Kogi State, Nigeria

Capital: Lokoja
Area:  29,833 km˛
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

There are three main ethnic groups and languages in Kogi: Igala, Ebira, and Okun with other minorities like Bassa, a small friction of Nupe mainly in Lokoja, the Ogugu subgroup of the Igala, Gwari, Kakanda, Oworo people, ogori magongo and the Eggan community under Lokoja Local Government.

Local Government Areas

It contains 21 local government areas: Adavi, Ajaokuta, Ankpa, Bassa, Dekina, Ibaji, Idah, Igalamela-Odolu, Ijumu, Kabba/Bunu, Koton Karfe, Lokoja, Mopa-Muro, Ofu, Ogori/Magongo, Okehi, Okene, Olamaboro, Omala, Yagba East, Yagba West

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

 

Kogi State, by virtue of its geography, offers tourists unique experience. These attractions include natural land features, fascinating sceneries, historic monuments and relics. Important tourist attractions in Kogi State include the colonial relics (such as Lord Lugard House), the confluence of Rivers Niger and Benue, Ogidi (An African town with formations of Igneous Rock mountains and a traditional art & craft industry).

Useful Resources


Schools on The Web:

Kogi State University (www.ksuportal.edu.ng)

Kogi State Polytechnic (www.kogistatepoly.edu.ng)

Federal University Lokoja (www.fulokoja.edu.ng)

Contact

State Liason Office:
35, T.Y Danjuma Street, Asokoro, P. M. B. 122, Abuja