|Land Area & Rank
||14,793.189 sq. km (27)
||Feb. 3, 1976
||Rotimi Akeredou, APC
|House of Assembly
||Akure (capital), Owo, Ondo, Ikare, Owena
||Yoruba (major), Izon and Oke-Agbe
Rank & Sex: 3,441,024 (18).
||Gov. Office: 234-34-243368
Abuja Liaison office:
Plot 76 Ralph Shodeinde Street
OPP. Ministry of Finance
Central Business Area
P.M.B.373 Garki, Abuja
Lagos Liaison Office:
Plot 1226, Ahmadu Bello Way
Victoria Island, Lagos.
Tel/ Fax: 01- 2617061, 2617065
|Local Government Areas
|Akoko North East
|Akoko North West
|Akoko South East
|Akoko South West
Akure Guest House
Ilesha Road, P.O Box 705
Akure Plaza Motel
Owena Motels Ltd
Adekunle Ajasin Road
Tel: 234-34-200280-12, 243340, 243341
What is today Ondo state evolved from the old western
region of 1947 and Western state of 1967. Ten years later
on February 3, 1976 Ondo State was created by Gen.
Murtala Mohammed’s regime. The state is located in the
south-west of Nigeria. The people of the state are
predominantly Yoruba ethnic group. The Ijaw-Arogbo and
Ijaw-Apoi who inhabit some parts of the riviera areas of
the state are not of the Yoruba race. On October 1, 1996,
Ekiti state was created out of Ondo State.
In the North by Ekiti and Kogi
states, in the East by Edo State, in the West by Oyo and
Ogun states, in the South by Atlantic Ocean.
The land rises steadily from the shores of
the Atlantic Ocean in the south to the giant highlands of
Akoko areas in the North. The highlands which are part of
the famous Yoruba highlands of western Nigeria constitute
a great watershed from where most of the notable rivers
draining Ondo State take their sources. The Owena River is
the prominent river in the state. It serves one third of the
inhabitants their daily household water needs. Generally
the plains and valleys intersperse the highlands as well as
the predominant lowlands in the Southern part of the state.
The climate is tropical with two distinct seasons:
The rain season (April-October) and dry season
(November-March) Temperature throughout the year
ranges from 21oc to 290C. The annual rainfall varies from
2,000mm in the South to 1,150mm in the Northern areas.
The state generally enjoys luxuriant vegetation. A high
forest zone found in the South while the Northern fringe is
mostly sub-savannah forest.
The state has 1,128 primary schools, 262
secondary schools comprising 252 public schools, 5 state
unity schools, 2 federal unity schools, 2 technical colleges and one school for the handicapped. The state also has one
polytechnic at Owo, one College of Education at Ondo,
one College of Agriculture at Akure, two universities: one
state and one federal.
The state is agrarian. Local cottage industries
like weaving are common among the indigenes. The state
is also one of the oil producing states.
Food crops: yam, maize, cassava, rice,
cocoyam, tomatoes, and vegetable. Cash crops: Plantain,
banana, cocoa, coffee, rubber, kolanuts, oil palm, raffia
palm, citrus, cashew and coconut.
Economic trees: Gmelina, Iroko, Mahogany, Obeche,
Omo, Apa, Danta, Ayan etc.
kaolin, bulk clay, filter sand
and glass sand, limestone, coal/lignite, tar sand, oil,
bitumen, crude oil, iron ore, marble, salt and dimension
Gani Fawehinmi, Lawyer. Alex
Akinyele, businessman. Omitayo Ogunsulure, diplomat.
Solomon Oladunni, administrator. Rufus Giwa,
businessman. Aduloju Alfred, army officer rtd. Akin
Aduwo, navy officer rtd. Kasali Alo, businessman. Bode
Olajumoke, politician. Ifedayo Ladapo, academician. Alice
Mobolaji Osomo, lawyer/administrator. Dipo Ogunsulire,
banker. Alabi Raph, administrator. Sunday Adeniyi (Sunny
Ade), Musician. Joseph Sanusi, banker (CBN Governor
1999-2004), Ralph Akinfeleye, Mass Communicator.
Babatunde Rogers, banker. Olakunrin Olusola, chartered
accountant. Olakunle Orojo, Justice. Oladele Fajemirokun,
economist. Kola Ademulegun, businessman. Osuntokun
Benjamin, Physician. Soji Oyinsan, administrator. E. O.
Akinsete, administrator. K. Ekundayo, industrialist.
Babatunde Jose, journalist. Akinola Aguda, Justice.
Sunday Ehindero, Police officer (IG 2005-2007)