Chief Bayo Alao-Akala
Main Cities and Towns
Ibadan, Ogbomosho, Oyo, Iseyin, Shaki Igboho, Kisi, Igbo-Ora, Okeho, Lalupon and Ileto
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Oyo State is bounded in the north by Kwara State, in the east by Osun State, in the south by Ogun State and in the west partly by Ogun State and partly by the Republic of Benin. The region is mainly inhabited by the Yoruba ethnic group who is primarily agrarian but has a preference for living in high density urban centers.
The climate in the state favours the cultivation of crops like maize, yam, cassava, millet, rice, plantains, cocoa, palm produce and cashew. Government farm settlements are found at Ipapo, Ilora, Eruwa, Ogbomosho, Iresaadu, Ijaiye, Akufo and Lalupon. A number of federal and international agricultural establishments are also located in the area, with the Oyo State Agricultural Development Programme headquarters in Saki.
The region is not particularly rich in prominent minerals but has a wide distribution of simple and easy to utilize minerals such as marble, red clay, sand, gravel, granite, limestone and talc.
A number of popular tourist attractions are found in the Oyo State. The Old Oyo National Park is just north of Ibadan and contains ruins from the old Oyo Empire. For animal enthusiasts there is the lbadan Zoological Garden which has an interesting variety of species. The Ado Awaye Suspended Lake is also popular with visitors.