SAGAMU LOCAL GOVERNMENT

PROFILE OF SAGAMU LOCAL GOVERNMENT HEADQUARTERS-SAGAMU

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
Sagamu Local Government was under former Political Administration network of Remo division of the defunct Western Region of Nigeria. The Geographical entity called Remo Zone became divisible on the 23rd September, 1991 when the Federal Military Government of Nigeria created more Local Governments. This led to the creation of the Local Government form the then Remo Local Government Area namely; Ikennc and Sagamu Local Governments. Long before this, Sagamu Township stands at the apex of Political, Cultural and Economic activities and for a very long time to come, Sagamu will remain as a very important settlement in rendering of higher Order service to other newly created Local Government.

The present Sagamu Local Government includes the Territory of the Older divisions of Offin, Makun and Ode-Lcmo Local Councils. The Local Government by the virtue of its geographical location lies within the tropics. It bounded in the East by Ikenne Local Government, in the North by Remo North Local Government, in the West and South Obafemi Owode Local Government in Ogun State, and Ikorodu Local Government in Lagos State.

The Local Government is peopled by all tribes in Nigeria though Remo dialect of Yoruba Language is the main Local Language. The Sabo Area of Offin, Sagamu, can be mistaken for any typical Northern Town for language, culture and setting. The main occupation of the people is farming while few engage in, Industrialization and Civil Service job.

Sagamu Local Government produced the best farmer of the year 1993 at both state and national levels. Similarly, in 2005, the Local Government was adjudged the best farmer in the state and overall best Local Government 2005. Also, best in the South-West zone in 2009. However, the Local Government has the largest Kolanut Market in Nigeria. This is an indicator of the fact that majority of the people are Kola-nut Farmers.

GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION
Sagamu Local Government in its Geographical and Political Administrative Extension Spans a Total Area of 68.3 Square Kilometres. The climatic pattern of the Local Government is a subset of the humid tropical region, characterized by relative high temperature, apparent absence of cold session, Low Pressure and High relative Humidity.

POPULATION
As at 2006 Population Census, Sagamu Local Government Area has a total Population figure of about 253,421 people.

ADMINISTRATION
The Political Administrative seat of the Local Government is located in Sagamu Township. By all standard, Sagamu Local Government is an Urban Settlement given the available evidence of physical, Human Economic Development Com Social Infrastructure forming part of the familiar landscaping of the Local Government.

For Administrative convenience, Sagamu Local Government is divided into (15) Fifteen Political Wards, namely.
Ward 1  Oko, Epe & Itunla 1  Ward 2 – ,Oko, Epe Itunla II
Ward 3 –  AiyegbamijIjoku  Ward 4 – Sabo 1
Ward 5 –  Sabo II  Ward 6 – ItunsokunjOyebajo
Ward 7 –  Ijagba  Ward 8 – Latawa
Ward 9 –  Ode-lemo  Ward 10 – OgijojIkosi
Ward 11 –  Surulere  Ward 12 – Isote
Ward 13 –  Simawa  Ward 14 – Agbowa
Ward 15 –  Ibidojitun Alara

MARKETS
The following are the available markets within the Local Government Area. They are:
• Sabo-Offin Market
• Falawo Market
• Awolowo Market
• Oja-Oba Market
• Sonariwo market and Gateway International Market, Sagamu, built by the State Government. However, the Local Government forms the main Market for the Kolanut business within the Southern part of the country.

MOTOR PARKS
The Motor Parks includes:
• Isale Oko Motor Park
• Awolowo Motor Park
• Oja-Oba Motor Park
• Sabo Motor Park
• Ijokun Motor Park Kara Trailer Park

ROAD NETWORK
Sagamu Town, the headquarters of Sagamu Local Government Area. Its Urban nature has facilitated and encourages the establishment of both small and medium-scale industries in the Area. The following are some of the available Local and major industries operating in the Local Government Area.

Among the Local industries are:
– Black Smithing
– Block moulding
– Traditional (Cloth Weaving (Aso-Oke)
– Pure-water making
– Dyeing
– Mat making
– Gold smithing
– Bread Bakery
– Soap making

The major Industrial Establishments include:
West African Portland Cement PIc Portland electrical repairs
– Nulec Industries Limited
– CPI Moore Limited
– Temitope biscuit and Conventional Limited
– WESTCOM PLC., Ode-Iemo
– Pefac Associates Limited
– Olusola Paper Industries Limited
– Balufon Animal Feed Limited
– Monarch Steel, Ogijo
– Phoenix Steel, Ogijo
– Mayor Steel, Ogijo

NATURAL MINERAL RESOURCES
Sagamu Local Government is blessed with numerous and abundant natural/ mineral resources that could earn foreign exchange to the country, if properly and adequately tapped and enhanced. Among these are lime stone and Gypsum.

AGRICULTURE
The people of Sagamu Local Government Area are predominantly farmers hence the Local Government is endowed with Agricultural Resources distributed all over the Area. Some of the major cash crops/food crops in the Local Government Area are Kolanut, Cassava, Melon, Maize and Water yam.

EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS
Sagamu Local Government could boast of 53 Public Primary Schools and Secondary Schools. Similarly, there are also Private Primary and Secondary Schools located across the Local Government Area. The Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital is located in the Local Government Area.

HEALTH INSTITUTION
Presently, the Local Government could boast of 23 Health Institutions that spread all over the Local Government Area as well as one (1) General Hospital situated at Ode-Iemo in Sagamu Local Government Area.

SECURITY
Among the Security available in the Local Government Area include Divisional Police Offices at Sagamu and Ogijo and the State Security Service (SSS) with Headquarters in Sagamu. There is also a vibrant Vigilante Groups that compliment the activities of the Law Enforcement Agencies in the Area.

TRADITIONAL INSTITUTIONS
The Institution of Obaship and Traditional Rulers occupy a prominent position in the Local Government Area. Currently, the Local Government has Twenty-five Traditional Rulers with Akarigbo as Paramount Ruler of Remo Kingdom.

His Royal Majesty –  Oba (Dr.) Michael Adeniyi Sonariwo (CON)
Akarigbo & Paramount Ruler of Remo Kingdom

Others are:
1. H.R.H. Oba Timothy Akinsanya   – Ewusi of Makun
2. H.R.H. Oba Adewale Osiberu   – Elepe of Epe
3. H.R.H. Oba Abdul Waheed Odutoye   – Elemuren of Emuren
4. H.R.H. Oba M.O. Lasisi Gisanrin   – Odofin of Soyindo
5. H.R.H. Oba S. T. Solesi  –  Lemo of Ode-Lemo
6. H.R.H. Oba A. G. Dosumu  –  Lemo of Ogijo
7. H.R.H. Oba Samson A. Adesanya  –  Onijagba of Ijagba
8. VACANT  –  Alado of Ado
9. H.R.H. Oba Mufutau Sanni  –  Aminisan of Oko
10. H.R.H. Oba Jimoh Shosanya  – Atawa of Latawa
11. H.R.H. Oba Olatunji Osho  –  Odogun of Ipoji
12. VACANT      –  Onigode of Igode
13. VACANT      –  Oniraye of Iraye
14. H.R.H. Oba Samuel O. Ogunjimi   – Oselu of Okeselu
15. H.R.H. Oba (Dr.) Adeyemi LawaI   –  Alagura of Agura
16. H.R.H. Oba S. A. Bello    – Legunse of Ilupeju
17. H.R.H. Oba Yinusa Alayo    –  Radanuwa of Idado
18. H.R.H. Oba (Alhaji) T. Adebayo   – Negbuwa of Ibido
19. H.R.H. Oba Sulaimon Odeyemi   –  Lowa-Ibu of Batoro
20. H.R.H. Oba Samuel O. Dawodu   –  Onigbepe of Igbepa
21. H.R.H. Oba Engr. Adewale Jibodu   –  Onijokun of Ijokun
22. VACANT      –  Onilaye of Ilaye
23. H.R.H. Oba Gbenga Sonuga    –  Fadesewa of Simawa
24. VACANT      –  Alajaka of Ajaka
25. H.R.H. Oba Abiodun Ajayi    – Ayanperuwa of Sotubo

NAMES OF PAST CHAIRMEN IN SAGAMU LOCAL GOVERNMENT

S NO  NAMES  YEAR
1.  Aremo Bayode Oluwole   (Elected Chairman)  1991-1993

2.  Chief (Major) Adekunle Orekoya (Rtd)  (Elected Chairman)  1993-1996

3.  Late Chief S.K. Ogunsanwo (Simpata)  (Elected Chairman)  1996-1997

4.  Late Matthew Kayode Odulate  (Caretaker Committee Chairman)  1997-1998

5.  Chief B. A. Alagbe  (Caretaker Committee Chairman)  1998-1999

6.  Prince Yahaya Adekoya Olodeoku  (Elected Chairman)  1999-2002

7.  Evang. S. O. Alebiosu  (Transition Committee Chairman)  2002-2003

8.  Otunba Bamgbola Akinsanya  (Transition Committee Chairman  Sagamu Central)  2003

9.  Late Mr. Charles G. Odunukan (C.G.O.)  (Transition Committee Chairman) (Sagamu West)  2003

10.  Barrister Solarin  (Sagamu South)  2003

 11.  Prince Daisi Akintan  Caretaker Committee Chairman)  2003

12.  Prince Daisi Akintan  (Elected Chairman)  2003-2007

13.  Olootu Omoba Jimi Olatunji  (Transition Committee Chairman)  2007

14.  Engr. Dipo Oyewole  (Transition Committee Chairman)  2007

15.  Prince Daisi Akintan  (Elected Chairman)  2007 till date

AVAILABLE TOURISM AND RECREATION FACILTIES
So far so good, prominent among the tourism and recreation facilities includes:
– Sagamu Day Celebration
– Obaruwa Day Celebration
– Eyo Masquerade
– Egungun
– Asa
– Apepe Oro
– Agemo
– Eluku

However, Orisagamu shrine in Sagamu is also a tourist attraction, Orisagamu Ewa, by history, sprouted from a pot of beauty; hence the pot has water flowing out of it.

Courtesy: ogunlgca.com

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