Ogun State

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Ogun State
A view of Gbagura mosque in Abeokuta, Ogun State-Nigeria.jpg
Nickname(s): 
Location of Ogun State in Nigeria
Location of Ogun State in Nigeria
Coordinates: 7°00′N 3°35′E / 7.000°N 3.583°E / 7.000; 3.583Coordinates: 7°00′N 3°35′E / 7.000°N 3.583°E / 7.000; 3.583
Country Nigeria
Date created3 February 1976
CapitalAbeokuta
Government
 • GovernorDapo Abiodun (APC)
 • Deputy GovernorNoimot Salako-Oyedele
 • Senators
 • LegislatureOgun State House of Assembly
Area
 • Total16,980.55 km2 (6,556.23 sq mi)
Area rank24th of 36
Population
 (2006 census)
 • Total3,751,140
 • Rank16 of 36
 • Density220/km2 (570/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Ogun
GDP
 • Year2007
 • Total$10.47 billion[1]
 • Per capita$2,740[1]
Time zoneUTC+01 (WAT)
postal code
110001
ISO 3166 codeNG-OG
HDI (2018)0.662[2]
medium · 2nd of 37

Ogun State is a state in southwestern Nigeria. Created in February 1976 from the former Western State. Ogun State borders Lagos State to the south, Oyo State and Osun State to the north, Ondo State, and the Republic of Benin to the west. Abeokuta is both Ogun State's capital and most populous city; other important cities in the state include Ijebu Ode, the former royal capital of the Ijebu Kingdom, and Sagamu, Nigeria's leading kola nut grower.[3] Ogun State had a total population of 3,751,140 residents as of 2006.[4]

Nicknamed the "Gateway to Nigeria", the state is notable for having a high concentration of industrial estates and being a major manufacturing hub in Nigeria. Major factories in Ogun include the Dangote Cement factory in Ibese,[5] Nestle,[6] Lafarge Cement factory in Ewekoro, Memmcol in Orimerunmu,[7] Coleman Cables in Sagamu and Arepo,[8] Procter & Gamble in Agbara,[9] amongst others.

Ogun State is predominantly Yoruba,[10] with the Yoruba language serving as the lingua franca of the state. Ogun State is noted for being the almost exclusive site of Ofada rice production. Ogun state is also homed to so many icons in Nigeria and Africa at large.

Governor[edit]

The current governor is Dapo Abiodun, a member of the All Progressives Congress, who heads the Executive Council of Ogun State.[11]

Local Government Areas[edit]

Ogun State consists of twenty local government areas. They are:

Ogun state is divided into three senatorial districts: Ogun Central, Ogun East and Ogun west.

Ogun Central consists majorly of the Egbas that occupied six local governments: Abeokuta North (Akomoje), Abeokuta south (Ake), Ewekoro (Itori), Ifo (Ifo), Obafemi owode (Owode ẹgba) and Odeda (Odeda).

Ogun East consists majorly of the Ijebus and the Remos that occupied 9 local governments: Ijebu East (Ogbẹrẹ), Ijebu North (Ijebu Igbo), Ijebu North East (Attan), Ijebu ode (Ijebu ode), Ikenne (Ikenne remo), Odogbolu (Odogbolu), Ogun waterside (Abigi), Remo North (Ilisan Remo) and Sagamu (Sagamu).

Ogun west consists majorly of the Yewas (formerly Egbados) that occupied 5 local governments: Ado odo Ota (Otta), Imeko Afon (Imeko), Ipokia (Ipokia), Yewa North (Ayetoro) and Yewa South (Ilaro).

Major rivers[edit]

Educational facilities[edit]

Ogun state has three federal secondary schools; Federal Government Girls' College, Sagamu[12] and Federal Government College, Odogbolu[13] and Federal Science and Technical College, Ijebu-Imushin.[14]

Ogun has one Federal University, the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB[15]) and one Federal college of education, FCE Osiele (both at Odeda Local government area), one state government college of education, named after the late Nigerian educationist of international repute Augustus Taiwo Solarin in 1994 as Tai Solarin College of Education (TASCE[16]), (formerly known as Ogun State College of Education, Ijagun, Ijebu-Ode, one Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, one state government polytechnic named after late Nigerian business mogul and winner of June 12, 1993 election, Basorun Moshood Kasimawo Olawale Abiola as Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY[17]), formerly known as Ogun State Polytechnic, Ojere, Abeokuta, and two state government universities: Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye (formerly known as Ogun State University), and the Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED[18]) Ijebu Ode.[4]

Ogun State has a total of nine registered universities, the highest of any state in Nigeria. It has five private universities. Amongst others are Chrisland University, Abeokuta Bells University of Technology in Ota, Covenant University and Babcock University in Ilisan-Remo, which was the first private university in the country.[4]

The state has two major government hospitals: the Federal Medical Center at Abeokuta, and the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital in Sagamu. The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Permanent Orientation Camp is located at Sagamu Local Government area of the state.[4]

Tertiary institutions[edit]

Think tanks[edit]

Notable religious places[edit]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "C-GIDD (Canback Global Income Distribution Database)". Canback Dangel. Retrieved 2008-08-20.
  2. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". hdi.globaldatalab.org. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  3. ^ Aderoju, Michael Atilade (2015). "Impact of kolanuts trade on socio-economic development of Sagamu, 1910-1970". Nigerian Journal of Economic History. 13: 167–188.
  4. ^ a b c d "Ogun State". Ogun Smart City. Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  5. ^ "Ibese Cement Plant - Dangote Cement". dangote.com. Retrieved 28 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Nestlé Flowergate Factory, Ogun". Food Processing Technology. Retrieved 28 May 2017.
  7. ^ "Electricity Meter Manufacturing Company". www.memmcol.com. Retrieved Aug 6, 2020.
  8. ^ "Coleman Wires and Cables". www.colemancables.com. Retrieved 28 May 2017.
  9. ^ "P&G in Nigeria". www.pgcareers.com. Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  10. ^ "OGUN STATE". Ogun State Government Official Website. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  11. ^ "Executives". Ogun State Government Official Website. Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  12. ^ "Federal Government Girls College, Sagamu | School Website". www.fggcsagamu.org.ng. Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  13. ^ "Federal Government College, Odogbolu | School Website". fgcodogbolu.com.ng. Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  14. ^ "Federal Science And Tecnical College, Ijebu Imushin | School Website". fstcijebuimusin.com. Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  15. ^ "Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, teaching, learning, research". Retrieved Aug 6, 2020.
  16. ^ ":::TASCE". tasce.edu.ng. Retrieved Aug 6, 2020.
  17. ^ "Moshood Abiola Polytechnic". Retrieved Aug 6, 2020.
  18. ^ "Tai Solarin University of Education | The Premier University of Education". tasued.edu.ng. Retrieved Aug 6, 2020.
  19. ^ "Home - Chrisland University". www.chrislandtuniversity.edu.ng.
  20. ^ "Home - Covenant University". www.covenantuniversity.edu.ng.
  21. ^ "McPherson University". Jul 15, 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-07-15. Retrieved Aug 6, 2020.
  22. ^ Sungbo Eredo and Its Ecotourism Values: Sonubi O K (2009)

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