|Land Area & Rank
||29,833 sq km (14)
||August 27, 19916
||Yahaya Bello, APC
||Simeon Achuba, APC
|House of Assembly
||Lokoja (capital), Okene, Idah, Mopa, Kabba.
||Igala, Ebira, Okun
Rank & Sex: 3,278,487 (20)
||Gov. Office: 234-58-221455
Abuja Liaison Office:
Plot 117, T.Y. Danjuma Street
P.M.B. 122, Abuja.
Lagos Liaison Office:
Plot 1224, Bishop Oluwole St
P.O. Box 73814,
Victoria Island, Lagos.
|Local Government Areas
|Hotels & Tourism
Important places: Lord Luggard's residence and
office, spot where the Royal Niger compay flag was
lowered in 1890, Mount Patti, Iron of liberty; the spot
where slaves were freed in 1860, is marked with two iron
poles, grave yards of deposed exiled Emirs of Kano, Zaria
and Bida during colonial era, first primary school in
Northern Nigeria, built in 1860, River Niger and Benue
confluence spot, World war cenotaph, Earth bridge in
Events: (New yam) festival in
Kabba, and Italo festival in Igala.
Confluence Beach Hotel
Tel: 234-58-220106, 221752
Kogi state is the most centrally located state in the
federation. The capital, Lokoja plays host to various
visitors criss-crossing the North and South of the country.
The state comprises of the Igala, Ebira, Kabba and Kogi
divisions of the former Kabba province. The state is
highly a heterogeneous ethnic society. Lokoja the capital
has its roots deep in the Yoruba civilisation. The city was
founded by a migrant prince from Ile-Ife. The name is
derives from the phrase Loko Eja, essential meaning “Go
get Fish” The state is the Southern “Gate way” to the
Federal Capital City of Abuja. The motto of the state
'Confluence State' is derived from the convergence of the
two principal rivers (Niger and Benue) in the state.
state was created by Gen. Ibrahim Babangida’s military
administration from the old Kwara state. Lokoja is a
historic town in Nigeria political development; technically;
the first capital of Nigeria. The Union Jack was first raised
in Lokoja. Sir Fredrick Luggard's seat of power still houses
the state government. It was in Lokoja that Nigeria
assumed her present form, and reborn from the dynasties of
the Emirs and Obas.
The state is bounded on the
North by Niger and Nasarawa states and Federal Capital
Territory, in the east by Benue state, on the South by Edo,
Enugu, Ondo and Ekiti states, in the west by Kwara state.
Rocky and undulating land scape. The
vegetation consists of rain forest in the western parts and
wooded savannah and grassland in other parts of the state.
The notable trees are: baobab, akeer-apple, shea-butter,
obeche, iroko and mahogany. The Principal Rivers are
River Niger and Benue.
The two main seasons experienced in the states
are the wet and dry seasons. The wet (rain) season starts by
March and ends in October; while the dry season
commences by November and lasts till February; this period (November-February) is also very cold due to the
The state has one university, two polytechnics
and a college of education.
Agriculture is the main stay of the economy,
the state hosts one of Nigeria's steel plants; Ajaokuta Steel
plant at Ajaokuta, a Brewery at Mopa, an Iron ore minining
at Itakpe, marble industry at Lokoja, Coal Mining at Ankpa
and Saw Mill at Ogbogbo Idah among others.
Agricultural produce in the state includes;
yam, maize, guinea-corn, groundnut, cocoa, cashew, oil
palm, coffee, fish and other sea food.
Coal, limestone, marble,
fildspar, clay, kaolin, iron ore, talc, columbite, Tantalite,
Quartz, Mica and abundant water suitable for irrigation
Aliyu Attah, police officer (rtd) Chris
Ali, army officer (rtd). James Onoja, army officer (rtd). S.
S. Ameh, lawyer. Patrick Adaba, administrator, Samuel
Akonde, administrator. Joseph Makoju, administrator
(PHCN MD). Subina Attah (Mrs), administrator. Abubakar
Audu, politician. Silas Daniyan, industralist. Sola
Akanmode, politician. Isaac Alfa, airforce officer (rtd).
Alex Kadiri, businessman. Funsho Owoyemi, accountant.
Kabiru Shuaibu, businessman. Abdurrahman Okene,
administrator. Ahmed Usman, army officer (rtd). Thomas
Adaba, journalist/broadcaster. Yusufu Obaje, Clergy
(Chaplain to President Obasanjo)