Historical Development: Osun State came into existence on 27th August,
1991 with the creation of nine new states by the
Breweries Complex, Omi Asoro
then Federal Military Government. Pressure for the creation of Osun State had
been mounted over a long period of time, informed by a desire to promote more
even and rapid development of the area.
It was easy for Government to create Osun State at the time, because the area
and its people satisfied the basic criteria set up by the Federal Government
at that time. Osun State is located in the heartland of the Yoruba people and
shares the distinctive high urbanization attributes of most parts of Yorubaland.
The official 1991 population figure for the State is 2,158,143. Some of the
sizeable towns in Osun State are llesha, lwo, Ede, lleife, lkirun, lla Orangun,
Modakeke, Ejigbo and Osogbo (the state capital).
Administrative Area: For administrative convenience, Osun State is divided
into six zones: Osogbo, Ede, lwo, lkirun, llesha
Steel Rolling Mill
and lleife. The following are the thirty local government areas in the State:
Aiyedade, Aiyedire, Atakumosa East, Atakumosa West, Boluwaduro, Boripe, Ede
South, Ede North, Egbedore, Ejigbo, lfelodun, lfe Central, lfe East, lfe North,
lfe South, lla, llesha East, llesha West, Irewole, Irepodun, Isokan, lwo, Obokun,
Odo Otin, Olaoluwa, Olorunda, Oriade, Orolu and Osogbo.
Administrative Structure: The administration of Osun State is organised
at state and Local levels of government. At the state level, there are the Ministries
of Education, Youth and Sports, Health, Finance. Agriculture, Works and Transport,
Lands and Town Planning, Trade and Industries, and Women Affairs.