoma districts; Agila, Igumale, Ulayi, Ijigban and Utonkon with its headquarters in Igumale. In the March 2006 population census, Ado local government area had a population of 184,389 and was projected to be 248,900 in 2016.
The local government area shares boundary with Otukpo, Okpokwu, Obi and Oju local government areas of Benue State and also shares boundary with Ishielu and Ohaukwu local government areas of Ebonyi State.
Ado local government area is renowned for yam, rice, cassava, maize and palm oil production. Fishing is a popular occupation in the area due to the presence of Okpokwu, Ogege, Awu, Atsani and Ado streams. There is also a large number of blacksmiths in the area, producing hoes, cutlasses and other basic farm implements.
Limestone, amongst other mineral resources, has been found in the local government area in commercial quantity. It is hoped that mining of these mineral deposits would begin in the not too distant future.
The people of Ado local government speak a dialect of Idoma language except for the people of Utonkon who speak Ufia language.
The Och’Idoma III, Agabaidu Edwin Ogbu, who was the first Idoma graduate, was from Utonkon district.