Ilaje

About Ilaje Local Government Area (L.G.A)

Ilaje local government area is in Ondo state, Southwest Nigeria and has its headquarters in the town of Igbokoda. The LGA is bordered by the Ese Odo LGA and by the Atlantic ocean. Towns and villages that make up Ilaje LGA include Ugbonla, Aiyetoro, Orioke, Alagbon, Molutehin, Obe Olomore, Owoleba, Saheyi, Ugbage and Mahin. The estimated population of Ilaje LGA is 179,082 inhabitants with the vast majority of the area’s inhabitants being members of the Yoruba ethnic group. The Yoruba language is extensively spoken in the area while the religions of Christianity and Islam are commonly practiced in the area. There are a number of festivals celebrated in Ilaje LGA and these include the Ore and the Malokun festivals.


GEOGRAPHY OF ILAJE

Ilaje LGA covers a total area of 1,318 square kilometres and has an average temperature of 25 degrees centigrade. The area has a lot of rivers and tributaries with the average humidity level of the LGA estimated at 89 percent. The average total precipitation in Ilaje LGA is 3000 mm of rainfall per annum.


ECONOMY OF ILAJE

Farming is an important economic activity in Ilaje LGA with crops such as maize, Oil palm, Cocoyam, vegetables, banana, and cassava grown in fairly large quantities within the area. The LGA also has a number of mineral deposits such as crude oil, sand, salt, bitumen, and quartz. Trade also flourishes in ilaje LGA with the area hosting a number of markets such as the Igbokoda modern market. Other important economic activities in Ilaje LGA include canoe making, fishing, net making, and lumbering.

 

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