About Ogun, the Gateway State to Nigeria

Map Ogun State, the Gateway State

Gateway State to Nigeria, Ogun State

Map Ogun State, the Gateway StateOgun State, the Gateway State was created in February 1976 out the former Western Region of Nigeria.

The state is 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.

Abeokuta is the capital and largest city in the state.

The state has one federal university: the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta; and three state government universities: Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye (formerly known as Ogun State University), Moshood Abiola University of Technology, Abeokuta 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.

Other cities and towns in the State are Ijebu Ode, Sagamu, Ijebu Igbo, Ilaro Ayetoro, and Ota.

Statistics

Date created – 3 February 1976

State Capital – Abeokuta

Government

  • Governor – Ibikunle Amosun (APC)
  • Deputy – Yetunde Onanuga
  • State House of Assembly Members

• Senators

  • Ogun West – Joseph Dada (APC)
  • Ogun Central – Lanre Tejuosho (APC)
  • Ogun East – Buruji Kashamu (PDP)

• Federal Representatives

Area

• Total 16,762 km2 (6,472 sq mi)
Area rank 24th of 36

Population (1991 census)

• Total 2,338,570
• Estimate(2005) 4,054,272
• Rank N/A of 36
• Density 140/km2 (360/sq mi)

GDP(PPP)

• Year 2007
• Total $10.47 billion
• Per capita $2,740

Administrative Divisions

The state has the following twenty Local Government Areas:

  • Abeokuta North
  • Abeokuta South
  • Ado-Odo/Ota
  • Ewekoro
  • Ifo
  • Ijebu East
  • Ijebu North
  • Ijebu North East
  • Ijebu Igbo
  • Ijebu Ode
  • Ikenne
  • Imeko Afon
  • Ipokia
  • Obafemi Owode
  • Odogbolu
  • Odeda
  • Ogun Waterside
  • Remo North
  • Sagamu or Shagamu
  • Yewa North formerly Egbado North
  • Yewa South formerly Egbado South

Famous native sons and daughters

  • Olusegun Obasanjo
  • Mike Adenuga Jnr
  • Peter Akinola
  • Obafemi Awolowo
  • MKO Abiola
  • Ernest Shonekan
  • Oladipo Diya
  • Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti
  • J A Aromire
  • Kuforiji Olubi
  • Ola Rotimi
  • Fela Anikulapo Kuti
  • Wole Soyinka
  • Tai Solarin
  • Oba Otudeko
  • Subomi Balogun
  • Bayo Kuku
  • Chief Olu Oyesanya
  • Sunday Adelaja
  • Prof. Adebayo Adedeji, CFR
  • Nike Osinowo
  • Daniel Banjo (D-Banj)
  • Olikoye Ransome-Kuti
  • Beko Ransome-Kuti
  • Olusegun Osoba
  • Olu Jacob
  • Haruna Ishola
  • Femi kuti
  • Hubert Ogunde
  • Bukonla Elemide (Asa)

The Gateway State Universities

  • University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
  • Covenant University, Ota
  • Bells University of Technology, Ota
  • Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye
  • Redeemer’s University (RUN), Redemption Camp of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Mowe
  • Babcock University, Ilisan Remo
  • Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu Ode
  • Crawford University, Igbesa
  • Crescent University, Abeokuta
  • Mountain Top University, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria

Notable religious places in Ogun state

  • Celestial Church of Christ (CCC) Worldwide Camp
  • 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 Congress 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
Think Tanks
  • African Centre for Development and Strategic Studies (ACDESS)
  • Obasanjo Presidential Libray

Sources: Wikipedia, Government of Ogun State Website

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