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  • Fact 1: By 1924, Ilorin Native Authority was the first and only in Northern Nigeria to provide public electricity supply, the Emirate installed and operated a big electric plant which illuminated the entire palace area, the Emir's market, NA secretariat complex and the Alkali court... this achievement was reported in the Gazette of Ilorin of 1929.
  • Fact 2: In 1947, a son of Ilorin Alhaji A.G.F AbdulRasaq became the first in Northern Nigeria to qualify as a lawyer! Ilorin touted as the community with the highest numbers of lawyers has produced the Chief Justice of Nigeria as well as the President of the Federal Court of Appeal.
  • Fact 3: 2,365,353 was the approximate population of Kwara State in the 2006 census out of which Ilorin Emirate accounts for 1,015,317!
  • Fact 4: In 1943, Ilorin Emirate became the first community in Northern Nigeria to establish and own a Community Primary School that is, the United Primary School at Taiwo Road, Ilorin.
  • Fact 5: In 1979, Ilorin Local Government (now East&West) under the Chairmanship of Alhaji Saidu Obalowu became the first local government in Nigeria to establish and own a secondary school, which is, Okelele Secondary School Ilorin.
  • Fact 6: As at Nigeria's independence in 1960 Ilorin Emirate was by far one of the leading light as an Economic force a fact buttressed by unprecedented number of Markets in the Emirates some of which are Alapa, Ballah, Otte, Abotto, Afon, Laduba, Elemere, Malete, Ipaiye, Meigida, Yowere, Lanwa, Ejidongari, Okuta ala, Bode Saadu, Oke Oyi, Iponri, Oja Oba amongst many others....it was put at over 500 by most Economic analyst!
  • Fact 7: Another son of Ilorin Professor Saka Nuru became the first Professor of Veterinary Medicine In West Africa in the late 80s and presently Ilorin is the only community with the highest number of professors In the field - A long list which has the former Vice Chancellor of Unilorin Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali and the current Dean of Veterinary medicine at Unilorin amongst others.
  • Fact 8: Till date, Ilorin is the only city with a Private Aviation College in Nigeria, in fact, Zaria in Kaduna state is the only city with the other one owned by the government in   Nigeria! Just those two in the whole of Nigeria

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