Kogi State, Lokoja.
Kogi state, no doubt is blessed with many historical, cultural and touristsโ sites yet to be fully harnessed and maximized. Mount Patti is one of the finest and most interesting touristsโ sites which any first-timer to Lokoja, the Kogi State capital would like to visit.
An adventurous climb to the top of Mount Patti which is about 1,500 feet or 458.3 meters above sea level would be a worthwhile experience for a visitor to the ancient town. One interesting thing about this site is its serene ambience and clement weather that both welcome you as you journey to the top.
The snaking road that leads to the top of Mount Patti is such a wonder to behold as you walk uphill.
Sitting gracefully on top of Mount Patti is a structure known as โLord Lugard Rest House,โ said to have been built around 1900. Lord Lugard, the then Governor General of Nigeria was said to have used the โRest Houseโ as relaxation spot after his dayโs activities.
It was also learnt that Lugard equally used the vantage position of the Mount Patti as a surveillance post to observe all activities going on in Lokoja and its environs.
Also at the top of Mount Patti are statues of his wife, Flora Shaw and him.ย Flora Shaw was said to have coined the name โNigeriaโ (Niger-area) from on top this mount, while working as a foreign journalist during the era of British Colonial Administration. She later got married to Lord Lugard.
The wooded height of the hill gives a visitor a vantage position to view the scenic plain surrounding the ancient town of Lokoja. From atop Mount Patti, one can savour the silent grandeur and beautiful nature of the Confluence Rivers, Niger and Benue.