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Jigawa State
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Capital Dutse
Land Area & Rank 22,410 sq km (20)
Year Created August 27, 1991
Governor Badaru Abubakar, APC
Deputy Gov Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia
L.G.A 27
House of Assembly 30
Major Areas/Towns Dutse (capital), Gumel, Hadejia, Ringim, Kazaure
Local Dialects Hausa
Motto “A New World”
Population 2006 Census:
Rank & Sex: 4,348,649 (8)
Male: 2,215,907
Female: 2,132,742
Contact Phone Gov. Office: 234-64-721190
SSG: 234-64-721094
Info: 234-64-721040
Liason Office Abuja Liaison Office:
Plot 22, Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent
Opp. Amigos Supermarket Wuse II
P.O. Box 314, Garki, Abuja
Tel: 09-5235044, 5238901, 5238902
Fax: 09-5235034
E-mail: jigawas@yahoo.com

Lagos Liaison Office:
31A, Joel Ogunnaike Street,
Ikeja G.R.A, Lagos.
Tel/Fax: 01-4972221
Mobile: 0803-3119586
Local Government Areas
LGA Headquarter
Auyo Auyo
Babura Babura
Birniwa Birniwa
Birnin Kudu Birnin Kudu
Buji Buji
Dutse Dutse
Gagarawa Gagarawa
Garki Garki
Gumel Gumel
Guri Guri
Gwaram Gwaram
Gwiwa Gwiwa
Hadejia Hadejia
Jahun Jahun
Kafin Hausa Kafin Hausa
Kaugama Kaugama
Kazaure Kazaure
Kirikasamma Kirikasamma
Kiyawa Kiyawa
Maigatari Maigatari
Malam Madori Malam Madori
Miga Miga
Ringim Ringim
Roni Roni
Sule Tankarkar Sule Tankarkar
Taura Taura
Yankwashi Yankwashi
Hotels & Tourism

Important places: Birnin Kudu Rock Painting Site, Waman Rafi Lake, Maigatari Tourist transit camp and the age-old dying pits at Ringim, Hadejia etc.

New State Hotel
Jigawa is an Hausa word meaning vast loamy and nonmarshy soil. The people have for long been in the main stream of the 16th century ancient Trans Saharan Trade route. Commercial activities have been part and parcel of the people for many centuries. The people are homogeneous Hausa/Fulani ethnic group. Jigawa State was carved out of Kano State in 1991 under the then Gen. Ibrahim Babangida administration. The state is made up of five emirates; Hadejia, Kazaure, Gumel, Ringim and Dutse. Jigawa is a state to visit for those who wish to be witnesses to the story of how a rural and backward state is steadily rising to greatness. And how a poverty-ridden environment is gradually transforming to a land of opportunities in a manner that the world can no longer ignore. Welcome to Jigawa state, the new world!  


The state is bordered on the West by Kano State, on the South by Bauchi State on the East by Bauchi and Yobe States, and on the North by Yobe State and the Republic of Niger.


The landform is generally undulating-giving way to “Jigawa”. Except on some parts of the Southern borders where traces of guinea vegetation are noticeable, most of the state lies within he Sudan vegetation zone. Principal river is the Hadejia river.


Jigawa has an arduous climate. The mean daily maximum temperature range is between 330C and 150C respectively. The two main seasons are rain and dry seasons. The rain season lasts from May to September, while the dry season lasts from October to April. Rainfall varies each year, ranging from 635 889mm.


The state has one thousand four hundred and fifty three (1,453) primary schools with a total enrollment of 369,777. The state also has 77 secondary schools, one Polytechnic and one College of Education.


About 90% of the work force is engaged in agriculture, which is the backbone of the economy. In fact the groundnut pyramids associated with some parts of the Northern states were largely cultivated within Jigawa State. The Maigatari Border Free Trade Zone owned by the state government is first of its kind by any state in Nigeria. With the free trade zone, the state has jumped started the industrial revolution of the state with the establishment of the Gum Arabic Laboratory and the processing of sesame seeds factory; the two main agrarian products in the state.


Agricultural produce in the state includes: Gum Arabic, Groundnut, guinea corn, cassava and millet.

Mineral/Natural Resources:

The mineral resources available in the State are; Kaoline, Tourmaline, Amethyst, and Marl stone, Potash, Pedoshper, White quarts, Refactory clay, fine clay and Antimony.

Famous Natives:

Sule Lamido, politician. Sani Zoro, Journalist. Babaru Tamiz, Businessman. Haruna Uji Hadojia, Musician. Rabi Umar (Mrs) administrator. Mohammed Alkali, Politician. Habibu Nuhu Kila, Journalist. Musa Gumel, Musician. Shehu Aliyu Hadajia, businessman. Nana Ashiat (Mrs) administrator. Ibrahim Manzo, administrator. Abdul Sambo, administrator. Tijani Mohammed, Justice. Gambo Saleh, Lawyer. Ibrahim Shehu Kwatalo, Politician. Mohammed Lawan, Journalist. Salisu Sambaja, businessman. Dankwari Birnin Kudu, Musician. Usman Zakari, Journalist. Hamade Mohammed, politician. Lawan Shu'Aibu, Justice.  
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