Ogun State has several local government areas that oversee the day-to-day running of different parts of the state. These local governments are responsible for things like waste management, road maintenance, healthcare centers, and local schools in their areas. Knowing which local government you belong to is important for accessing certain public services or for voting in local elections.
In this article, we’ll provide a full list of all the local government areas in Ogun State, along with their headquarters location, land area, and some major towns and villages.
An Overview of Ogun State
Ogun State was formed on February 3rd 1976, from the former western state during the regime of General Murtala Mohammed. Ogun State is located in the southwestern part of Nigeria, situated in the tropical rainforest region. It borders Lagos State to the south, Oyo and Osun states to the north, Ondo State to the east, and the Republic of Benin to the west. Abeokuta is Ogun State’s Capital and its most populous city.
Ogun state is mostly covered with rainforest, with some woody savanna in the northwest. Ogun State had a total population of 3,751,140 residents in 2006, making it Nigeria’s 16th most populous state. With a total size of 16,762 square kilometers, Ogun State is Nigeria’s 24th largest state. Ogun State’s motto is “Gateway State.” it’s a doorway to opportunity, adventure, and prosperity.
Dapo Abiodun, a member of the All Progressives Congress who heads the Ogun State Executive Council, is the current Governor of Ogun State. Abiodun was sworn in as the fifth governor of Ogun State on May 29, 2019, at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Kuto, Abeokuta.
Ogun State is a major commercial hub and has a fast-growing economy with manufacturing as the major activity. It has one of the largest concentration of industries in Nigeria, including steel rolling mills, a brewery, and cement factories. Agriculture also contributes significantly to the economy, the major crops being cocoa, palm produce, rubber, and cassava. Ogun State has the highest number of registered universities in Nigeria (16), with 1 federal university, 3 state-owned universities, and 12 private universities.
Ogun State is the ancestral home of the Yoruba people, one of the largest ethnic groups in Nigeria, so it is steeped in culture and history. You’ll find many landmarks like the Olumo Rock in Abeokuta, the Ogun shrine, the Oronna Statue, and the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library. The cultural values of hard work, communal spirit, and hospitality are integral parts of the people’s way of life.
How Many Local Governments in Ogun State?
Ogun State has a total of 20 Local Government Areas, they are:
- Abeokuta North Akọmọjẹ
- Abeokuta South Ake
- Ado-Odo/Ota Ọ̀tà
- Ewekoro Itori
- Ifo Ifo
- Ijebu East Ọ̀gbẹ̀rẹ̀
- Ijebu North Ìjẹ̀bú Igbó
- Ijebu North East Atan
- Ijebu Ode Ìjẹ̀bú-Òde
- Ikenne Ìkẹ́nnẹ́
- Imeko Afon Imẹkọ
- Ipokia Ipokia
- Obafemi Owode Owódé-Ẹ̀gbá
- Odogbolu Odògbólú
- Odeda Odẹda
- Ogun Waterside Abigi
- Remo North Ìṣarà-Rẹ́mọ
- (Shagamu) Ṣàgámù
- Yewa North
- (formerly Egbado North) Ayetoro
- Yewa South
- (formerly Egbado South) Ilaro
20 local Government Areas in Ogun State With the villages and towns under them
Ogun State in Southwestern Nigeria has 20 local government areas that cover the many towns and villages within the state. Let’s explore each local government area in more detail:
Abeokuta North Local Government Area
Abeokuta North local government headquarters is located in Akomoje in Abeokuta and has several towns and an area of 808 km2. Abeokuta North Local Government Area is made up of several towns, which include Isagbesan, Ita-Kinoshi, Ita Balogun, Ita Iyalode, Ita Morin, Ita Oje, Oke Iddo, Ita, Oshin, Itaka, Ajitadun and Iyalo Iliewo Oke. Abeokuta North Local Government Area has 16 wards.
Abeokuta South Local Government Area
As the name implies, it indicates that the local government is located in the south of Abeokuta Ogun State, Nigeria. It has an area of 71km². This LGA was created in 1981, and It has its headquarters in Ake, Abeokuta. Abeokuta South Local Government has several major towns, which include Emero, Ijemo, Itoko, Oke Ijeun, and Ibara. Abeokuta South Local Government is divided into 15 wards.
Ado-Odo/ Ota Local Government Area
The headquarters of Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area is at Oke Oyinbo, in Ota Ogun State. Among the twenty (20) local government areas in Ogun State, Ado-Odo or Ota local government is the only one that has its headquarters in Ota. This LGA has a land area of 878 km2 and 16 wards.
Ota or Otta is known to be one of the most prominent areas in Ogun State, Nigeria. The towns under Ado-Odo/ Ota Local Government Area include Ado–Odo, Agbara, Igbesa, Iju–Ota, Itele, Kooko Ebiye Town, Owode, and Sango Ota.
Ewekoro Local Government Area
Ewekoro Local government area is headquartered in Itori Ogun State, Nigeria. Ewekoro Local Government has numerous towns and villages. This LGA has a land area of 594 km2 and 10 wards.
The towns and villages in Ewekoro Local government area include Lambo, Loti, Ika, Ikeja, Ikereku, Ikija, Ilawo, Irena, Isaye, Iseku, Ishopin, Isofin orile, Isola, Itori, Itori Alase, Iwokun Nia and so many others.
Ifo Local Government Area
Ifo local government area headquarters is in Ifo town. It has several towns and villages, which include Akute, Agbado, Ifo, Ojoolu, Abeloju, Jagunna, Lerin, Pakoto, Alapoti, and many others. Ifo LGA has a land area of 521 km2 and 11 wards.
Ijebu East Local Government Area
The Ijebu East local government headquarters is located in Ogbere, Ogun State, Nigeria. Some of the major towns in the Ijebu East Local Government Area include Itele Ijebu, Ijebu Ife, Imobi, Ijebu Imushin, and Ogbere. Ijebu East LGA has a land area of 2,234 km² and 11 wards.
Ijebu North Local Government Area
Ijebu North local government headquarters is in Ijebu Igbo. This LGA was created in 1979 and houses Olabisi Onabanjo University. The local government has numerous towns and villages, which include Aajugunle, Aba Abekok, Aba Atala, Aba Kaka, Aba Mosemi, Aba Nene, Aba Oke, Aba Panu, Aba Tedu, Aba Togungbe, Abekoko, Agbanje, Aityetutu and Ajalorun. Ijebu North LGA has a land area of 967 km2 and 11 wards.
Ijebu North East Local Government
Ijebu North East Local Government headquarters is at Erumwon Atan Road in Atan Town, Ogun State. Some of the towns under Ijebu North East Local Government are Tiradona, Omutedo, Latibigun, Ododeyo, Idotun, Alemafo, Gbawojo, and Idagunke. Ijebu North East LGA has a land area of 118 km2 and 10 wards.
Ijebu Ode Local Government Area
Ijebu Ode local government has its headquarters in Ijebu Ode. This LGA was created on March 11, 1938. Ijebu Ode Local Government area is the second largest local government in Ogun State. It has 11 wards.
This LGA is approximately 110 kilometers north of Lagos by road; it is within 100 kilometers (62 miles) of the Atlantic Ocean in the eastern section of Ogun State. Ijebu ode local government comprises towns and areas such as Abapawa, Agbowa, Agoro, Akata, Asenba, Atakobo, Atiba, Egba, Ereji, Erigo, Idona, Ifido and so on.
Ikenne Local Government Area
Ikenne local government area headquarters is located in Ikenne. Ikenne local government is made up of several major towns and villages, which include Dumez Staff, Idarika, Idennalditun, Ilishan, Iperu, Irepodun, Irolu, Ogere, and Ikenne town. Ikenne LGA has a land area of 144 km² and 10 wards.
Imeko Afon Local Government Area
Imeko Afon Local Government Area headquarters is located in Imeko town, Ogun State, Nigeria. Imeko Afon local government comprises major towns and villages which include: Afon, IIara, Alagbe, Idofa, Iwoye, Oke-Agbede, Moriwi, Atapele, and Obada. Imeko Afon LGA has a land area of 1,768 km² and 10 wards.
Ipokia Local Government Area
Ipokia local government headquarters is in the town of Ipokia, Ogun State. Ipokia local government comprises major towns and villages, which include Aseko, Ihunbo, Koko, Oniro, Tongeji, Alaari, Madoga, Idiroko, Ita Egbe, and Agosasa. Ipokia LGA has a land area of 629 km2 and 12 wards.
Obafemi Owode Local Government Area
Obafemi Owode has its headquarters in Owode town. It comprises several towns and villages such as Adigbe, Oba, Kobape, Obafemi, Ogunmakin, Ajebo, Owode, Mowe, Ibafo, Iro town, and Mokoloki. Obafemi Owode LGA has a land area of 1,410 km² and 12 wards.
Odeda Local Government Area
Odeda local government headquarters is located in Abeokuta Ibadan Road, Odeda town. Odeda local government area has several towns and villages, which include Abakuyamo, Akia, Alagbagba, Amini Awo, Araromi, Baba- Pupa, Elegunmefa, ljemo -Fadipe, Ikija, Itesi Lijigun, Itoku and so on. Odeda LGA has a land area of 1,560 km² and 10 wards.
Odogbolu Local Government Area
Odogbolu local government headquarters is located in Odogbolu town, Ogun State. Odogbolu LGA was created in September 1991. The major towns in this LGA are Imaweje, Imoro, Irete, Itanrin, Jobore, Odoragba, Adofe, Moloko Ijagun, and many others. Odogbolu LGA has a land area of 541 km² and 15 wards.
Ogun Waterside Local Government Area
Ogun Waterside local government headquarters is at Abigi town in Ogun State; its towns and villages include Ilushin, Lukogbe, Iwopin, Olojumeta, Imakun Omi, Ode Omi, Ibu, Itebu Manuwa, Ibiade, Efire, Lomiro, Oni, Ayede, Igele, Ayila, Irokun, and many others. Ogun Waterside LGA has a land area of 734.35 km² and 10 wards.
Remo North Local Government Area
Remo local government headquarters is located in Isara Remo, Ogun State. Remo North LGA was carved out of Ikenne Local Government in October 1996 through military fiat by the Late General Sani Abacha administration.
The major towns under Remo North local government include Isara, Ode-Remo, Hara, Akaka, Ipara, and Orile-Oko. Remo North LGA has a land area of 198 km² and 10 wards.
Sagamu Local Government Area
Sagamu or Ishagamu Local Government Area headquarters is situated in Sagamu Town, Ogun State. Sagamu is a major city in Ogun State. The major towns in this LGA include Sabo, Makun, Ajaka, Makun Station, Isale-oko, Isote, Epe, Soyindo, Surulere, Ijagba, Ewu-Oluwo, Ogijo, Simawa, and others. Sagamu LGA has a land area of 614 km² and 15 wards.
Yewa North Local Government Area
Yewa North Local Government Area, formerly known as Egbado North, has its headquarters at Ayetoro town. Major towns and villages in Yewa North include Ayetor, Oja-Odan, Ohunbe, Ikotun, Mosan, Ebute-lgbooro, Igua, lbese, lboro, and others. Yewa North LGA has a land area of 2,087 km² and 11 wards.
Yewa South Local Government Area
Yewa South local government (formerly known as Egbado South) headquarters is situated at Ilaro, Ogun State, Nigeria.
Yewa South local government consists of several towns and villages, which include the following: Ilaro, Idogo, Iwoye, Oke-Odan, Ijanna, Itoro, Owode, Erinja, Ajilete, Ilobi, and other towns. Yewa South LGA has a land area of 629.38 km² and 10 wards.
These 20 local government areas oversee governance at the grassroots level.
How are local government chairmen elected in Ogun State?
Local government chairmen and councilors in Ogun State are elected through a democratic process. Interested candidates contest and campaign for the positions. Registered voters then vote to elect their preferred candidates during local government elections conducted by the Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission. The candidate with the highest number of votes in each local government area is declared the winner and chairman of that local government.
So there you have it, the complete list of local government areas in Ogun State. Now you know that Ogun State has 20 local governments in total, each with its own chairman and local council.
You’ve learned about the history, major towns, and land areas of each LGA. Knowledge is power, so keep exploring and learning more about the places and people in your community. The more you understand about your local area, the more you can participate in and contribute to its progress.