Ogun State, Nigeria

Capital: Abeokuta
Area:  16,409.26 sq kilometres
Population: 2,759,109 (1997 FOS 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

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

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

Ogun has one federal university ; the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta and two state government universities; the Olabisi Onabanjo university,Ago Iwoye(formerly known as Ogun State University) and the Tai Solarin university of education (TASUED) Ijebu Ode. Ogun State thus has the highest number of registered universities in Nigeria (nine in all) with five new private universities also in the state. Ogun state has two major government hospitals,The Federal Medical Center,Abeokuta and the Olabisi Onabanjo university teaching hospital,Sagamu.Ogun State has produced many of the most important Yoruba politicians and musicians in Nigeria, including President Olusegun Obasanjo, Chief Ernest Shonekan, Chief MKO Abiola,Prince Bola Ajibola, Chief Kuforiji Olubi, Prof Ola Rotimi, Prof Olikoye Ransome Kuti, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Prof.Wole Soyinka and Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

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

Management Training Centre, Ogere Man-made * Adire Market, Itoko Abeokuta Cultural * Olumo Rock, Abeokuta Physical * Birikisu Sungbo Shrine Cultural/Religious Attractions * Obute-Oni Tourist Beach Natural * Ancient Palace of the Cultural/ Alake of Egbaland Monument * Ogunde Theatre Centre Man-made/Monument

Useful Resources

www.ogunstate.gov.ng

Schools on The Web:
Federal Government Girls College, Sagamu
Federal Government College, Odogbolu
Ikenne Community High School
Mayflower School, Ikenne
Federal College of Education, Osiele, Abeokuta
University of Agriculture, Abeokuta

Contact

State Liason Office: ABUJA: 4, Off Gana/Barawa Street, Cadasteral, Zone A5, P.M.B. 328 Maitama District Abuja
Oduduwa House

Victoria Island, Lagos.
Tel: 01-2617696, 261878