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KOGI STATE Governor: Ibrahim Idris (PDP) Deputy Governor: Philip Salawu Contact: The Executive Governor,Kogi State of Nigeria, Govt House, P...

Governor: Ibrahim Idris (PDP)

Deputy Governor: Philip Salawu

Contact: The Executive Governor,Kogi State of Nigeria, Govt House, PMB 1030, Lokoja

Date Created: August 27, 1991

Capital: Lokoja

Major Towns: Ajaokuta, Kabba, Okene, Idah, Koton-Karfe, Dekina, Lokoja, Anyigba and Ankpa.

Kogi State is the most centrally located of all the states of the federation. It comprises of the Igala, Ebira, Kabba and Kogi divisions of the former Kabba province. Kogi State shares common boundaries with Niger, Nassarawa and the Federal Capital Territory to the north. To the east, the state is bounded by Benue State, and to the south by Anambra and Enugu states and to the west by Edo, Ondo, Ekiti and Kwara States.

There are twenty one local government areas in the state. They include Adavi, Ajaokuta, Ijumu, Bassa, Dekina, Idah, Ankpa, East Yagba and Kogi. Others are Ofu, Okehi, Okene, Omala, Olamaboro, Oyi and West Yagba, Igalamela/Adoru, Ibaji, Ogori/ Magongo, Mopa-Amuro.

The State is blessed with suitable ecological and climatic conditions. It is therefore possible to produce various agricultural products including yam, cassava, soya bean, cocoyam, maize, millet, rice, guinea corn, palm produce, cowpea and others.

The State's rich agricultural endowment is reflected in its capacity to produce cash crops like cocoa, coffee and cashew.

Kogi State is blessed with strategic minerals. These include iron ore, mica, marble, limestone, coal, crude oil. Others include; gold, kaolin, casserite, columbite, tantalite, feldspar and dolomite.

Significantly, the nation's premier iron and steel complex is located at Ajaokuta.

Industrially, Kogi State is an investors' haven, the state has a number of Industrial ventures which include Ajaokuta Iron and Steel complex, Jakura Marble, Valley Food, Mopa Okura Sawmill, Idah Ceramic Company, oil palm Company, Nigeria Iron-Ore Manufacturing Company.

The state is richly endowed in tourist attractions and has no less than twenty-three tourist centres concentrated in the state. Important festivals include the nationally acclaimed Ovia festival among the Ogori and Mangogo people.

On health services, the state has 13 public hospitals located at Lokoja, Okene, Obangede, Kabba, Ogori, Mopa Koton-Karfe, Dekina, Idah, Iyale, Ankpa and Oguma.

It has Schools of Nursing at Obangede, Egbe and Idah which have continued to receive financial and material support to ensure their stability.

Education is the state's main social industry. Each of the 20 local governments in the state have primary institutions. Institutions of higher learning in the state include College of Agriculture, Osara, College of Agriculture, Kebba, 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.

A State University, the Kogi State University, is also located at Anyigba.

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