Ijebu-East Local Government derived its name for the fact that it lies to the east of Ijebu-Ode, the center-point of Ijebu-Land. It emerged as a result of Local Government reforms in the country. This reform merged the Ijebu-East Central District Council, Ijebu-East Provincial Authority, Osunmayegun Provincial Authority and Ijemu-Waterside District into a single autonomous Local Government. Prior to the 1976 reforms, all the mentioned areas were within the Ijebu Provincial Area of the Western State.
The Ijebu East Local Government of Ogun state was restructured as a result of the creation of more Local Governments in May, 1981. During this exercise, Ojowo and Ijebu Waterside Local Government was created by first Civilian Government/ Adminstrative in Ogun State under late Chief Victor Olabisi Onabanjo.The Ojowo Local Government had its headquarters in Ijebu-life, While that of Ijebu Waterside Local Government was at Abiji.
However, in 1984, the new Military Government of Ogun State under the leadership of the then Colonel Donaldson Oladipo Diya, reverted both the Ojowo Ijebu Waterside Local Government of the first Civilian Administration to their former status before the exercise. As a result, Ijebu-East Local Government with its headquater at Ogbere, re-emerged.
Owing to the momentous nationawide Local Government creation exercise of May 1987, the Federal Military Government under General Ibrahim Babangida, created two more Local Governments in Ogun State. this resulted in creation of Ogun Waterside Local Government from the Ijebu-East Local Government.
Location: Ijebu-East, as the name implies, is located to the east of Ijebu land of Ogun State.It has its headquaters at Ogbere, a distance of about 22 kilometres from Ijebu-Ode. It serves as an important link and focal point between Ogun and other eastern State of Nigeria, particular from Ondo to Edo States.
The Bounds: Ijebu-East Local Government Area is bounded in the north by Ijebu North Local Government of Ondo State, in the east by Odigbo Local Government of Ondo State, in the north and west by Ijebu-Ode and Odogbolu Local Governments, while to south and south west are the Lekki Lagoon and Epe Local Government of Lagos State and to the south east by Ogun Waterside Local Government.
The population is put at 76,182 people (1991 census).
Religion: Notably, there are three main religions in the Local Government. These are: Christianity; Islam, and Traditional religion.
Road:Ogbere, the seat of the Local Government, is accessible to all parts of the country via the Sagamu-Benin Expressway and the old Benin Road. It is about 30 mintues drive from Ijebu-Ode and about 190 kilomiters to Benin-City, two hours drive to Akure capital of Ondo State, about 129 kilometers from Lagos and 100 kilometers from Ibadan via Ijebu-Ode.
Education:The importance of education in any Nigerian society cannot be overemphasized. This is because of the numerous benefits and high expectations attached to it by the general populace. There are 53 public primary schools with 26,159 pupils enrolment and 10 secondary schools in the entire Local Government area. There are library facilities in the secondary schools.
The Local Government is endowed with a stretch of sandy beach especially in the Lekki Lagoon area. It also has an extensive Lagoon front, which are potential tourist attractions, especially for the development of water sport, recreation and holiday resort.