The British, who ruled northern Nigeria in 1903, recognised Chief Musa as the first Lafia-era. It was the largest part of the Lafia division of the Benue County. The city became part of the state of Benne-Plateau in 1967 and was assigned to the state of Plateau in 1976. The modern Lafia is a collection point for Jerusalem artichoke seed, soy beans and a trade center for sweet potatoes, sorghum, milk and cottons.
In addition to agriculture, the traditional activity of the city' s residents - members of the Arago, Tiv and Kanuri tribes - is to weave and dye it. During the arid period, the shepherds of the island take their livestock into the area. Pewter and columbian are extracted near the city, and a colliery is located south-east of it.
Besides the Emir's residence, Lafia has a main religious centre, a grammar schools and a state public healthcare department.
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It is the capitol and the biggest in Nasarawa. Olafia is a collecting point for soya beans and cereals. Pewter and columbian are extracted in the Lafia municipality, and there is a large colliery in the south-east of the towns. It is home to the Nasarawa State University Faculty of Agriculture Lafia, the College of Agriculture Lafia, the Nasarawa State Polytechnic Lafia, the Federal University, Lafia and several other educational establishments.
Lafia can be reached via the Makurdi-Jos road or the Port Harcourt mainline.