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Ogun State is a state in southwestern Nigeria. Created on 3 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 to the east, 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 royal capital of the Ijebu Kingdom, and Sagamu, Nigeria's leading kola nut grower.[3] Ogun state is covered predominantly by rain forest and has wooden savanna in the northwest .[4] Ogun State had a total population of 3,751,140 residents as of 2006,[5] making Ogun State the 16th most populated state in Nigeria[6] In terms of landmass, Ogun State is the 24th largest State in Nigeria with land area of 16,762 kilometer square.[7]

Ogun State
Aerial view of Gbagura mosque in Abeokuta in Ogun State
Aerial view of Gbagura mosque in Abeokuta in Ogun State
Flag of Ogun State
Seal of Ogun State
Nicknames: 
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
 • BodyGovernment of Ogun State
 • GovernorDapo Abiodun (APC)
 • Deputy GovernorNoimot Salako-Oyedele (APC)
 • LegislatureOgun State House of Assembly
 • SenatorsC: Ibikunle Amosun (APC)
E: Ramoni Olalekan Mustapha (APC)
W: Tolu Odebiyi (APC)
 • RepresentativesList
Area
 • Total16,980.55 km2 (6,556.23 sq mi)
 • Rank24th of 36
Population
 (2006 census)
 • Total3,751,140
 • Rank16 of 36
 • Density220/km2 (570/sq mi)
DemonymOgun
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

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,[8] Nestle,[9] Lafarge Cement factory in Ewekoro, Memmcol in Orimerunmu,[10] Coleman Cables in Sagamu and Arepo,[11] Procter & Gamble in Agbara,[12] amongst others.

Ogun State is predominantly Yoruba,[13] with the Yoruba language serving as the lingua franca of the state. The dominant religions in Ogun State are Islam and Christianity although a certain amount of traditional religion is still practiced.[14] Ogun State is noted for being the almost exclusive site of Ofada rice production. Ogun is also home to many icons in Nigeria in particular and Africa in general.

GovernorEdit

The current governor is Dapo Abiodun, A member of the All Progressives Congress, who heads the Executive Council of Ogun State.[15] On Wednesday May 29, 2019, Abiodun was sworn in as the fifth governor of Ogun State at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Kuto, Abeokuta.[16]

Local Government AreasEdit

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

The main ethnic groups in Ogun State are the Ẹgba, Ijebu, Remo, Egbado, Awori and the Egun peoples.There are also sub groups like the Ikale, the Ketu, the Ohori and the Anago[17]

Ogun State is divided into three senatorial districts: Ogun Central, Ogun East and Ogun West.

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

Ogun East consists mostly of the Ijebus and the Remos that occupies 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 mostly of the Yewas (formerly Egbados) that occupies 5 local governments: Ado odo Ota (Otta), Imeko Afon (Imeko), Ipokia (Ipokia), Yewa North (Ayetoro) and Yewa South (Ilaro).

Educational facilitiesEdit

Ogun state has three federal secondary schools; Federal Government Girls' College, Sagamu [18] and Federal Government College, Odogbolu[19] and Federal Science and Technical College, Ijebu-Imushin.[20]

Ogun state has one Federal University; the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB[21]) 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[22]), (formerly known as Ogun State College of Education, Ijagun, Ijebu-Ode, one Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro). One is named after late Nigerian business mogul and winner of June 12, 1993 election, Basorun Moshood Kasimawo Olawale Abiola as Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY[23]), formerly known as Ogun State Polytechnic, Ojere, Abeokuta, Another Gateway Polytechnic Saapade,[24] Remo (GAPOSA), Abraham Adesanya Polytechnic[24] Ijebu-Igbo (Aapoly) (formerly known as 'The Polytechnic Ijebu-Igbo) it was name after Chief Abraham Aderibigbe Adesanya who was a Nigerian politician, lawyer and activist.

Two state government universities: Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye (formerly known as Ogun State University), and the Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED[25]) Ijebu Ode.[5]

Ogun State has a total of nine registered universities, the highest of any state in Nigeria. It has five private universities.[26] 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.[5]

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.[5]

Tertiary institutionsEdit

 
Moshood Abiola Polytechnic entrance gate, Abeokuta, Ogun state

Think tanksEdit

Notable religious placesEdit

Notable peopleEdit

Tourist centers in Ogun stateEdit

Major riversEdit

Mineral resources in Ogun StateEdit

The following are the mineral resources in Ogun State:[31]

  • Clay
  • Limestone and Phosphate
  • Bitumen
  • Kaolin
  • Gemstone
  • Feldspar

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