Kogi State

About Kogi State

Kogi state is found in the NorthCentral geopolitical zone of Nigeria and shares boundaries with as much as ten states which include Enugu, Nasarawa and the Federal Capital Territory. Kogi state has 21 LGAs which include 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, and Yagba west  with lokoja as the capital of the state. Other prominent towns in Kogi state include Ajaokuta, Ankpa, Idah,and Okene.Tertiary institutions in Kogi state include the Kogi state University Anyigba, Salem University Lokoja, Kogi state Polytechnic Lokoja, College of Education Ankpa, College of Education Kabba, College of Nursing Obangede, National Open University of Nigeria, Federal College of Education Okene, and the Federal University Lokoja.

The popular tribes in Kogi state include the Igala, Ebira and Okun. Others are the Bassa, Komo, Bassa Nge, Kakanda, Kupa, Ogori-magongo, Nupe, Oworo, and Gwari. Islam and Christianity are widely practiced in Kogi state while the population of the state is estimated at 3,278, 489. Important festivals held in  Kogi state include the Ekuechi, Oganyiganyi, Italo, Ochoa, Egwu, Ogbadu, Aboko-Ebiye, and the Igu fishing fstivals.

Popular dishes served in Kogi state include the Ebira soup, the beniseed soup, and the Afiame soup. The notable landmarks in Kogi state include the Mount Patti which is an imposing hill that towers above Lokoja, and the confluence point of the Rivers Niger and Benue which is found in Lokoja, National Museum of colonial history, Osome falls, Lord Lugard's residence, Iron liberty, European cemetries, Awo tunnel, Koton karfi fishing paradise, Atta of Ebira's palace, Agbaja plateau and the Federal polytechnic Idah.   


KOGI STATE GOVERNOR

The Governor of Kogi State is Yahaya Bello.


KOGI STATE SLOGAN

Confluence State


GEOGRAPHY OF KOGI STATE

Kogi state has a total area of 29,833 km squared with two distinct seasons namely the dry and rainy seasons with an annual estimated rainfall of 2000 mm.

The average temperature of Kogi state is 31 degrees centigrade with a 49 percent humidity.


ECONOMY OF KOGI STATE

Kogi state has a very vibrant Agricultural sector and is known for the cultivation of crops such as coffee, cashew, maize, yam and melon. Kogi state is also rich in minerals such as coal, limestone, iron, dolomite, feldspar, bauxite, tar, gold, petroleum, clay, gemstone, marble, phosphate, mica, cassiterite, granite, kaolin, precious stones and tin.

Kogi state is home to Nigeria’s largest iron and steel industry ; the Ajaokuta steel industry and is also home to the Obajana cement factory which is one of the biggest cement factories in the whole of Africa. Trade also blossoms in Kogi state with the state playing host to several markets such as the Lokoja international market, Kogi international market, Kpata fish market Lokoja, New Market Ajaokuta, Okene central market, Natako international market, Anyigba old market, and the Garage market in Anyigba.

HISTORY OF KOGI STATE

Kogi state was created in 1991 from parts of kwara and Benue states and was the area from where Lord Frederick Lugard administered over the country's affairs.

It was also in Lokoja the capital of Kogi state that Flora Shaw, the future wife of Lord Liugard came up with the name "Nigeria" while gazing out at the River Niger. Past governors/ administrators in Kogi state include

Danladi Mohammed Zakari - 1991-1992

Abubakar Audu- 1992-1993

Paul Omeruo- 1993-1996

Bzigu Afakirya- 1996-1998

Augustine Aniebo- 1998-1999

Abubakar Audu- 1999-2003

Ibrahim Idris- 2003-2008

Clarence Olafemi- Febryary -march 2008

Ibrahim Idris - 2008-2011

Idris wada- 2012-2015

Yahaya Bello- 2015- date.


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