ABOUT KOGI STATE

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Capital:        Lokoja       

Population:   2,539,241 (1997 FOS est.)

Area:              29,833 square km

Languages:   Nupe, Ebira, Igala, Okun (Similar to Yoruba)

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Creation

The State was created by August, 1991 during the administration of the then President of Nigeria, lbrab1m B. Babangida.

 

 

Location

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, Ebira, Nupe, Igala and Bassa forming the main ethnic groups. 

 

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History

Kogi State was carved 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.

 

Agriculture

The majority of the people of the state are farmers.

 

Mineral Resources

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 and Okene. 

 

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