Kogi State, Nigeria

Capital: Lokoja
Area:  29,833 kmĖ›
Population: 3,595,789 (2005 est.)
Language: Yoruba, Nupe, Ebira
Governor: Ibrahim Idris (PDP)
ISO 3166-2: NG-KO
Date Created: 17th August 1991
Population Rank: Ranked 24th

About

Kogi is a state in the north-central zone of Nigeria. It is popularly called the confluence state due to the fact that the confluence of Rivers Niger and Benue occurs there. Its capital is Lokoja. There are three main ethnic groups in Kogi: Igala, Ebira, and Okun; with the Igalas being the largest ethnic group in the state. There are many mineral resources in Kogi, including iron, petroleum and tin.

Kogi State is the most centrally located of all the states of the federation. It comprises the Igala, Ebira, Kabba, Yoruba and Kogi divisions of the former Kabba province. It shares common boundaries with Niger, Kwara, Nassarawa and The Federal Capital Territory to the north. To the East, the state is bounded by Benue and Enugu states, to the south by Enugu and Anambra States, and to the west by Ondo, Ekiti and Edo states. Lokoja, the Niger/Benue confluence town is the state capital. Ethnically, Yoruba, Nupe and Bassa forming the main ethnic groups.

 

History

Kogi State was cared out of Benue and Kwara States on August 27, 1991 by the Federal Military Government. Kogi State is the most centrally located of all the states of the federation. It comprises the Igala, Ebira, Kabba, Yoruba and Kogi divisions of the former Kabba province. It shares common boundaries with Niger, Kwara, Nassarawa and The Federal Capital Territory to the north. To the east, the state is bounded by Benue and Enugu states, to the south by Enugu and Anambra States, and to the west by Ondo, Ekiti and Edo states. Lokoja, the Niger/Benue confluence town is the state capital. Ethnically, Yoruba, Nupe and Bassa forming the main ethnic groups.

People

Hausa and Yorubas

Local Government Areas

There are twenty local government areas in the state. They include Adavi, Ajaokuta, Ijumu, Bassa, Dekina, Idah, Ankpa, East Yagba and Kogi. Others are Ofu, Okehi, Okene, Olamaboro, and West Yagba, Olale Igalometa, Ibaji, Ogori/ Mongongo, Mopamuro.

Education

Education is the state's main social industry. Each of the 20 local governments in the state has primary institutions. Institutions of higher learning in the state include College of Agriculture, Osara, College of Agriculture, Kabba, Federal Polytechnic, Idah; Federal Advanced Teachers College, Okene; School of Health Technology, Idah; College of Education, Ankpa; School of Nursing, Obangede and School of Midwifery Egbe and Kogi State University Ayingba and Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja both of them, state owned insitutions.

Business Opportunities

The majority of the people of the state are farmers.

The state is richly blessed with mineral resources such as coal which is found in Okaba, Ogboyaga and Koton-Karte.

Limestone and marble deposits are found in Ajaokuta, Jakura, Ososo, Osara, while Cassiterite, columbite and tantalite are found in Egbe. Gold is also found in Isanlu in East Yagba Local Government Area while Iron Ore can be found at Itakpe, Okene.

Tourism

The proximity of the state to the new federal capital territory (Abuja) and its rich mineral and agricultural resources, would certainly turn the state into a leading commercial centre in Nigeria in the near future. Tourist attractions such as Lord Lugard's residence and office can be seen in Lokoja.

There are also the spot where the Royal Niger Company flag was lowered in 1890, the iron of liberty - the spot where slaves were freed in 1860.

The biggest European cemetery in Nigeria containing the remains of the European soldiers of the West African Frontier Force (WAFF) stationed in Lokoja until 1926 and those of European missionaries. Some of the tomb stones in the cemeteries date as far back as 1867.

There is also the World War cenotaph-this is a war memorial erected in memory of the soldiers who died during the two world wars. There is a list of names of some soldiers who distinguished themselves in the wars on a table.

Niger-Benue confluence - This forms a beautiful scenery visible either from a boat travelling southward on the river or from the top of Mount Patti.

Useful Resources

www.kogistateofnigeria.org

Schools on The Web:

Contact

State Liason Office:
Plot 1224 Bishop Oluwole Street, PMB 73814 Victoria Island, Lagos. Plot 117 Asokoro Extension Abuja