Ogun State, Nigeria

Capital: Abeokuta
Area: 16,980.55 km2
Population: 3,751,140 (2006 est.)
Major Languages:  Yoruba
Governor: Ibikunle Oyelaja Amosun (ACN)
ISO 3166-2: NG-OG
Date Created: 3 February 1976
Population Rank: Ranked 24th

About

Ogun State is a state in South-western Nigeria. It borders Lagos State to the south, Oyo and Osun states to the North, Ondo State to the east and the republic of Benin to the west.

Ogun State is bounded in the West by the Benin Republic, in the South by Lagos State and the Atlantic Ocean, in the East by Ondo State and in the North by Oyo State.

History

Ogun State was created in 1976 and is in South-Western Nigeria. The State is named after the Ogun River which runs right across it from north to south.

People

Ogun State is made up of six ethnic groups viz, the Egba, the Ijebu, the Remo, the Egbado, the Awori and the Egun. The language of the majority of the people of Ogun State is Yoruba but this is however broken into scores of dialects.

Local Government Areas

The state has twenty one local government areas: Abeokuta North, Abeokuta South, Ado-Odo/Ota, Egbado North, Egbado South, Ewekoro, Ifo, Ijebu East, Ijebu North, Ijebu North East, Ijebu Ode, Ikenne, Imeko-Afon, Ipokia, Obafemi-Owode, Ogun Waterside, Odeda, Odogbolu, Remo North, Shagamu.

 

Education

 

Institutions in Ogun State: University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Covenant University, Bells University of Technology, Ota, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Tai Solarin College of Education (TASCE) Omu, Ijebu Ode, Moshood Abiola Polythechnic (MAPOLY) Abeokuta, Redeemer's University (RUN), Redemption Camp of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Mowe, Babcock University, Ilisan Remo, Tai Solarin University of Education,Ijagun, Ijebu Ode, Crawford University, Igbesa, Adetokunbo University, Sagamu, Crescent University, Abeokuta, Mountain Top University, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria

Business Opportunities

The major food crops include rice, maize, cassava, yam and banana. The main cash crops include cocoa, kolanut, rubber, palm oil and palm kernels. Ogun State is one of the largest producers of kolanut in the country. It also produces timber and rubber on a large scale. About 20% of its total area is constituted of forest reserve suitable for livestock

Mineral resources available include chalk, phosphate, high quality stones and gravels for construction works.

Tourism

Places to visit in the State: Olumo Rock in Abeokuta, Birikisu Sugbo Shrine at Oke-Eri, Yemoji Natural Swimming Pool at Ijebu-Ode, Oyan Dam in Abeokuta North, Iwopin Boat Regatta and Ebute-Oni in Ogun Waterside. Others sities are Madam Tinubu Shrine, Abeokuta; Oronna Shrine, Ilaro. Area J4 Forest Reserve; Tongeji Island, Ipokia. Old Manse at Ogbe,Abeokuta; St.James Anglican School, Ota and Ijamido River Shrine,Ota.

Useful Resources

www.ogunstate.gov.ng

Schools on The Web:
www.covenantuniversity.edu.ng

www.tasued.edu.ng

www.oouagoiwoye.edu.ng

www.mapoly.edu.ng

 

Contact

State Liason Office:

74, Ralph Sodeinde Avenue, Central Business District, Abuja