Kogi State was carved out of the old Kwara and Benue States. THERE have been claims and counter claims on how Kogi state was created. Paper presented at a public lecture organised by The Nigerian Post Newspaper by T.E. Brigadier General Tunde Ogbeha, who was hoping for a miracle had approached Babangida and in a veiled conversation presented the agenda of the creation of Kogi State. A Nigerian newspaper and Online version of the Vanguard, a daily publication in Nigeria covering Nigeria news, Niger delta, general national news, politics, business, energy, sports, entertainment, fashion,lifestyle human interest stories, etc. He had encouraged his townsmen to make do with what was available in Kwara State and take advantage of the opportunities it presented. The state is prevalently called the juncture state in light of the fact that the conjunction of River Niger and River Benue […] The Kogi State Government became aware of a United States Government list of individuals who received US visa restrictions for alleged electoral malpractices via a Press Statement to that effect posted on your Embassy website at https://bit.ly/32vD96M. This Christmas season I had intended to engage in a critical investigation of religion given the powerful theological si... By Douglas Anele In spite of efforts to clean up the electoral process, rigging, violence and electoral manipulation of... By Denrele Animasaun ‘The writer cannot be a mere storyteller; he cannot be a mere teacher; he cannot merely x-ray socie... 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Eric Teniola, a former director at the presidency, stays in Lagos. Other groups include; Bassa Komo, Bassa Nge, Kakanda, Nupe, Oworo and Ebira Koto. GCFR NG Ajaokuta is the site of a major iron and steel plant. The CoS in a Christmas message, asked christians‘’ to commit to peace and goodwill towards all.’’ stressed the need to make love, unity and prayers the […] Let us know if you have suggestions to improve this article (requires login). But as with the initiation of any state, the intrigues, intense lobby and negotiations that characterised the activities that went behind the scenes were not as effortless as the announcement seemed. General Babangida, after listening to Brigadier General  Ogbeha made lot of enquiries from  Ogbeha, on the feasibility, cultural setting and landscape of what was then proposed as Kogi State. Riverine fishing is also important. Situated in north-focal geopolitical zone (additionally called center belt locale) of Nigeria, Kogi State Created out of the previous Kwara and Benue States in 1991 covering the zone of the previous Kabba Province. Situated in north-focal geopolitical zone (additionally called center belt locale) of Nigeria, Kogi State Created out of the previous Kwara and Benue States in 1991 covering the zone of the previous Kabba Province. 1 hour ago. When a new nineteen-state structure was later created out of the 12 in February 1976, Igalaland was carved out of Kwara and merged as the Western part of a new Benue State. No, this is not art. The creation of Kogi State was a significant development for its  indigenes. That effort died with Shagari’s government that was eventually ousted from power a few  years later. There have been claims and counter claims on how Kogi state was created. Kogi State was created on 27 August, 1991 during the regime of former president Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida with its capital at Lokoja. Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, 1769-1821, repeated it. In a chat with a journalist in 2016, he paid glowing tributes to General Abdulsalam Abubakar  and Senator David Mark in particular for their huge efforts in the actualisation of Kogi State.   There have been claims and counter-claims on how Kogi State was created, with a book titled, A Noble Path, an authorised biography of Jonathan Tunde Ogbeha, by Mr. Innocent Nzeke Waniko, making bold claims to how this happened. They stood by us and I could not have done it without them.”. It shares boundaries … After creating Akwa-Ibom and Kastina States in 1987, the government had warned that it ‘would no longer entertain request for state creation from self-seeking politicians and champions of ethnic groups. This state covers an area of 29,833km² and is made up of 22 LGAs. Agriculture is the mainstay of the economy. Kogi State was carved out of Kwara and Benue States on August 27, 1991 by the then regime of General Ibrahim Babangida. Firstly, One of the major groups in Kogi state is yoruba speaking (Okun) with yoruba origins from Ile-ife. The birth of the new State was a reunion of a people who had shared a common history and had co-existed as one polity for a period of over seven decades before being severed by the 1976 States creation exercise. He joined the Kogi State Polytechnic shortly after it commenced academic activities in 1992. Some of its indigenes had earlier wanted Ajaokuta, to be the capital of the proposed Kogi  State, but those in favour of Lokoja argued that it had been the headquarters of Kabba Province and  should be maintained as such. Starting from Enugu and Ebonyi that were carved out of old Anambra states and Abia out of Imo where they state a kind of homogeneity and history. The state consists of a wooded savanna region bisected by the southward-flowing Niger River; the Benue River, a major tributary of the Niger, forms part of the state’s northeastern border. Gbenga Odogun, Lokoja. Coal is mined for national distribution from the Okaba fields in the northern Udi-Nsukka Plateau, east of the Niger River. The group had submitted a memorandum to the National Assembly, in the Second Republic, Shagari administration, for the creation of Kogi State separately from Kwara and Benue States. However, many of the elders and indigenes of Kogi State, who were privy to his underground effort hold  him in high esteem in helping to actualise the dream and aspirations of hundreds of thousands, if not  millions of individuals who belong to different ethnicities. But in a letter addressed to the Ambassador of the United States of America signed by the secretary to the government of Kogi state, Mrs Folashade Arike Ayoade, the state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello said the US should have created room no matter how slim, for a fair hearing. There have been claims and counter claims on how Kogi state was created. On Zakari’s resumption, the new Governor was accommodated in Brigadier General Tunde Ogbeha’s house, which also temporarily served as the Governor’s office. But in a letter addressed to the Ambassador of the United States of America signed by the secretary to the government of Kogi state, Mrs Folashade Arike Ayoade, the state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello said the US should have created room no matter how slim, for a fair hearing. 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It is a state in the middle belt of Nigeria. One of the first Qadi in the Kogi State was Faruk Imam . Kogi State was created on 27 August,1991 out of Benue State and Kwara State. Again he went to Abuja to consult with the Head of State, General  Babangida, having earlier scheduled a visit. Historical Development: Kogi State, which was created out of the former Kwara and Benue states on August 27, 1991, Kogi Circle, Lokoja. According to him, “there were many requests at the time, maybe more  request for states creation than could be reasonably accommodated, but Babangida obliged us amidst many others.” Similarly, he is appreciative of the efforts of General Abdulsalami Abubakar and  Senator David Mark who helped push the agenda even while he was absent at the critical moment of  decision. General Babangida gave him the same response; “no more states creation”. covers the area of the former Kabba Province. The state was created in 1991 from parts of Kwara State and Benue State. 36 talking about this. Product/Service. Without you having to pay for it. Real Earth data. Brigadier General Ogbeha’s mother (Mrs. Priscillia Rakiya Ogbeha) made catering arrangements at her own expense. With pleasantries and initial welcome banters over, Brigadier General  Ogbeha went into his real but carefully concealed reason for the visit to the Head of State. The state was created in 1991 from parts of Kwara State and Benue State. Share This: Kogi State Chief of Staff, Pharm. One of the first Qadi in the Kogi State was Faruk Imam.. One of the first Qadi in the Kogi State was Faruk Imam. At personal sacrifices amongst  which were huge telephone bills and other discomforts, he continued the lobby to key members  of the Babangida administration to keep the consideration of the creation of Kogi State afloat. Lokoja, town and river port, capital of Kogi state, south-central Nigeria, located on the west bank of the Niger River opposite the mouth of the Benue River. Pop. The creation of Kogi State was a significant development for its indigenes. throws up stunning statistics. He declared “The movement for the creation of Kogi State commenced as far back as 1981, when many Elders of the old Kabba province such as Professor Albert Ozigi, Joseph Abu Ogbeha, Liman Umar, Walter Bako and Timothy Elukpo, amongst others, had mobilised themselves and set up a committee, headed by Senator Ahmadu Ali, to lobby various successive governments. JOEL, a lecturer at Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja. Kogi State is popularly Known as the Confluence State because the confluence of River Niger and River Benue is at its capital, Lokoja, which is the first administrative capital of modern-day Nigeria. Now that the Kogi State gubernatorial election is set to hold in two months’ time, Governor Yahaya Bello, who is also the flag bearer of APC, was allegedly seen on Wednesday, at Gwagwalada, along the Abuja-Lokoja Road, throwing wads of naira notes to passers-by. The state as presently constituted, comprises the people of the Kabba Province of Northern Nigeria. Satisfied with the responses from his protege, Babangida had promised to create Kogi State. But it gained real and serious momentum when General Ibrahim Babangida assumed office. Loacted in north central Nigeria, Kogi State occupies 29,833 square kilometres. Kogi state is the only state in Nigeria which shows true WAZOBIA influences of the 3 major groups of Nigeria, Hausa, yoruba and Igbo (owing to it's location). Babangida had  received the Ogbehas warmly. Kogi state was created by calving out the Yoruba’s (Okun) in Kwara state to merge with the fellow brothers from Benue and Edo. In spite of his sacrifices,  Brigadier General Ogbeha summarised his efforts as thus: “I only acted as a go-between.”. Kogi is bordered by the states of Nassawara to the northeast; Benue to the east; Enugu, Anambra, and Delta to the south; Ondo, Ekiti, and Kwara to the west; and Niger to the north. Maphill maps are and will always be available for free. The creation of the state was indeed a significant development for its citizens. PRESS BRIEFING. Download Vanguard News App. KOGI STATE. Do you think the maps are too beautiful not to be painted? Historical Development: Kogi State, which was created out of the former Kwara and Benue states on August 27, 1991, Kogi Circle, Lokoja. The state as presently constituted, comprises the people of the Kabba Province of Northern Nigeria. Just a few days after the visit to General Babangida, Ogbeha travelled out of Nigeria for a  few weeks on vacation, as has been his practice over the years. Gunmen attacked the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja, Kogi State, in the early hours of today July 1, carting away computers, laptops, and phones of staff and patients as well as other sensitive materials from the administrative department of the health institution. December 21, 2020. Lokoja is an ancient city and it was the first administrative headquarters of Nigeria during the colonial era. Abuja One of the first Qadi in the Kogi State was Faruk Imam . It was probably one of the most rugged vehicles ev... By Joseph Erunke THE Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has finally suspended its strike. About See All +234 708 869 8212. Recall that the Kogi State government and the NCDC have been at loggerheads since the outbreak of the covid-19 pandemic in Nigeria. ... who created chaos in our state a few days ago. He records that the world throws away at le... 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But in politics, they say even 24 hours is a very long time. In spite of his own efforts, Brigadier General  Tunde Ogbeha is mostly seen giving gratitude to General Ibrahim Babangida who made the ultimate decision to create Kogi State. Brigadier General Ogbeha revived his request in early 1990,  while stationed at Jaji in Kaduna State. The state as presently constituted, comprises the people of the Kabba Province of Northern Nigeria. Omissions? He also told them there was nothing to suggest their aspirations were going to be actualised as at that time. On the 27th August 1991, General Ibrahim Babangida announced the creation of Kogi state alongside Edo and others. The election was conducted to fill the vacancy created by the death of John Abah also of the APC, which occurred in June. The oldest political party in Nigeria They included SDP, AA, ADC, AAC, APM and NRM. The creation of the State on the 27th August 1991 by the administration of former President Ibrahim Babangida was a dream fulfilled and one which seeks to put the State on the threshold of rapid socio-economic transformation. Kogi, state, central Nigeria. The state is prevalently called the juncture state in light of the fact that the conjunction of River Niger and River Benue […] True to his word, Babangida created Kogi State. It was created in 1991 from portions of eastern Kwara and western Benue states. The Kogi State Government became aware of a United States Government list of individuals who received US visa restrictions for alleged electoral malpractices via a Press Statement to that effect posted on your Embassy website at https://bit.ly/32vD96M. Adavi Local Government Area is located at the fringe of Kogi state. It  started as a subtle suggestion, but turned into a direct request. Igala, Ebira and Okun (associated with Yoruba). covers the area of the former Kabba Province. At the creation of Kogi State in August 1991, Colonel Danladi Mohammed Zakari, was appointed first military governor. POLITICAL CONTEXT AND KEY DEVELOPMENTS AHEAD OF NOVEMBER 16, 2019 KOGI STATE GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION. It's capital is Lokoja. In August 1991, itinerant Igala found themselves in a new state, Kogi which is where they are now. It was a reunion of  many individuals on a new platform who had shared historical  roots and co-existed peacefully within the former Kabba Province, in the defunct Northern  Region that spanned over eighty years. Nigeria’s largest known deposit of iron ore is found on the Agbaja Plateau north of the state capital, Lokoja. The state was created in 1991 from parts of Kwara State and Benue State. For Brigadier General Tunde Ogbeha, who was in the corridors  of power, he shortly was privy to information that General Babangida was having a change of heart. READ our Privacy-policy and cookie policy. Kogi, state, central Nigeria. In spite of his own efforts, Brigadier General Tunde Ogbeha is mostly seen giving gratitude to General Ibrahim Babangida, who made the ultimate decision of creating Kogi State. Kogi State is the most centrally located of all the states of the federation. Kogi state came into being as a result of the state creation exercise on 27th of August, 1991 with the administrative headquarters in Lokoja. Encyclopaedia Britannica's editors oversee subject areas in which they have extensive knowledge, whether from years of experience gained by working on that content or via study for an advanced degree.... Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. The Province was split into two in 1976, with one part in Kwara State and the other in Benue State. Kogi state was created on the 27 th of August, 1991. Kogi is bordered by the states of Nassawara to the northeast; Benue to the east; Enugu, Anambra, and Delta to the south; Ondo, Ekiti, and Kwara to the west; and Niger to the north. By signing up for this email, you are agreeing to news, offers, and information from Encyclopaedia Britannica. Kogi State government has kicked against the recent visa ban imposed on politicians alleged to have rigged the November 2019 election in the state by the United States of America. on. See Kogi State Schools Resumption Date for 2021/2022 Session. The author declares that, "The movement for the creation of Kogi State commenced as far back as 1981, when many Elders of the old Kabba … News How Yahaya Bello accomplished what his predecessors couldn’t. As an employer of labor and local intelligence gathering tool and security for the hinterlands, the Kogi State Vigilante Services hosts about 6,000 men and women, trained across board to man sentry of local policing which has created a tripod of Community, State and Federal security model- the success story of Security in Northern Nigeria. History and people. British merchants established a trading post at the Benue-Niger confluence in the late 1850s, and in 1860 the Scottish explorer William Balfour Baikie … He rose through the ranks to become a Deputy Registrar. It […] The state which is structured into twenty-one Local  Government Areas comprise three major ethnic groups i.e. By Eric Teniola There have been claims and counter-claims on how Kogi State was created, with a book titled, A Noble Path, an authorised biography of Jonathan Tunde Ogbeha, by Mr. Innocent Nzeke Waniko, making bold claims to how this happened. The ugly incident has created fear among residents in the state as a stray bullet hit a man in his shop located along Total Filling Station close to NEPA office in Lokoja. In the book titled, A Noble Path, an authorised biography of Jonathan Tunde Ogbeha, by Mr. Innocent Nzeke Waniko,revealed how Kogi state was created. The Province was split into two in 1976, with one part in Kwara State and the other in Benue State. These LGAs are; 1. Marble is quarried at Jakura, 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Lokoja, and the town has a lime-processing plant as well. Kogi state is the only state in Nigeria which shows true WAZOBIA influences of the 3 major groups of Nigeria, Hausa, yoruba and Igbo (owing to it's location). Firstly, One of the major groups in Kogi state is yoruba speaking (Okun) with yoruba origins from Ile-ife. 107 people like this. The Kogi claim to be the descendants of the ancient Tairona Indians who, in prehistoric and early historic times, inhabited parts of the northern and western flanks of the Sierra Nevada and who had created a society that, at the time of the Spanish Conquest, was more advanced than most of the chiefdoms of interior Colombia. Other minorities in the state are the Bassa, Nupe, Ogugu, Gwari, Kakanda, Oworo, ogori magongo and the Eggan. Abuja Federal Capital Territory also borders Kogi to the north. Kogi state was created in 1991 from parts of Kwara and Benue states, with three main ethnic groups and languages, the Igala, Ebira, and Okun (a Yoruba Group). The solidarity team got the  same message from Brigadier General Tunde Ogbeha. This article was most recently revised and updated by. 1 day ago. (vitag.Init = window.vitag.Init || []).push(function(){viAPItag.display("vi_949932995")}). This has given rise to several reservations and scrutiny over the years. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article. This time, a more resolute Brigadier General Tunde  Ogbeha modified his strategy by going with his late wife, Jacinta to serve as good measure. Kogi State government has kicked against the recent visa ban imposed on politicians alleged to have rigged the November 2019 election in the state by the United States of America. On the 27th August 1991, General Ibrahim Babangida announced the creation of Kogi state alongside Edo and others. In his words; “it was a shared effort. The state was created on the 27th of August 1991 from Kwara/Benue state. Community See All. He (from his base abroad) reached out to his friend and brother, General David Mark and General  Abdulsalam Abubakar to keep the pressure on General Babangida and sustain the lobby. Updates? The Province was split into two in 1976, with one part in Kwara State and the other in Benue State. The attorney general said the creation of the Kogi State OPD on June 4, 2019 was in line with the commitment of Governor Yahaya Bello to “ensure law and order, security of … ERIC TENIOLA. Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site. By. Some elders from old Kabba-Province, who were led by Timothy Walter Bako, paid a solidarity visit to Brigadier General Tunde  Ogbeha at Jajai in mid-1980s as part of the ‘lobby’ to actualise Kogi State. The announcement made by General Ibrahim Babangida on 27th August, 1991 was straight forward. Historical Development: Kogi State, which was created out of the former Kwara and Benue states on August 27, 1991, Kogi Circle, Lokoja. The author declares that, "The movement for the creation of Kogi State commenced as far back as 1981, when many Elders of the … Product/Service . 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