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Local Governments In Ogun State
OGUN WATERSIDE

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HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

Local Government administration now known as the third tier system of govenment started since the advent of colonial administration in Nigeria.  From available records, Local Government administration in Ijebu division started with the colonial administration as far back as 1900.

The Ijebu Division Council, with its headquarters at Ijebu-Ode, was divided into eight districts.  Ijebu Waterside District Council, with its headquarters at Abigi, emerged in April, 1955.

The whole area now referred to as Ogun Waterside was then under the control of a resident District Office(D.O) at Ijebu Ode.  Administration was brought closer to the people in the early 50s and led to the management of the council managers and Government nominees as Chairman.

Independent Ijebu Waterside District Council was merged with other two districts to give birth to Ijebu East Local Goernment in the Local Government reform exercise of 1976.  Ijebu Waterside Local Government, with its headquarters at Abigi, emerged in 1981 when more Local Governments were created in the State under the adminisration of Chief Bisi Onabanjo.

In January,1984, it was again merged with Ijebu-East Local Government with its headquarters at Ogbere, following the return of Military. Ijebu Waterside Local Government was eventually created on the 15th of May, 1989 to enhance grassroot development.

BOUNDARIES

It is bounded in the west by Ijebu East Local Government, in the north and the east by Ondo State and in the south, by Lagos State and Atlantic Ocean.

POPULATION/LANDMASS

The 1990 estimated population of the Ogun Waterside Local Government Area is 112,802

It covers an area of about 860.32 square kilometers with some towns and villages on the fringes of the Atlantic Ocean. 

PEOPLE 

The People: The people of the Local Government Area are Yorubas of Ijebu, Ikale and Ilaje who observe the same customs, uphold the same values and beliefs and respect similar traditions as other Yorubas; Marriage, child-naming and funeral ceremonies are similarly performed.

Religion:Islam, Christinity and Traditional Religion

Traditional Religion:Ogun, Esu, and Water gods and goddesses

Traditional Institution:

Part two Obas:

  •  The Likun of Iwopin
  •  The Lenuwa of Ode-Omi
  •   The Onipe of Ibu
  •   The Elero of Itebu Manuwa

Part three Obas:

  •  The Alarige of Ibiade
  •  The Ojotumoro of Abigi
  •  The Oloja of Ayede
  •  The Onirokun of Irokun
  • Elefire of Efire.

Traditional Festivals:Some festival are periodically/ seasonally celebrated at some of the centres, viz:

  • Boat Regatta at Iwopin
  • Okosi festival at Iwopin
  • Makun-Omi and Ode-Omi
  • Ajo festival at Iwopin
  • Fujagba festival at Oni
  • Igbinle festival at Olojumeta
  • Omoshin festival at Ibiade
  • Otomo festival at Abigi
  • Erinmo festival at Makun-Omi
  • Ogbodu festival at Ilusin

INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Major economic activities includes :Farming, Fishing and Lumbering. Major crops are Cassava, plantain,maize, and rice.

ADMINISTRATIVE/POLITICAL DIVISION 

For the purpose of revenue collection, there are three offices; Iwopin, Ode-Omi and Itebu-Manuwa. Presently, the Local Government Area is divided into 10 political wards, namely:

  • Iwopin
  • Efire
  • Oni/Alo
  • Ayede/Lomiro
  • Ibiade
  • Ayila/Itebu
  • Lukogbe/Ilusin
  • Makun/Irokun
  • Abigi
  • Ode-Omi

TOURISM  

The various tourist centres that abound in the Local Government includes:

  • Local Government Guest House; Makun-Omi
  • Iwopin Boat Estate Regatta Beach
  • IIusin  Rubber Estate Guest House
  • Awodikora Okun Beach