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Ogun (state)

Nickname(s): Gateway State
Location of Ogun State in Nigeria
Location of Ogun State in Nigeria
Country  Nigeria
Date created 3 February 1976
Capital Abeokuta
 • Governor
Ibikunle Amosun (APC)
 • Total 16,980.55 km2 (6,556.23 sq mi)
Area rank 24th of 36
Population (2006 census)
 • Total 3,751,140
 • Rank 16 of 36
 • Density 220/km2 (570/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Ogunian
 • Year 2007
 • Total $10.47 billion[1]
 • Per capita $2,740[1]
Time zone WAT (UTC+01)
ISO 3166 code NG-OG

Ògùn is a state in southwestern Nigeria. Created in 1976, 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. Abeokuta is the capital and largest city in the state. The state's nickname is "Gateway to Nigeria". It was created in February 1976 from the former Western State. The 1991 census recorded a total population of 2,338,570 residents. The incumbent State Governor is Senator Ibikunle Amosun (2011-date).

Other cities and towns in the Ogun State are Ijebu Ode, Sagamu, Ijebu Igbo, Ilaro Ayetoro and Ota. Ogun State has several local and international businesses and factories strategically sited within the 2 km government acquisition area of the Lagos - Sagamu expressway. The businesses include Dangote's cement factory in Ibese, Nestle, DHL, Big Treat, and Coleman Cables.


  • Local Government Areas 1
  • Educational Faciilties 2
  • The State Anthem 3
  • Notable people from Ogun 4
  • Tertiary Institutions in Ogun state 5
  • Notable religious places in Ogun state 6
  • Major Rivers 7
  • Think Tanks 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11

Local Government Areas

Ogun State consists of twenty (20) Local Government Areas. They are:

Educational Faciilties

Ogun has one Federal University: the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta; 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),(formerly known as Ogun State College of Education, Ijagun, Ijebu-Ode, one Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, one state government polythechnic named after late Nigerian business mogul and political icon the acclaimed winner of June 12, 1993 election, Basorun Moshood Kasimawo Olawale Abiola as Moshood Abiola Polythechnic (MAPOLY), formerly known as Ogun State Polythechnic, 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) Ijebu Ode. Ogun State has a total of nine registered universities, the highest of any state in Nigeria. It has five private universities. Amongst others are Covenant University and Babcock University in Ilisan-Remo, which was the first private university in the country. 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 Permanent Orientation Camp is located at Sagamu Local Government area of the state.

The State Anthem

Ise ya Ise ya Omo Ogun ise ya Eledumare ise ma ya o e Ise ya

Eyin omo ogun ese giri Ise po fun wa lati se Omo rere kii n sa se Omo Ogun kii n sole E bere gberu o, Oluwa n be fun wa, e tera mo se o Ise ya, Omo Ogun Ise ya.

Notable people from Ogun

Tertiary Institutions in Ogun state

Notable religious places in Ogun state

  • Islamic Mission for Africa, Abeokuta
  • Ahmadiyya Missionary Training Centre, Ilaro
  • The Church of the Lord (Aladura), Ogere Remo
  • ST PETER"S Cathedral, Ake, Abeokuta
  • Ijebu-Ode Central Mosque, Ijebu-Ode
  • Celestial Church of Christ (CCC) World-wide Camp, Imeko
  • Christ Love Evangelical Ministries(CLEM) Ibadan Road, Ijebu-Ode
  • Diadem Christian Church International, Ijebu Ode
  • The Redemption Camp of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, along Lagos-Ibadan Exp. Way, Mowe
  • Faith Tabernacle aka Winners Chapel, Canaanland, Ota
  • Prayer City of Mountain of Fire & Miracle Ministry, along Lagos-Ibadan Exp. Way
  • Deeper Life Conference Center (DLCC), along Lagos-Ibadan Exp. Way
  • Faith City (Apostolic Faith Church) along Atan-Agbara road, Igbesa, Ogun State
  • Chief Oyeneye Olusesan House in Oluwo Onikolobo, Abeokuta
  • Bilikisu Sungbo Shrine, Oke-Eiri, near Ijebu-Ode, declared a national Heritage since 1964,was the burial place of the acclaimed (Sungbo Eredo and Its Ecotourism Values: Sonubi O K (2009)Queen Sheba, a gathering of faithfuls during major Muslim and Christian festivals
  • St. John's African church Arigbajo
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Kuto Abeokuta

Major Rivers

Think Tanks

See also

  • List of Ogun State local government areas by population
  • List of Tourism attractions in the state: Olumo Rock in Abeokuta, Bilikisu Sungbo Shrine in Oke-Eri, Yemoji Natural Swimming Pool at Ijebu-Ode, Oyan Dam in Abeokuta North, Iwopin Boat Regatta and Ebute-Oni in Ogun Waterside. Other sites are: Madam Tinubu Shrine, Abeokuta; Oronna Shrine, Ilaro; Area J4 Forest Reserve (Omo Biosphere Reserve); Tongeji Island, Ipokia; Old Manse at Ogbe, Abeokuta; St James Anglican School, Ota and Ijamido River Shrine, Ota. There is also the June 12 Cultural Centre Park and Museum at Abeokuta(source:Ogun State Diary, 2013). Ojude-Oba festival, Ijebu-Ode and Agemo festival in Ijebu.University of Agriculture Zoological Garden, Abeokuta, Sungbo Eredo-the largest single ancient monument in Africa in Ijebu(Darling,1999).


  1. ^ a b "C-GIDD (Canback Global Income Distribution Database)". Canback Dangel. Retrieved 2008-08-20. 

External links

  • Ogun State Government Homepage
  • Portal of Educational Institutions in Ogun State
  • Federal Government College, Odogbolu
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