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Kogi

NICKNAME(s): The Confluence State

Date created: 27th August 1991

CAPITAL: Lokoja

GOVERNMENT

Governor:  Yahaya Bello (APC)

Deputy Governor:  Edward David Onoja

SENATORS

  • Isah Jibrin
  • Yakubu Oseni
  • Smart Adeyemi

The main ethnic groups are Igala, Ebira, Bassa Nge and Okun.

Kogi state is the only state in Nigeria which shares a boundary with ten other states.

HISTORY AND PEOPLE

The state was created in 1991 from parts of Kwara State and Benue State. Igala is the majority ethnic group in the state. The state as presently constituted, comprises the people of the Kabba Province of Northern Nigeria. One of the first Qadi in the Kogi State was Faruk Imam.

There are three main ethnic groups and languages in Kogi: Igala, Ebira, and Okun (a Yoruba Group) with other such as Bassa Nge, a people of Nupe extraction in Lokoja and Bassa Local Government Area, Bassa-Komo of Bassa Local Government Area, Gwari, Kakanda, Oworo people(A Yoruba Group), Ogori, Magongo, Idoma and the NUPE people of Eggan community under Lokoja Local Government.

The name Nigeria, was coined in Lokoja by Flora Shaw in the hill of Mount Patti, the future wife of Baron Lugard, a British colonial administrator, while gazing out at the river Niger.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS

Kogi State consists of twenty-one (21) local government areas. Which are:

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    

Kogi state is home to the Federal University (Lokoja), Kogi State University Anyigba, Federal Polytechnic Idah, Kogi State Polytechnic (Lokoja), Federal College of Education (Okene), College of Education (Ankpa), College of Agriculture Kabba, Kogi state college of education, technical (Kabba) and the Private Salem University, Lokoja. There are a college of nursing and midwifery in Anyigba and Obangede, School of health tech in Idah and ECWA School of Nursing in Egbe.

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