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Ondo State Profile

Official Name: Ondo State of Nigeria
Appellation: Sunshine State
State Capital: Akure
Date of Creation: February, 1976
Consititution Status: One of the 36 States of the Federation of Nigeria
Location: Ondo State, made up of 18 Local Government Areas is located in the South Western Zone of Nigeria. The state lies between longitudes 4"30" and 6" East of the Greenwich Meridian, 5"45" and 8" 15" North of the Equator.This means that the state lies entirely in the tropics. Ondo state is bounded in the North by Ekiti/Kogi State; in the East by Edo State; in the West by Oyo and Ogun States and in the South by the Atlantic Ocean.
land Area: 14,788.723 square kilometers.
Population: 3,460,877 comprising 1,745.057 Male and 1,715,820 female(as at 2006)
ONDO STATE POPULATION (2006 POPULATION CENSUS)
S/N L.G.A Population Males Females
1 Akoko North East 179,092 92,456 86,636
2 Akoko North West 211,867 107,075 104,791
3 Akoko South East 82,443 42,175 40,268
4 Akoko South West 228,383 114,333 113,650
5 Akure North 130,765 66,526 64,239
6 Akure South 360,268 178,672 181,596
7 Ese Odo 158,256 75,812 78,444
8 Idanre 129,795 67,533 62,264
9 Ifedore 176,370 89,574 86,796
10 Ilaje 289,838 146,858 142,979
11 Ile-Oluji/Okeigbo 171,876 87,104 84,772
12 Irele 144,136 72,851 71,275
13 Odigbo 232,287 116,299 115,988
14 Okitipupa 234,138 117,594 116,544
15 Ondo East 76,092 38,851 37,241
16 Ondo West 288,868 141,759 147,109
17 Ose 144,139 73,119 110,206
18 Owo 222,262 112,056 110,206
Total: 3,460,877 1,745,057 1,715,820
 
THE PROFILE:
Ondo State, which is indeed a microcosm of the Nigeria nation, is blessed with resourceful, industrious and hospitable people, who are predominantly Yoruba namely: the Akoko, Akure, Apoi, Idanre, Ijaw, Ikale, Ilaje, Ondo and the Owo. Her crop of educated elites has led to its being classified as one of the most educationally advanced states in Nigeria. The people are mostly subsistence farmers, fishermen and traders.
The life pattern of the people represents an embodiment of culture, ranging from the local foodstuff to the mode of dressing, dancing, wood crafts, such as carved house post and decorated doors. The Culture of Ondo State people speaks volume. Antiquities and artifacts are also preserved in palaces of traditional rulers some of which have been declared as National Monuments.
 
LANGUAGES:
Yoruba, Ijaw and English (Official Language) and several dialects of the sub-groups.
 
FESTIVALS:
Ogun, Olokun, Igogo, Egungan, Ajagbo, Orosun, Arigiya, Boat Regatta and Mare.
 
VEGETATION:
The state enjoys generally, luxuriant vegetation.  A high forest zone (or rain forest) is found in the south, while the northern fringesis mostly sub- savannah forest.
 
CLIMATIC CONDICTION:
The climate is tropical with two distinct seasons viz the rainy season (April-October) and the Dry season (November-March). The temperature through out the year ranges from 21C-29C while humidity is relatively high. The annual rain fall varies from 2.000mm in the southern parts to 1150mm in the northern areas. The rainfall decreases in amount and distribution from the coast to the hinterland.
 
NATURAL RESOURCES:
Extensive fertile soil suitable for agriculture with sub- savannah forest suitable for cattle gazing in the Northern fringes. Vast forest resources, variety of timber species e.g Teak, Gmelina, Masionia e.t.c. Ondo State is the largest producer of Cocoa in Nigeria. Other cash crops grown in the state include rubber, cashew, kolanut, palm oil etc.
 
MINERAL RESOURCES:
Oil and Gas; Ondo State produces 12% of Nigeria’s total output, other mineral resources found in the state are quartz sand, clay, granite, limestone talc, kaoline, coal, columbite, rock, tin, bitumen. ( the second largest  deposit in the world ) many rivers, ocean fronts, and the longest  coast line in Nigeria.
 
TOURISM SITES:
Idanre hill tourism centre at idanre Mountain Climbing and cultural festival (Mare) that holds every December in idanre. Ebomi lake at Ipesi in Akoko South East Local Government Area, coast creeks and canals, Igb Olodumare at Oke igbo, iho-Eleeru (cave of ashes) at Isarun in Ifedore Local Government Area
 
SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT:
Constitutional democracy in a Federal Republic with elected Executive and Legislature and an Independent Judiciary.

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