Kogi Green Pages is published by Kogi Public Private Partnerships Forum (Kp3f) and Rajans-Global Ventures, through the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), Green Venture Global Services in collaboration with the Kogi State Ministry of Commerce and Industries, as a primary contribution to the transformational agenda of the new administration through strategic, timely and targeted dissemination of relevant information that would lead to harnessing the economic potentials of the state for improved socio economic wellbeing and general development through the interactive power of the print media and the internet to make life more productive and easier for those interested in doing business in Kogi state.
Kogi Green Pages product and services will inform, entertain, empower and connect users and clients with compelling Kogi, North Central and nationally-related experiences. They will also offer advertisers the opportunity to reach a large local, national and global audience that is interested in Kogi state, the FCT and the North Central Zone at large; and progressively, offer full Internet consulting services that include website development/management services and internet application development. For the discerning clients, the Green Pages would enhance and improve productivity while driving efficiencies in their business processes.
We hope to continue to work with our clients before and long after their enlistment to ensure that the exposure offered would continue to meet their strategic business objectives and realize their full profit potential.
- To provide for use and benefit of the investing public the most reliable, authoritative and holistic compendium of information on the LGAs, cities and towns, businesses, infrastructure, investment and tourism opportunities through the instrumentality of the Green pages and similar publications
- To explore the vast but untapped Kogi State and North Central information market with a view to producing publications and documentaries that are vitally important and contributory to the region’s socio- economic and political growth.
- To provide holistic and effective marketing and public relations services to producers and consumers to enable them achieve their corporate goals”
- To conquer the challenges of the market place and achieve our mission through
- Employing, training and retaining the most diligent, astute and enterprising associates who will be a credit to themselves, the society and to God
- Developing a solid reputation for quality, reliability, accuracy and service delivery; and in so doing attain the position of a leading company in this sub-sector to the extent that all stakeholders ( clients, staff, shareholders) are justifiably proud to be associated with the company
ADVANTAGES OF THE GREEN PAGES TO BUSINESS IN KOGI STATE
- Available data base on businesses and locational addresses for ease of reference for investors, businesses and consumers
- Provision of a reliable, authoritative and holistic compendium of information on the LGAs, cities and towns, businesses, infrastructure, investment and tourism opportunities
- Track Kogians at home and in the Diasporas on their contribution to state, national and global development
- The publication is a contribution of Kp3f, Rajans-Global Ventures and KOCCIMA to the transformation administration of the State that would make business more pleasurable and rewarding with attendant contribution to the state’s IGR and competitiveness.
We pledge to strive for the highest degree of trust, efficiency, and integrity in all our operations while meeting and exceeding stakeholders’ expectations
The Kogi transformation Agenda -A Kogi Futures’ Initiative!
Key attributes of Kogi State:
- It is a confluence state
- Excellent geography
- Good inland waterways
- Good human Resource availability
- Gateway to The federal Capital City
- Contingent to the Federal Capital Territory
- Politically agile but peaceful populace
- Accommodative population
Kogi State has its headquarters and capital city in Lokoja. It was created August 21, 1991 by the General Ibrahim Babangida’s administration whose States creation and transitional provisions Decree No. 14 of 1991 restructured Nigeria into 21 Federating Units. In terms of size, Kogi State is one of the smallest geographical area, yet, it has the best locational advantage for business in Nigeria.
Over the years, the status of the State as a Gateway City has created diverse development challenges including transportation, housing, security, leisure, and economic and major urbanization related matters.
Thus, there is the gigantic challenge for the state and advantage for investors in the area of provision of new infrastructure and maintenance of the existing ones, for a large chunk of its citizens in short, medium and long terms. These challenges provide opportunities to explore creative and innovative ways of addressing development and the infrastructure deficit.
As the most centrally located of all the states of the federation, Kogi State comprises of the Igala, Ebira, Kabba and Kogi divisions of the former Kabba province. The State shares common boundaries with eleven states made up of Niger, Nassarawa and the Federal Capital Territory to the north. To the east, the state is bounded by Benue State, to the south by Anambra and Enugu states and to the west by Edo, Ondo, Ekiti and Kwara States.
The final relocation of the Federal seat of government from Lagos to Abuja in December 1991 marked the watershed, when Lokoja became the new gateway to the FCT, the nation’s political capital.
There are twenty-one local government areas which include Adavi, Ajaokuta, Ijumu, Bassa, Dekina, Idah, Ankpa, Omala, Yagba East, Yagba West and Kogi. Others are Lokoja, Ofu, Okehi, Okene, Olamaboro, Igalamela/Odolu, Ibaji, Ogori/ Magongo, Mopamuro and Kabba. Major towns include Ajaokuta, Ankpa, Kabba, Okene, Idah, Koton-Karfe, Dekina, Egbe, Anyigba and Lokoja.
Kogi state is blessed with suitable ecological and climatic conditions. It is therefore possible to have heavy investment in the tourism, heavy metal and agricultural sectors for the local and export markets. This rich agricultural endowment is reflected in its capacity to produce cash crops like cocoa, coffee and cashew. Others are sesame seeds, cassava and palm produce, jathropha, etc,. With the recent oil find in the Ibaji area of the East Senatorial flank, Kogi state may soon join the league of oil producing states for the benefit of the state.
Kogi has two climatic seasons –Dry (November-March) and wet (April-October). The drainage system of the State is characterized by a maze of waterways which constitute a reasonable portion of the State total landmass in the West and East Senatorial zones. There are a few but major water bodies in the state including the Rivers Niger and Benue and their tributaries, Mabolo, Akpagidibgo, Okura, Oyi, and several others. Today, the Wada administration is supporting investment in the production of demographic data necessary for informed planning for metropolitan Lokoja and Kogi state in general.
THE NEW DIRECTION
Curiously, for more than 50 years, infrastructure as an analytic concept has not been well kitted in Nigeria’s tool box. For Kogi state, the plethora of development agendas is a sign of the dearth of infrastructure requiring urgent intervention for transformation.
Analyzing why and how infrastructure contribute to development, Prud’homme, (2004) has further described Infrastructure as a space - shrinker and Market enlarger that Operates to lower trade barriers. In urban areas, it can be shown that infrastructure contributes to enlarge the effective size of the labor market and of the goods or ideas markets, thus increasing productivity and output (ibid, 2004).
Institutional and financial regimes have a direct impact upon the socio-economic efficiency of infrastructure. Because infrastructure always has a government dimension and can also have a private dimension, the menu of institutional options available is quite rich:
- From direct government provision (with or without tolls and prices) to
- Unsubsidized concessions, with various forms of public-private partnerships, such as subsidized concessions or shadow tolls.
There is no doubt that the infrastructure gap in the state today, present a great opportunity to engage in meaningful deployment of transformational leadership in Private sector participation , which is universally acknowledged as the most realistic and sustainable route to addressing acute infrastructure gap (DOZIE, 2011).
TRANSFORMATION FOR COMPETITIVENESS
The Wada administration from outset, expressed its readiness to embrace requisite strategies towards the realization of the transformation of the state. In this regard, the agenda set out a road map targeted at agriculture, education, youth empowerment and tourism development going by the abundant historical relics and cultural heritage of the people of the state.
Many Kogites have stressed the need for more enlightenment to understand the transformation agenda of the Wada administration. In other to educate the public and break it down in such a way that more people could own and participate in the transformation agenda.
For the records, the transformation road map is seeking to address salient structures and features that will drive the Wada change movement. As a prelude, the administration has developed its pivot of operation in a way that addresses:
- Issues of interaction between the public and private sectors requiring the establishment of strategic Transformation structures to fast track effective coordination of a broad based and futuristic transformation infrastructure development master plan.
- Pursuit of sound macroeconomic policies including fiscal prudence supported by appropriate policy against profligacy.
- Review of the budget process to provide greater participation and clarity of roles for the executive, legislature and civil society, and ensure that the appropriation bill is enacted into law early in year. This policy direction favours setting allocation priorities rather than micro-budgeting or contesting figures as is the norm with executive – legislature conduct to date.
- Review of existing internally generated revenue architecture to achieve a more realistic fiscal integration. This is expected to pave the way for more effective implementation of programmes at the community level.
- Institutionalizing the culture of development planning across the state and ensuring that the annual capital budget allocations take a cue from the overall transformation (medium and long term development) plans.
Towards this end, the Kogi Chamber of Commerce and its trade groups like the Kogi PPP Forum is excited that the administration is progressively working towards the need to initiate transformation – centred Bills to the State Legislature for passage. A crucial step in this direction is the State’s PPP law. The Chamber of Commerce is providing needed support for an expedited development and passage of the law in other to strengthen private sector investment and participation in the state’s economy, ensure Plan-Budget link and increase private sector visibility in the state.
The principle of transformation as a catalyst for socio-economic growth in Africa has been on the agenda for some time. Luckily, some of those statistics bear repetition on the emphasis for total transformation the demand for PPP and in Kogi state, the Wada administration since inception in 2012, brought a new hope and determination to the table with very vibrant and practical pronouncements to effect the much needed paradigm shift in the direction of private sector participation (PSP) in the state’s economy. Thus, Opportunities abound in:
- Solid minerals and value chain development; Oil and gas; Water Supply
- Waste-Management/Refuse Collection; Slaughter Houses
- Infrastructure: Roads and Bridges Construction; Transportation: Buses; Coaches, etc
- Ferry and water bus Services; Rail services
- Free trade Zones
- Security; Internally Generated Revenue Management
- Mining and Mineral Exploitation/Exploration
- Airport (International/Domestic) which would be a hub for N/Central/Eastern Aviation Activities including a high percentage of International Departures and likely Domestic Connection
- River Ports
There are existing (two) of the Nation’s inland ports at Jamata near Lokoja and Idah to handle a reasonable percentage of Northern Nigeria’s import requirements. There is substantial opportunity for:
- Increased percentage of PTO/GSM subscribers
- Additional privately owned electronic and prints media
- Increased commercial buses arising from increased vehicular density
- Increased IPP; Increased total road networks; Water front Development
- Water walk design and development; Water front Embankment
- Water front commercial design and development; Water front new town development
We welcome you to the limitless investment potentials in Kogi state, the new frontier for investment in Nigeria.