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Gombe State
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Capital Gombe
Land Area & Rank 20,265 sq km (23)
Year Created October 1, 1996
Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, PDP
Deputy Gov Charles Iliya
L.G.A 11
House of Assembly 24
Major Areas/Towns Gombe (capital), Dukku, Billiri, Bajoga, Kaltungo.
Local Dialects Hausa and Fulani
Motto “Jewel in the Savannah”
Population 2006 Census:
Rank & Sex: 2,353,879 (31)
Male: 1,230,722
Female: 1,123,157
Contact Phone Gov. Office: 234-72-220720
SSG: 234-72-223915
Info: 234-72-220230
Email: ssggsng@yahoo.com
Liason Office Abuja Liaison Office:
Plot; 534, Ndjamena Crescent
Off Aminu Kano Crescent
Wuse II, Abuja
Tel: 09-5236141,
Fax: 09-3147248

Lagos Liaison Office:
Plot 1227, Ahmadu Bello way
Victoria Island
P.M.B. 12009, Lagos.
Tel: 0804 2111317
Local Government Areas
LGA Headquarter
Akko Kumo
Balanga Talasse
Billiri Billiri
Fune Kaye Fune Kaye
Gombea Gombe
Kaltungo Kaltungo
Kwami Malam Sidi
Nafada Nafada
Shongom Boh
Yamaltu/Deba Deb
Hotels & Tourism

Important places: places: Tangale waja mountain range in Shongom, Tula pass Plateau, Bima hills, kilang hills The highest point in the entire north east, Sultan Attahiru's Grave, Tomb of Buba Yero founder of the Fulani emirate in 1784 at Gombe-Abba, Kanawa Plantation. The Cham Bambam valley and Dadinkowa Dam.

Important Events: Durbar (horse racing) performed during Sallah, Sharo- Fulani age grade initiation ceremonies in September and January, Dambe and Kokawa a yearly traditional boxing and wrestling carnival.

A.Y. Guest House
P.O. Box 117
Tel: 234 72 20444

Gombe Holiday Inn
New Market Road
P.O.Box 178, Gombe
Tel: 234-72-20295

State Hotel
G.R.A Road
Tel: 234-72-20230
Gombe State is made of diverse ethnic groups with rich cultural, religious and language backgroud. Among the various ethnic groups are; Tangale, Terawa, Waja, Fulani, Kanuri, Bolewa, Jukun, Pero/Shonge, Tula, Cham, Lugunda, Dadiya, Banbuka, and Hausa. Most of the ethnic groups are believed to have originated from the Middle East. They migrated to their present location from the Lake Chad region. The period of migration and final arrival at their present location vary among tribes; but there is a general agreement that these migrations occurred during the turbulent years of the Kanem-Bornu Empire and was completed during the Fulani Jihad of the 19th century.

The 1947 regional partitioning of the country merged the zone with the Northern region. In 1967 states creation by then Gen Yakubu Gowon regime, the area was part of North East State. In 1976 when Bauchi State was created the state was also an integral part of it. Gombe as a state was created on October 1, 1996 by Gen. Sani Abacha Military Government.  


In the South West is Bauchi State, in the South is Taraba State, in South East is Adamawa State, in the East is Borno State and in the North East is Yobe State.


A concentration of mountains and hills in the South East; the predominance of flat open plains in the Central, North and North-East. The Gongola river traverses the state, watering most of North and South East through Dukku, Nafada and DadinKowa before emptying into the River Benue at Numan. The vegetation is mainly the Guinea Savannah grassland with concentration of woodland in the South-East and South-West.


Two distinct climates, the dry and rain seasons. The dry season begins in November and ends in early March and it is usually marked by the Cold Harmattan winds. The rain season runs from April-October. November through December is the coldest months while March, April and May are the hottest. Average rainfall is 850mm.




The state hosts the second largest cement producing company in Nigeria (Ashaka Cement) established in 1974. Other firms in the state are; three Cotton ginneries, Oil Seed Processors Limited. Manto Processing Company (Processing tomatoes and Mango into juice). The state has in partnership with private investors established the- Niko Plastic Company, Jewel Spring Water, Hyun Sung Hydraulic Company and Gombe Sugar Company. The Gombe Grains depot is one of the largest of such depot in Nigeria and its existence predate Nigeria as a Nation.


The state produces both cash and food crops as well as livestocks. The agricultural produce includes; maize, millet, sorghum, rice, wheat, cowpea, groundnuts, soya-bean, Bambara nuts, orange, lemon, mango, guava, paw-paw, grapes, tomatoes, pepper, onions, okra, pumpkin and melon. Tree crops: Gum Arabic, kenaf, sugar cane, beniseed, sunflower and ginger. Livestock: cattle, goats, pigs, poultry products, rabbits and fish.

Mineral/Natural Resources:

Clay, limestone, gypsum, kaolin, silica sand, granite, talc, diatomite, hulite, mica, bentonite, calcite, galena, sphalerite, iron ore, uranium, copper, corrundum, basalt, garnet, felspar, coal, topaz, fertile land for agriculture and navigable waters.

Famous Natives:

Usman Abubakar, Monarch (Emir of Gombe) Daudu Abdulsalam, administrator. Haruna Garba, Politician. Usman Bayero, Politician. Hamzo sule Bokki, administrator  
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