Ondo State is a state in southwestern Nigeria. It was Created in February 3, 1976 from the former Western State.[4]Ondo State borders Ekiti State (formally part of the state) to the north, Kogi State to the northeast, Edo State to the east, Delta State to the southeast, Ogun State to the southwest, Osun State to the northwest, and The Atlantic Ocean to the south.[5] The state's capital is Akure, the former capital of the ancient Akure Kingdom.[6] Edo state includes mangrove-swamp forest near the Bights of Benin.[7]

Ondo
Akure City, Ondo State Nigeria Nigeria.jpg
Flag of Ondo State
Nickname(s): 
Location of Ondo State in Nigeria
Location of Ondo State in Nigeria
Coordinates: 7°10′N 5°05′E / 7.167°N 5.083°E / 7.167; 5.083Coordinates: 7°10′N 5°05′E / 7.167°N 5.083°E / 7.167; 5.083
Country Nigeria
Date created3 February 1976
CapitalAkure
Government
 • BodyGovernment of Ondo State
 • Governor
(List)
Rotimi Akeredolu (APC)
 • Deputy GovernorLucky Aiyedatiwa (APC)
 • LegislatureOndo State House of Assembly
 • SenatorsC: Akinyelure Patrick Ayo (APC)
N: Robert Ajayi Boroffice (APC)
S: Nicholas Tofowomo (PDP)
 • RepresentativesList
Area
 • Total15,500 km2 (6,000 sq mi)
Population
 (2006 census)1
 • Total3,460,877[1]
 • Rank18th of 36
GDP (PPP)
 • Year2007
 • Total$8.414 billion[2]
 • Per capita$2,392[2]
Time zoneUTC+01 (WAT)
postal code
340001
ISO 3166 codeNG-ON
HDI (2018)0.606[3]
medium · 16th of 37
^1 Preliminary results

Nicknamed the "Sunshine State", Ondo State is the 19th most populated state in the country.[8] It is also the 25th largest state by landmass.[9] The state is predominantly Yoruba,[10][11] where the Yoruba language is commonly spoken.[12] The state economy is dominated by the petroleum industry, with cocoa production, asphalt mining, and activities utilizing the state's extensive coastline also serving as major economic factors.[13] It is the home to Ikogosi warm and cold spring.

Government and societyEdit

The state contains eighteen local government areas, the major ones being Akoko, Akure, Okitipupa, Ondo, Ilaje, Idanre and Owo. The majority of the state's citizens live in urban centers. The prominent government universities in Ondo state are the Federal University of Technology Akure, Akure, Ondo State University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa, University of Medical Sciences, Ondo, Ondo and the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko.[14]

Local Government AreasEdit

Ondo State consists of 18 local government areas, they are:

GovernorEdit

Akeredolu Oluwarotimi Odunayo[16] is the current sitting governor of Ondo state.[17] Governor Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was sworn-in on February 24, 2017 as the successor of Olusegun Mimiko.[18] The deputy governor of Ondo State is Lucky Aiyedatiwa[19]

Ethnic groupsEdit

The ethnic composition of Ondo State is largely from the Yoruba subgroups of the Idanre, Akoko, The Edo speaking, Akure, Ikale, Ilaje, Ondo, and Owo peoples. Ijaw people, such as the Apoi, Furupagha and Arogbo populations, inhabit the coastal areas, and a sizeable number of the Ondo State people who speak a variant of the Yoruba language similar to the Ife dialect reside in Oke-Igbo.[20] The vast majority of the population are Christians, while the minority practiced Islam and traditional worship.[21][22][23]

LanguagesEdit

Languages of Ondo State listed by LGA:[24]

LGA Languages
Akoko North East Ikare-Akoko;[25] Akpes; Arigidi; Emai-Iuleha-Ora; Ayere
Akoko North West Àhàn; Akpes; Arigidi; Ayere; Irun-Akoko (Oke Oro- Akoko); Ese-Afin.
Akoko South West Emai-Iuleha-Ora
Ese-Odo Izon, apoi
Ilaje Ilaje
okitipupa Ikale, Edo
Irele Edo, ikale
Ondo Ondo
Akure Akure
Idanre Idanre
Odigbo ikale, ondo
Ose Edo; Emai-Iuleha-Ora
others Okpamheri

Mineral Resources In Ondo StateEdit

The following are the Mineral Resources found in Ondo State:[26]

  • Bitumen
  • Coal
  • Dimension Stones
  • Feldspar
  • Gemstone
  • Glass-Sand
  • Granite
  • Gypsium
  • Kaolin
  • Limestone & Oil/Gas

Tertiary institutionsEdit

DemographicsEdit

Population distribution of Ondo State[39]
Local government area Male Female Total
Akoko North-West 108,057 105,735 213,792
Akoko North-East 93,060 82,349 175,409
Akoko South-East 41,995 40,431 82,426
Akoko South-West 123,979 105,507 229,486
Ose 73,395 71,506 144,901
Owo 110,429 108,457 218,886
Akure North 66,878 64,709 131,587
Akure South 175,495 177,716 353,211
Ifedore 92,014 84,313 176,327
Ile Oluji 87,505 85,365 172,870
Ondo West 139,400 144,272 283,672
Ondo East 38,032 36,726 74,758
Idanre 66,996 62,028 129,024
Odigbo 114,814 115,537 230,351
Okitipupa 120,626 112,939 233,565
Irele 75,636 69,530 145,166
Ese Odo 78,100 76,878 154,978
Ilaje 154,852 135,763 290,615
Total 1,761,263 1,679,761 3,441,024

Notable peopleEdit


Media houses in Ondo StateEdit

GalleryEdit

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