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Ekiti State
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Capital Ado-Ekiti
Land Area & Rank 5,802 sq km (34)
Year Created 1st Oct. 1996
Governor Ayodele Fayose, PDP
Deputy Gov Olusola Eleka, PDP
L.G.A 16
House of Assembly 24
Major Areas/Towns Ado-Ekiti (capital), Efon-Alaaye, Aramoko, Ikole, Ikere.
Local Dialects Alaaye, Aramoko, Ikole, Ikere..
Motto “Fountain of Knowledge”
Population 2006 Census:
Rank & Sex: 2,384,212(29)
Male: 1,212,609
Contact Phone Gov. Office: 234-30-250793
SSG: 234-30-250417
Email: www.ekitistategovt.org
Liason Office Abuja Liaison Office:
11A, Suez Crescent
Ibrahim Abacha Estate, By Sheraton Hotel
Zone 4 Wuse
P. M. B. 388, Garki, Abuja
Tel: 09-5238876, 5238875
Fax: 09-5235720

Lagos Liaison Office:
Oduduwa House
Plot 1226, Ahmadu Bello Way,
Victoria Island, Lagos
Tel: 01-2617065
Local Government Areas
LGA Headquarter
Ado-Ekiti Ado-Ekiti
Efon Alaaye Efon Alaaye
Ekiti East Omuo Ekiti
Ekiti South West Ilawe-Ekiti
Ekiti West Aramoko
Emure Emure-Ekiti
Gbonyin Ode-Ekiti
Ido-Osi Ido-Ekiti
Ijero Ijero
Ikere Ikere-Ekiti
Ikole Ikole-Ekiti
Ilejemeje Iye-Ekiti
Irepodun/Ifelodun Igede-Ekiti
Ise/Orun Ise-Ekiti
Moba Otun-Ekiti
Oye Oye Ekiti
Hotels & Tourism

Important places: Ikogosi warm spring resort, Erinta water falls, Olosunta hills, Fajuyi Square, Ero dam, Egbe dam.

Important Events: Idiroko festival, Oitade festival, Ogun festival, Olofin festival, Eegun festival and Aparikan festival.

Atlas Motel Ltd
Ikare Road
Ado Ekiti

Ikogosi Warm Spring M

Tourist Centre Road
Ikogosi Ekiti

Owena Motels Ltd
P.O.Box 764
Ado Ekiti
Tel: 234-30-250613, 250517
The Ekitis migrated from Ile-Ife. As a people, they form one of the largest ethnic groups in Yorubaland. Ekitis are culturally homogeneous and they speak a dialect of Yoruba language known as Ekiti. The state was created in 1996 by Gen. Sani Abacha regime. The creation marked the end of long and sustained struggle spanning over 100 years for autonomy and a geo-political entity called Ekiti.

On 27, September 2005, the former Deputy Governor- Abiodun Aluko was impeached by the state's House of Assembly for gross misconduct. On 7, October, 2005; Mr. Adebisi Omoyeni; a banker an Ikare-Ekiti indigene just as the former Deputy was sworn in as a replacement. On 9 December, 2005 Mrs Abiodun Olujimi a member of House of Representative was appointed to replace Adebisi Omoyeni as the Deputy Governor. 2006 will remains memorable for the Ekitis. The political tumor which has plagued the state since 2003 when the PDP government took over continued to ravage the state.

On 14 August a PDP governorship aspirant, Ayo Daramola was assassinated. On 16 October the governor, Ayo Fayose was impeached by the state house of assembly for gross financial delinquencies and abuse of office. The political atmosphere in the state got to a broken point with three persons laying claim to the seat of power of the state. Ayo Fayose the impeached governor, his deputy Abiodun Olujimi who was impeached along with him and the speaker of house of assembly, Friday Aderemi. On 19 October 2006, a stste of emergency was declared by the president to avert the break down of law and order. Tunji Olurin, a retired army officer was appointed as an administrator..  


In the North is Kwara and Kogi States, Ondo State in the South and East, Osun state to the West.


The state is mainly an upland zone, rising above 250 metres above sea level. It lies within the area underlain by metamorphic rocks of the basement complex. It has a generally undulating land surface with a characteristic land scape that consists of old plains broken by steep-sided out-crops dome rocks that may occur singularly or in groups or ridges. The major rivers are; Ero, Osun and Ose.


The state enjoys two tropical distinct climates. The rain season starts in April and lasts till October, the dry season is from November to March. Temperature ranges between 210 and 280C with high humidity. Tropic forest exists in the South, while Guinea Savannah Occupies the Northern Peripheries.


The “Fountain of Knowledge” which is the state's motto, is demonstrated with the premium the state pays to education. The state has 541 primary schools, 74 private primary schools. 145 secondary schools including four technical schools, 18 private secondary schools. The state has one College of Education, One Polytechnic and One University.


Agriculture is the mainstay of the economy accounting for 75% of the population work force.


The agricultural products in the state include; Cocoa, Oil palm, Rubber, Timber, Yam, Cowpea, Kolanut, Cassava and Maize.

Mineral/Natural Resources:

The mineral resources found in the state include: clay, kaolin, columbite, bauxite, foundry sand, granite, charconite, bitumen and tin ore.

Famous Natives:

R.A. Adebayo, army officer (rtd) /administrator. Ernest Adeleye, airforce officer. Adekunle Fajuyi, nationalist/army officer. Abiodun Adetiloye, clergy. Fola Alade, architect. Joseph Oluwasanmi, surgeon. Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, administrator. Ayo Ogunlade, administrator. Bode Olowoporoku, politician/cocoa merchant. Femi Falana, lawyer/human rights activist. Babalola Borishade, administrator. Bamidele Olumilua, clergy. Sam Aluko, economist. Niyi Adebayo, politician (Governor 1999-2003). Paul Alabi, administrator. Kola Adefemi , administrator. Ademola Ajakaye, justice. Remi Omotoso, administrator. Ayo Ajayi, industrialist. Wole Olanipekun, lawyer. Chief Fabunmi, warrior. Bisi Omoleye, justice. Afe Babalola, Lawyer. 
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