Kogi State is called the confluence State for a particular reason. The reason is not far fetched. The two main rivers in Nigeria; River Niger and River Benue meet themselves in Lokoja, the capital of Kogi State. Forming a confluence that springs down the South of Nigeria. Creating one of the largest deltas in the world; the Niger delta. The confluence is surely an important spectacle to behold in Nigeria. This confluence can be seen from another great spectacle in Nigeria. This vital and intriguing spectacle is known as Mount Patti.
Patti is a Nupe word for mountain. Mount Patti stands at 460 meters, overlooking the grassy plains of the River Niger. With a landmass of 15 square kilometers, Mount Patti covers a large expanse of land. Some of its peaks are used for farming, while some have telecommunication masts placed on them. The mountain has a historical feat as it was very popular during the reign of Lord Lugard. He was the Administrator General of Nigeria during the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern protectorate.
Sitting graciously on the top of the mount is the Lord Lugard rest house built in the 20th century. This house was built by Lord Lugard. It was used as a surveillance post to view the Niger-Benue confluence, the plains of Lokoja and its numerous environs. It was also used for recreational purposes. One can even see as far as Ajaokuta from the top of the hill. Legend says that it was at the top of this mountain that Late Mrs Flora Shaw Lugard (wife of Lord Lugard) coined the name Nigeria meaning “Niger Area”.
Due to its height, numerous peaks, sharp bends and undulating terrain, Mount Patti is suitable for adventurers who want to explore such area. Its cool ambiance also makes it a nice place for tourists who want to have a feel of its surroundings. Not leaving out the beautiful scenery of the Niger-Benue confluence and the Lokoja plains. At the top of the hill is a century old baobab tree that was in existence before the arrival of Lord Lugard.
Mount Patti might not be where it ought to be as regards fulfilling its tourism potential but it is definitely a destination you need to visit.
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