Ondo State --- The Sunshine State
Ondo State, Nigeria was created on 3 February 1976 from the former Western State. It originally included what is now Ekiti State, which was split off in 1996. Akure is the state capital.
Local Governments in Ondo State
There are eighteen local governments in Ondo State : Akoko North- East, Akoko North- West, Akoko South- East, Akoko South- West, Owo, Ose, Akure South, Akure North, Ifedore, Idanre, Ondo West, Ondo East, Ile- Oluji/ Oke- Igbo, Odigbo, Okitipupa, Irele, Ilaje and Ese- Odo local government areas.
Ethnic Composition of Ondo State.
The ethnic composition of Ondo State is largely from the Yoruba subgroups of the Akoko, Akure, Ikale, Ilaje, Ondo, and Owo peoples. Ijaw minority (such as Apoi and Arogbo) and Ilaje populations inhabit the coastal areas; while a sizable number of the Ondo State people who speak a variant of the Yoruba language similar to Ife dialect reside in Oke-Igbo. These people are also Yorubas.
The uniqueness of Ondo State....The Sunshine State
Ondo State is uniquely different from all other States of the South-West not only because of the academic edge it has over all other South- Western States.It has the highest number of Public Primary and Secondary Schools, but also in being the only State in the region classified among the Niger-Delta in the Country. Ondo State is endowed with many human and natural resources. As the human resources which the State is endowed with have contributed immensely in many facets of human and nation's endeavor are innumerable to mention, so also the natural resources. It is worthy to note that so many natural resources like: quartz, bitumen--- are found in Ondo State.
Occupation of the Sunshine State People.
Agriculture is the major occupation of the people of Ondo State as it engages the large proportion of the State population (65%). Farming activities is encouraged because the State is richly endowed with arable land and sea/ river bodies that engage the large proportion of the State population in various crops and livestock production cum fishing activities. Ondo State is the leading producer of Cocoa in Nigeria. Other crops being produced in the State include: Yam, Cassava, Palm oil and so on. The State can be described as being sparsely industrialized. The major industries in Ondo State and their locations are:
Alpha Industries, Nigeria/ Romania factory , Cocoa Processing Factory , Okitipupa Oil Palm Company, Oluwa Glass Company. It is worthy to note that nearly all these industries are either in a Comatose or state of moribund as our government are either uninterested in revamping the industries or building new ones that should otherwise generate employment for the people.
Tourism in Ondo State
Ondo State is also a reference point as a centre of tourist attraction. The major tourist attraction in the State are: Idanre Hill(Mare Festival), Ipole-Iloro water falls, Oke Maria, Cares of Ashes in Isarun, Araromi Aiyetoro Seaside.
Politics in Ondo State
Ondo State political development history dated back from the creation of Ondo State as a sovereign State in 1976 from the defunct Western region. Right from that moment till date, a total of sixteen (16) persons altogether have handled and piloted the affairs of the State.
The reference point of meaningful and appreciable Economic and Socio-Politico- Cultural development in Ondo State took its root in 1976 under the administration of Pa. Micheal Adekunle Ajasin.
Right from the truncation of the First Republic by the Military Junta, the control of the state had been undertaken by different military men, thereby making the State experience little or no development.
After Pa. Adekunle Ajasin, the affairs of the State was undertaken by another Civillian, Michael Bamidele Olumilua, with Dr. Olusegun Agagu as his deputy. the administration was toppled in 1993; this then paved way for another round of military rule.
The dawn of another democracy was birthed in 1999, with Chief Adebayo Adefarati as the governor of Ondo State. The administration of Chief Adefarati witnessed an appreciable development as it was a total relief from the long-lasting military rule.
In 2003, the mantle of leadership was handed over to Dr. Olusegun Agagu who piloted the affairs of the State to an enviable height. The hallmark of his administration centered on transparency, accountability and patriotism as sentiment, nepotism and tribalism were abolished in the way projects were implemented.
The present governor of the state is Dr. Olusegun Abayomi Mimiko who assumed office on February 23, 2009 on the platform of the Labour Party(LP). He has since decamped to the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP). His achievements in the state include the Mother and Child Hospitals in Akure and Ondo town, the Medical Village in Ondo town, the ultra modern primary school across the state, the modern markets in the state.