Brief History of Oyo State
Oyo, usually referred to as Oyo State to distinguish it from the city of Oyo, is an inland state in south-western Nigeria, with its capital at Ibadan. It is bounded in the north by Kwara State, in the east by Osun State, in the south by Ogun State and in the west partly by Ogun State and partly by the Republic of Benin.
Oyo State popularly referred to as “Pace Setter” is one of the 36 states of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Ibadan has been the centre of administration of the old Western Region, Nigeria since the day of the British colonial rule. Ibadan is surrounded by seven hills and it’s ‘re second largest city in Nigeria.
Oyo State covers approximately an area of 28,454 square kilometers and is ranked 14th by size. The landscape consists of old hard rocks and dome shaped hills, which rise gently from about 500 meters in the southern part and reaching a height of about 1,219 metre above sea level in the northern part.
Education in Oyo State
Presently the State has 2,004 public schools, 971 private nursery/primary schools, 969 public secondary schools including 7 schools of Science and 57 private secondary schools. There are five government technical colleges at Oyo, Ogbomoso, Ibadan, Saki and Igbo-Ora. The colleges are: Federal College of Education, Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igbo-Ora, Oyo State College Of Nursing And Midwifery Eleyele Ibadan, Oyo State college of heath science and technology eleyele ibadan, The College of Education, Lanlate. The first university in Nigeria is the University of Ibadan. Ither universities in the state are: Lead City University, Ibadan, Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo and the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology , Ogbomoso, Dominican University, Ibadan, Oyo State Technical University, Ibadan, Oyo state. Polytechnics in Oyo State are: The Polytechnic, Ibadan, The Ibarapa Polytechnic, The Oke-ogun Polytechnic, The king Polytechnic, Ibadan, Tower Polytechnic, Ibadan, Bolmor Polytechnic, Ibadan.
Agricultural and Natural Resources in the State
Agriculture is the main occupation of the people of Oyo State. The climate in the state favours the cultivation of crops like maize, yam, cassava, millet, rice, plantains, cocoa, palm produce, cashew etc. There are a number of government farm settlements in Ipapo, Ilora, Eruwa, Ogbomosho, Iresaadu, Ijaiye, Akufo and Lalupon. There is abundance of clay, kaolin and aquamarine. There are also vast cattle ranches at Saki, Fasola and Ibadan, a dairy farm at Monatan in Ibadan and the statewide Oyo State Agricultural Development Programme with headquarters at Saki. A number of international and federal agricultural establishment are located in the state.
Agricultural resources in the state in include:Tobacco, Cocoa, Palm Produce, Beans, Plantain, Cassava, Maize, Kolanuts. The natural resources include: Tin, Gold, Columbite, Marble, Aqua, Cassiterite, clay, Gemstones, Kaolin, Solimonite, Taic and Tantalite.
Tourism in Oyo State
Cocoa House was the first skyscraper built in Africa. The state is home to NTA Ibadan, the first television station in Africa, and the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium , a stadium with a capacity of 35,000. Other major tourist attractions located in the state include: Agodi Botanical Garden, Ado-Awaye Suspended lake, Mapo Hall, University of lbadan Zoological Garden, Ido Cenotaph, Trans-Wonderland Amusement Park, Old Oyo National Park located in the historical site of the ancient capital of the famous old Oyo Empire, Iyamopo and Agbele Hill in Igbeti, Bowers Tower and the Cultural Centre, Mokola.
Notable People in Oyo State.
Notable People in Oyo State are: Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III , Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Olasunkanmi Abioye Opeola, Kurunloju I, Oniroko of Iroko, Lam Adesina, Senator Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja, Otunba (Dr) Christopher Adebayo Alao Akala, Professor Dibu Ojerinde, Lamidi Ariyibi Akanbi Adedibu, Senator (Rt. Hon.) Monsurat Sunmonu, Chief Akinpelu Obisesan, Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, His Imperial Majesty Oba Saliu Adetunji.
Latest News in Oyo State Today
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