Ogun State

Nickname(s): Gateway State

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 created 3 February 1976
Capital Abeokuta
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 2006 census recorded a total population of 3,751,140 residents.

Other cities and towns in the Ogun State are Ijebu Ode, Sagamu, Ijebu Igbo, Iperu, 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,[2] Nestle,[3] DHL, Big Treat, Philip & Associates Int'l,[4] P&G [5] and Coleman Cables.[6]


The current Governor of the State is Senator Ibikunle Amosun

Local Government Areas

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

Educational Facilities

Ogun has one Federal University: the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAB), 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 CorpsNYSC Permanent Orientation Camp is located at Sagamu Local Government area of the state.

Notable people from Ogun

Tertiary Institutions in Ogun state

Notable religious places in Ogun state

Major rivers

Cultural events

The Ake Festival of Arts and Books takes place in Abeokuta every November.

Ojude Oba Festival takes place in Ijebu Ode, three days after Eid kabir.

Yewa Festival held every two years in Yewa land. Oronna Festival takes place in Ilaro-Yewa every November.

Ita Oba day, celebration at OTA palace square,a day after il-dlikabir sallah.

Think Tanks

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