The Ogun House of Assembly has endorsed a new state logo to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the creation of the state.
The majority leader Mr Adeyinka Mafe, said that the new logo came at the right time when the state was preparing for its 40th anniversary.
Mafe said that the new logo showed the importance of the state and what it stood for in terms of education, adding that the state recorded many firsts in the area of education.
He further said that Chief Obafemi Awolowo, an indigene of the state, was the first Nigerian to introduce free education in the then Western Region.
The majority leader said that the top right segment of the logo also represented the importance of commerce and industry.
According to him, the logo also has a touch of agriculture, the pride of the state and an indication that state is blessed with vast land for agriculture.
Mr Wale Alausa, the Minority Leader, said that the changes to the state logo were timely, noting that there was need for the state to move with time.
Alausa said that the logo indicated that the state was home of education, and that all the nooks and crannies of it were well represented in the new logo.
Meanwhile plans are in full gear by the State government to commemorate 40 years of the creation of Ogun state. Among events slated for the anniversary celebration is the inauguration of 40 developmental projects by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Below, we have put together 10 historic facts about the state:
– The Southwestern state was created in 1976 by the military administration of General Murtala Muhammed and General Olusegun Obasanjo in 1976 and has Abeokuta as its capital.
– 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.
– It comprises of 20 Local government areas with important cities and towns such as Abeokuta, Ijebu-Ode, Sagamu, Ikenne Remo, Ilaro, Ijebu-Igbo, Aiyetoro etc
– Ogun has one Federal University: the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta; one state government college of education, Tai Solarin College of Education (TASCE), (formerly known as Ogun State College of Education, Ijagun, Ijebu-Ode, one Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, one state government polytechnic, Moshood Abiola Polythechnic (MAPOLY), formerly known as Ogun State Polythechnic, Ojere, Abeokuta, and two state government universities: Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye (formerly known as Ogun State University), and the Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED) Ijebu Ode.
– Notable personalities such as Obafemi Awolowo, MKO Abiola, Mike Adenuga, Olusegun Obasanjo, Wole Soyinka, Fela Kuti, Tunde Bakare, D’banj and many more are indigenes of the state.
– Senator Ibikunle Amosun is the current governor of the state.
– The Ijebus in the state were the first Yoruba speaking people to have contact with the Europeans in the early 14th century. They were the first Yorubas to have invented money made from cowry shells called ‘Owo Eyo’, which was accepted throughout the kingdom of Yorubaland but was later replaced by legal tender coins made from silver materials called ‘Pandora’ when the Europeans came.
– Birikisu Sungbo shrine is a tourist centre in the state located at Oke-|Eri village, where Muslims from all over the world converge for prayers. Birikisu in her life time was known to be a devoted Muslim who possessed supernatural powers. It is claimed that she once dug a pit around the village with a needle. Even in her grave, she is believed to still maintain her powers as no weed has ever grown on her burial ground and the place where she was washed before she was buried up till now.
– Other tourist attractions in the state include Olumo Rock in Abeokuta, Yemoji Natural Swimming Pool at Ijebu-Ode, Oyan Dam in Abeokuta North, Iwopin Boat Regatta and Ebute-Oni in Ogun Waterside.
– The Ogun state people are known for making batik known as ‘Adire’.
Happy 40th anniversary to Ogun state people!!!
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