Lokoja - Kogi Deputy Governor Mr Yomi Awoniyi says the state is safe for investors to do business.
Awoniyi, in a statement issued by his press secretary, Mr Michael Abu, in Lokoja on Monday, said the listing of Kogi among "unsafe states for investors and tourists" was unfair.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a national daily had on May 6 in a national survey, listed Kogi among unsafe states for investors.
According to the deputy governor, the people of the state reject and refute such "uninformed and satanic categorisation" of the state.
He said the listing sought to taint the present peaceful and conducive atmosphere in the state.
He noted that the state was under constant surveillance in spite of the security challenges in the country.
"I call on the author of the said publication to make bold and to take inventory of record of kidnappings at his disposal and tell the world the truth.
"Is a state like Kogi, with just one case of kidnapping in the last 22 years, less safer than states where cases of kidnapping, bunkering and militancy have been a daily occurrence?"
He said that the state had initiated a youth empowerment programme to curb the menace of robberies and delinquencies among youths.
Awoniyi said there had been influx of foreign investors that had already started several businesses while others were on the verge of setting up new ones in the state.
"Our numbers of foreign investors in the last 18 months in this state is an indication of how safe Kogi State is for investors," he said.
He said that the state had the lowest record crime rate in the country and had been adjudged as the most peaceful in the country.
He stated that Kogi had more than 23 solid minerals, natural resources and was rich in arable land for agriculture.
"Kogi's richness has made it a confluence of possibilities and an investors' haven," he said.
He called on Nigerians to always be critical and scrutinise any information before publishing it.
"This is an unfortunate comment about us."