Ogun state was carved out of the old Western State of Nigeria and named after the Ogun River which runs across it from North to South.

Date created

Land area
16,432 Sq Km

Abeokuta, the capital and largest urban centre is about 90 kilometers from Lagos and 740kilometers from Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The state is strategically located, bordered to the East by Ondo State, in the North by Oyo and Osun States and in the South by Lagos State and the Atlantic Ocean and in the West by Republic of Benin.

Ogun State is peopled predominantly by the Egbas, Ijebus, Yewas, Remos and Aworis who belong to the main Yoruba ethnic group. It also has sub-groups, namely, Ketu, Ikale, Ilaje, Ohori, Anago and Egun. There are also significant numbers of Nigerians from other parts of the country as well as foreign nationals.

Natural resources
The State has abundant natural resources that include forest and water bodies as well as large quantities of mineral deposits, such as limestone, phosphate, granite stone, gypsum, bauxite, bitumen, feldspar, clay, glass sand, kaolin, quartz, tar sand, gemstones and crude oil are available in commercial quantities. The State is the largest producer of cement in the country with 13 million metric tonnes per annum.

Human resources
Ogun State is the cradle of education in Nigeria and has very high literacy rate coupled with a skilled workforce. There are 21 tertiary institutions both public and private, in the State, making it the highest in the country. Out of the State’s total projected population of 7.1 million people as at 2014, fifty-seven (57) percent are of working age. Its people are very industrious and are found in all walks of life.

Wole Soyinka, a prominent 0gun person

The State is a major economic hub. It has one of the largest concentration of industries in the country and serves as the major corridor for transportation of goods, services and people between the nation’s commercial center Lagos, and the rest of the country as well as the large West African markets.

Local government areas
Abeokuta North
Abeokuta South
Ado Odo-ota
Ijebu East
Ijebu North
Ijebu North East
Ijebu Ode
Ogun Water Side
Remo North
Yewa / Egbado North
Yewa / Egbado South