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OGUN STATE

GATEWAY STATE

The climate pattern is tropical with a rainy season, starting around march and ending in November followed by the dry season. The primary occupation of the people is Agriculture and 80 percent of the total land area is arable. The state have evergreen forest vegetation and soul most suitable for the cultivation of cash crops such as oil palm, cocoa, rubber, cotton and food crops such as cassava ,pineapple, cocoyam, citrus, banana, plantain. Etc. in the North, there is a vast grazing savannah land that’s suitable for animal husbandry. There are forest reserves and lagoons in the southern part of the state. The state is conducive to medium and large scale large poultry and fish farming. Indeed, the state is the largest producer of poultry products in the country.

The State has enormous industrial potentials. Its natural resources, manpower and geographical proximity to Lagos makes it a potential industrial zone to the nation. Its extensive limestone deposit according to scientists hundred years. The multi-million naira cement factory in Sagamu is the largest cement factory in West Africa. Both this factory and Ewekoro Cement factory depend on the local lime stone resources for raw materials. Other mineral resources available include chalk, phosphate, high quality stones and gravels for construction works.

There are also other modern industries producing high quality beer, bicycle tyres, ceramic goods, high quality clay bricks, carpet and clothing materials.

Cultural heritage in the state are many. Some leading traditional festivals observed include Olumo, Ogun, Igunnuko, Egungun, Gelede, Obalufon and Oro. The state is famous for its Adire (tie and dye) textile products and also the Aso-Oke materials which are very colourful and eye-catching traditional festivals in the state held at regular intervals are a good source of interest to the tourist. Ogun State has good tourist potentials both natural and artificial. The famous Olumo Rock is an interesting source of tourist attraction.

Places to visit:

  • Olumo Rock in Abeokuta
  • Bilikisu Sungbo Shrine in Oke-Eri
  • Yemoji Natural Swimming Pool in Ijebu-Ode
  • Oyan Dam in Abeokuta North
  • Iwopin Boat Regatta
  • Ebute-Oni in Ogun Waterside.

Ogun state is a major economic hub. It has the largest concentration of industries in the country as well as serves as the major corridor for transportation of goods, services and people between the nations of commercial centre Lagos and the rest of the country and also the largest west African markets.

Ogun state boast an array of abundant natural resources that include forest and water bodies as well as large quantities of minerals deposits, such as limestone ,phosphate, granite stones ,gypsum, bauxite ,bitumen, feldspar, clay, glass sand, kaolin, quartz, tar sand, gemstones and crude oil are available in commercial quantities.

The state is the largest producer of cement in the country with 13 million metrics tones per annum.

OLUMO ROCK, ABEOKUTA

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