Ogun State is located in Southwest Nigeria. The state was created in 1976 and shares borders with Lagos state, Ondo and Osun state, Ondo, and the Republic of Benin to its South, north, east, west respectively. The capital of Ogun state is Abeokuta. There are 24 Local Government Areas in Ogun state. This article covers all you need to know about these local governments in Ogun state.
List of Local Governments in Ogun State
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Its headquarters are in the town of Akomoje, near the state capital, Abeokuta. According to the 2006 census, the LGA has a population of 201,329 people. Abeokuta North also houses the Oyan Dam, which is an important source of water to the cities of Lagos and Abeokuta. The postal code of the area is 110
Its headquarters are at Ake Abeokuta. According to the 2006 census, Abeokuta South LGA has a population of 250,278 people.
The Ado-Odo or Ota Local Government Area
Ado-Odo local government was founded on May 19, 1989, after Ota was merged with Ado-Odo/Igbesa Areas which is part of Yewa South Local Government. Ado-Odo/Ota shares borders with metropolitan Lagos. It is also the second-largest Local Government Area in Ogun State. Its headquarters is at Ota. It is a highly industrial Local Government with the highest number of industries in the state. The area is also agrarian in nature so the people produce cash and food crops. Ado-Odo Local Government Area also boasts of a range of cultural, traditional, and historic attractions. These include the popular Egungun (Masquerade) and Oduduwa (Odu’a) festival.
This LGA is of great economic importance to the country at large. It is being quarried for the production of cement by Lafarge and Dangote group. Its headquarters are in the town of Itori. According to the 2006 census, Ewekoro has a population of 55,156 people.
Its headquarters are in the town of Ifo. According to the 2006 census, Ifo has a population of 524,837 people. The main language spoken in Ifo is Egba language.
It shares borders with Lagos state and Lagos Lagoon to the south. Its headquarters are in the town of Ogbere. According to the 2006 census, Ijebu East has a population of 110,196 people.
Its headquarters are in the town of Ijebu Igbo and is highly populated by Ijebu people. Ijebu North was established in 1979. The local government houses Olabisi Onabanjo University.
Ijebu North East
The Local Government was established on 13 December 1996. It was been carved out of Ijebu – Ode Local Government. Upon creation, the Local Government was first called Ilugun – Alaro. The name was later changed to Ijebu North East Local Government, with its headquarters at Atan.
Ijebu- Ode is both a town and local government area in Ogun state. Ever since pre-colonial times, Ijebu-Ode has been the capital of the Ijebu kingdom. According to a 2007 census, Ijebu- Ode has an estimated population of 222,653 people.
Its headquarters are in the town of Ikenne. According to the 2006 census, Ikenne has a population of 118,735 people.
Ilara Yewa lies on the border between Nigeria and the Republic of Benin. The LGA is an offshoot community of Ketu, which is located in the Benin Republic. History has it that, Ketu people migrated from Ile-Ife, in order to establish the Ketu Kingdom. Although Ilara had maintained the affinity with Ketu, it was lost when Ilara was later divided to the British protectorate. The people of Ilara are mostly traders who engage in international trade between Nigeria and Benin. Another major occupation in Ilara is farming.
Its headquarters are in the town of Imeko. In December 1996, Imeko Afon Local Government was carved out from the old Egbado North Local Government by the military regime of General Sani Abacha. Farming is the main economic activity in Imeko Afon.
Iperu or Iperu Akesan Bale Oja
Iperu is the most populous town in Remo Region. It is situated near the Ibu River. The city was founded in the mid-19th century by a group of small towns who united to defend themselves during the wars brought about by the fall of the Oyo Empire. Until the end of the 19th century when the British arrived the area, Iperu controlled the trade routes between the ports in the Niger Delta and the Yoruba mainland.
Its headquarters is Ipokia town. According to the 2006 census, Ipokia has a population of 150,426 people. It the capital of Ipokia Local Government. Ipokia town has large deposits of Kaolin and Red clay, fertile land and soft sand for construction. Tongeni Island, near Ipokia has large and commercial deposit of crude oil.
Itele is a community part of Ijebu-East LGA. Major activities in the town include farming, fishing and trade.
According to the 2006 census, Obafemi Owode has a population of 228,851 people.
Odeda (or Awdeda)
Odeda shares borders with Bakatare and Alogi.
Ogere, also known as Ogere Remo is an ancient town located in the present Remo region. The town was founded circa 1401 A.D. Its headquarters are in the town of Odogbolu.
Ogere is part of the Ikenne Local Government Area of Ogun State.
Ogun Waterside is the only area of Ogun State with a coastline on the Bight of Benin. It also shares borders with Lagos Lagoon. Its headquarters are in the town of Abigi.
Its headquarters are in the town of Isara. According to the 2006 census, Remo North has a population of 59,911 people.
Sagamu or Ishagamu
Sagamu comprises of thirteen towns located between Lagos and Ibadan. Sagamu was established in the mid-19th century by members of the Remo branch. It is the capital of Remo Kingdom.
There major deposits of limestone in the Sagamu region. This is used in the production of cement. Agricultural products found in the region include cocoa and kola nuts.
Yewa North used to be known as Egbado North. Its headquarters are in the town of Aiyetoro
Yewa South used to be known as Egbado North. Its headquarters are in the town of Ilaro.