Brief History of Ondo State
Ondo State was created on the 3rd of February 1976 out of the former Western State. The state lies between latitudes 5 45’ and 7 52’N and longitudes 4 20’ and 6 03’E. Ondo State has a population of 3.4 million people, of which 1, 679,761 are females and 1,761,263 males. It is the 20th most populous state in Nigeria, and has a total land area of 15,500 sq kms. Ondo state can be found in the south western part of Nigeria, it is bounded on the east by Edo and Delta states, on the west by Ogun and Osun states, on the north by Ekiti and Kogi states, and to the south by the Bight of Benin of the Atlantic Ocean. The state occupies a land area of about 15,000 Square kilometers with a population of 3,441,924 people according to 2006 census.
The state has eighteen (18) Local Government Areas, with Akure as the capital city as well as the largest settlement. The state is predominantly occupied by the Yorubas who speak various dialects of the language such as the Akoko, Akure, Apoi, Idanre, Ijaw, Ikale, Ilaje.
Education is accorded high priority by the state government with the state reputed as the education factory of Nigeria as a result of emphasis in this sector over the years with thousands of primary schools and hundreds of secondary schools, there are also tertiary institutions in the state. The State also has a number of tertiary educational institutions. These include: Elizade University Ilara-Mokin, Federal University of Technology Akure, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa, Achievers University, Owo, Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Adeyemi College of Education (now Adeyemi University of Education), Ondo, Wesley University of Science and Technology, (WUSTO) Ondo, National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA) Ondo, Millennium College of Health Technology, Akure Ondo State, and Ondo State school of Health Technology, Akure, Ondo State.
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Natural Resources in the State
The Sunshine state is a domain of intellectuals that harbours human, capital and natural resources- the habitat home of the rich, wealthy and prominent; the natural environment for animals, plants and other organisms; and a blessed large deposit of Natural resources of oil, rubber, rock, tourism etc.
Mineral resources in the state includes bitumen (the 2nd largest in the world), Oil & Gas, Quartz sand, Clay, Granite, Limestone, Talc, Kaolin, Coal, Columbine, Rock, Tin, River, Mineral deposits, Ocean fronts and the largest Coastline in Nigeria.
Agriculture is the mainstay of the economy, and the chief products are cotton and tobacco from the north, cocoa from the central part, and rubber and timber (teak and hardwoods) from the south and east; palm oil and kernels are cultivated for export throughout the state. Ondo is Nigeria’s chief cocoa-producing state. Other crops include rice, yams, corn (maize), coffee, taro, cassava (manioc), vegetables, and fruits. Traditional industries include pottery making, cloth weaving, tailoring, carpentry, and blacksmithing. Mineral deposits include kaolin, pyrites, iron ore, petroleum, and coal. There is a textile mill and a palm-oil processing plant at Okitipupa.
The Ikogosi hot spring and the historic Idanre Hills are places of interest. National Museum at Owo which houses the wood and ivory carvings, brass and bronze works, excavated at Egbaren Estate, Owo in 1971, Igbokoda Water Front, Iponle-Iloro Water falls, Oko Marie Hills at Oka-Akoko, Ebomi Lake at Epinmi-Akoko.
The ethnic composition of Ondo State is largely from the Yoruba subgroups of the Akoko, Akure, Okitipupa, Ilaje, Ondo, and Owo peoples. Ijaw such as Apoi and Arogbo populations inhabit the coastal areas; while a sizable number of the Ondo State people who speak a variant of the Yoruba language similar to Ife dialect reside in Oke-Igbo.
Notable people in Ondo state includes Chief Gani Fawehinmi, Akinyelure Patrick Ayo, Bamidele Aturu, Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, Bode Olajumoke, Chris Olukolade, Gani Adams, Jimoh Ibrahim, Kayode Ajulo, King Sunny Ade, Micheal Ade Ojo, Nahzeem Olufemi Mimiko, Olu Falae, Olusegun Agagu, Olusegun Mimiko, Olusola Alexander Oke, Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, T. B. Joshua.
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