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Written by atinuke on 01 Dec, 2007
Ekiti State of Nigeria was created on 1st October, 1996 along side other five by the late Head of state and Commander-in-Chief of Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, General Sani Abacha, GCON in a nation-wide broadcast to mark the 36th Independence anniversary…Read More
Ekiti State of Nigeria was created on 1st October, 1996 along side other five by the late Head of state and Commander-in-Chief of Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, General Sani Abacha, GCON in a nation-wide broadcast to mark the 36th Independence anniversary of Nigeria.The State, carved out of Ondo State, cover the former twelve local government areas that made up the Ekiti Zone of old Ondo State. However, Ekiti State, on creation took off with sixteen (16) local government areas, having had additional four carved out of the old ones.Ekiti State is one of the Thirty-six State (including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja) that constitute the Federal Republic of Nigeria. LOCATION AND BOUNDARIES Ekiti State is situated entirely within the tropics. It is located between Longitudes 40 451 East of Green Meridian and Latitude 70 151 to – 80 51 North of Equator. It lies South of Kwara and Kogi State as well as East of Osun state. It is bounded in the East and in the South by Ondo State. POPULATIONBy 1991 Census, Ekiti State population was 1,647,822 while the estimated population on creation on October 1, 1996 was put at 1.75million. TOPOGRAPHYThe State is mainly an upland zone, rising above 250 meters above the sea level. It lies within the area underlain by metamorphic rock of the basement complex. It has a generally undulating land surface with a characteristic landscape that consists of old plains broken by step-sided out-crops dome rocks that may occur singularly or in groups or ridges.Such rocks out-crops exist mainly at Efon-Alaaye, Ikere-Ekiti and Okemesi-Ekiti. The State is dotted with rugged hills.The notable ones among them are Ikere-Ekiti Hills in the southern part, Efon-Alaaye Hills in the western boundary and Ado-Ekiti Hills in the central part.Close