SITES IN BUTURA LAND WITH EXCELLENT TOURISM DEVELOPMENT POTENTIALS
The big Butura stone causeway (Tash Ti Mgbang)
This stone causeway has been declared a UNESCO heritage site since the year 1953 when the stones had not been seriously affected by erosion. The bridge is dated to have been built about 2000 years ago. Near Tash ti Mgbang there is also a footbridge built by a white man who visited the area and discovered that this ancient monument was undergoing erosion. So he constructed another bridge in order to help the people to cross the river. The footbridge is less than 3km South East of Tayas settlement reputed to the place the Whiteman ﬁrst settled in Butura land.
Butura Pedestrian Bridge
This bridge was built around 4 decades ago. Originally conceived as a vehicular bridge, the design was changed to the one eventually built, due to a paucity of funds. It served as an alternative to the stone causeway less than a kilometer downstream of the same stream. Today, it remains as a tourist site.
This is a forest site just before the community constructed a bridge across the Bwoi stream, a tributary of the Dye magbang with the Butura stone causeway. This is where male youths of 7 years used to be taken for circumcision.
This is a large expanse of land which was used by horse riders for Durbar called Mangul ma Malawang. It was also on this ground that horse riders used to perform their expertise during the Nahwai Festival at the time of graduation of their children from circumcision.
Fai ta Ret
This is a hill opposite Gbiss with a lot of date Palm Trees (Dikyau in Ron Language). It was used as a watchtower for the purpose of security. This area is a tourist spot because of its beautiful scenery
Fai ah Gundiyan
This is a stone area where heads of dead human beings were kept at the foot of which the male circumcised youths used to reside in the daytime and undergo practical exercises before going home in the evening. The heads were those of dead people from Butura. The heads were removed from the grave and a post-mortem to determine the cause of their death
Fai ah Kandung
This is a snow-white stone Inselberg similar in appearance but not as big as Wase Rock. It is the bigger watch tower which also served as a shelter during the rainy season. This is because at its foot are three big caves that are high-value tourist sites. From this rock oral traditions say people could see as far as 6070 kilometers away. Legend has it that it was much higher than it is today but was struck down by thunder
This is another forest area opposite Fai ah Kadung and close to Tash ti Ngbang where young circumcised males used to be kept. It was also used for the purpose of fetching healing water (Haam ma Luah in Ron Language) ruwan bagaja
This is the area that oral tradition says was the place that the ﬁrst white man settled in Butura before he left for Bakkus (Bokkos Town). Legend has it that army ants sent by the Ron Butura people drove the unwelcome Whiteman. It is about 3-4km northwest of the Pedestrian Bridge and Butura stone cause way at Tash ti Mgbang
Dikyau ah Wulliang
This is the site where oral tradition tells us that the Fulani Jihadists from Bauchi came to Butura and met their Waterloo as a result of a heavy downpour with ice blocks. Oral traditions say this downpour was not an ordinary one but caused by mystical powers possessed by some of the Butura people
This is a circular stone arrangement in front of the entrance of each family compound. It is here that old men seat in the evening times to tell and teach the young generations an account of the past history of their people and education for life. These are all over the ancient heritage sites which can be fenced and converted into tourist sites
Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) (formerly EKAS, EKAN) at Kunet built nearly a century ago, has given birth to many churches in Butura
The area is blessed with fertile agrarian land and adequate water supply. So agricultural activities are all year round. Cash crops and food crops produced include Irish Potatoes, Maize, Millet, Acha (Digitaria exilis) or hungry rice, Cocoyam, sweet potatoes, and Bennie seed. Vegetables such as Carrots, Tomatoes, Sweet Pepper, are cultivated in commercial quantities. Livestock such as goats, sheep, pigs, cattle also abound. There is an international market at Gnagh ti Mgbang (Maikatako) which is the third largest market in the Plateau Central Senatorial Zone of the State. This is where agricultural products are marketed.
There is the fertilizer blending company and Milky Way Dairy Company at Mabel and Diram.
Columbite, Kaolin, and Tin are still found within the area and exploited by artisanal miners.
There are up to 10 secondary schools in Butura Land and an apex institution of learning, the Plateau State University Bokkos is located at Diram in Butura Land.
The land is linked with good and accessible roads and communication network. There is a Federal Road under construction from Panyam to Wamba in Nasarawa State through Bokkos town. There is an internal network of roads being constructed from Kuba to Bhutt (Tenti) and from Ramtiwem (Kuba) to Dorowa through Mazat and Marit. Butura Village area is covered by Airtel, MTN, Glo and Etisalat networks.
Selected Butura Cuisine
Meat prepared in sesame seeds and palm oil, olive oil or palm kernel oil added
Main traditional food staple made either from acha or corn and the soup from ﬁeld collected fresh and dry greens or the bark of some edible trees as in this photo.
Beans in sesame seeds and palm oil, olive oil or palm kernel oil added
Wild sweet berries a geologist’s and tourist delight, a rock pothole.
BUTURA TRADITIONAL COUNCIL
Madaki Butura, Dah Sunday Mariyom Damla
Saf Mandar, Dah Amos Sati Jallang Ciroma Butura, Dah Sati Mabur Wangai
HRH Dah Engr. (Dr) John Gabriel Mallo Makwal, Saf Butura
Galadima Butura, Dah Bulus Mador
Butura Kochok- Elders
Dance Leader Raising Nahwai Dance