|Land Area & Rank
||48,473.2 sq km (5)
||Feb. 3, 1976
||Nasir El-Rufai, APC
|House of Assembly
||Kaduna (capital), Kafanchan, Kujama, Zaria, Kachia
Rank & Sex: 6,066,562 (3)
||Gov. Office: 234-62-417232
Abuja Liaison Office:
Plot 38, Jose Marti Crescent
Lagos Liaison Office:
Plot 1232, Bishop Oluwole St
Victoria Island, Lagos.
Tel: 0803-3118-643, 0803-3056-887
|Local Government Areas
|Hotels & Tourism
Important places: National Museum in Kaduna,
Lord Lugard foot bridge, Emir of Zaria Palace, Zangimi
Dam, Zaria Dam, Arewa House; residence of late premier
of Northern region Sir, Ahmadu Bello, Kufena Hills,
Kamuku games reserve, Matsirga waterfall, Kagoro hills
and nok Terra cotta.
Important Events: Afan festival in
Kagora in January, Durbar in Zaria-during Sallah
celebrations, Tuk-ham celebration in Hamland in April,
New crops festival in Ninzam and Kurama land in January,
Nnom Barazan festival in Zonkwa in January
24, Waff Road
P.M.B 2190, Kaduna
Aso Motels Limited
11, Waff Road
Tel: 234-62- 237389, 242108
Fax: 234-62- 240008
Fina White House Hotels Limited
N. E. 20 Bonny Road
Tel: 234-62- 240979
N. I. Constitution Road
Tel: 234-62- 213735, 213759
Kaduna Durbar Hotel
26, Waff Road
Tel: 234-62-242251, 242253
N T I Conference
2, Zaria Express Way
Tel: 234-62-237038, 211730
Kongo Conference Hotel
Old Jos Road, P.M.B 1068
Tel: 234-69-32872, 32874, 32875
Kubanni International Hotel
33, Manchester Street
Tel: 234-69-34443, 33135
Isa Kaita Road
The state derived her name from the River Kaduna.
Nickname: “The Crocodile City”. The history of the entire
Northern Nigeria will be incomplete without Kaduna state.
It's a melting pot for the entire region. Prior to Nigeria
independence; Kaduna was the capital of the Northern
region from 1947-1967. The state occupies a central and
large portion of the Northern region. The state is a
heterogeneous ethnic society. There are about 36
indigenous ethnic groups found in different parts of the
The major ones are; Hausa, Kagora, Maro'a, Bajju,
Jaba, Fulani, Gbagi, and Kataf amongst others.
Notwithstanding, the Hausa language is a unifying dialect.
The state could be described as a “defence State”. The state
hosts the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) among other
On February 3, 1976 the state was
created by then Gen. Murtala Mohammed administration
out of North Central State. On September 23, 1987 Katsina
State was carved out of Kaduna State. In 1991 ethnic
cleansing erupted among the Zango/Kataf, it took the
Federal might to restore normalcy. On July 10, 2005 the
former Deputy Governor- Stephen Shekari died in a Tel
Aviv Hospital, Israel. On July 20, 2005, Patrick Ibrahim
Yakowa was appointed to replace him.
In the West are Zamfara and
Niger States, in the East is Bauchi State, in the South-East
is plateau state, in the North are Katsina and Kano States,
and in the South is Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The entire land structure consists of an
undulating plateau. However, as one moves toward
Southern part of the state, an isolated hills are noticed. The
major rivers are; River Kaduna, River Wonderful in
Kafanchan, River Kagom and River Gurara. The state
vegetation consists of Guinea Savannah associated with
grass land to the Sudan Savannah in the north. The grass
land is vast covering most of the Southern part.
Two seasons are marked in the state; the rain and
dry seasons. The rain season lasts from April to October
with great variation as you move northwards. It is much
heavier in the Southern part of the state like Kafanchan
which has an average of 1524mm than in the extreme
north. The dry season lasts from Novmber till March.
December and January could be very cold due to the
harmattan dry and dusty wind.
The state has 1,586 primary schools, 182
secondary schools, two universities; Ahmadu Bello
Uuniversity, Zaria and Nigerian Defence Academy
(Defence University) and one polytechnic; Kaduna
The economy of the state is mainly agrarian.
However, some percentages are involved in small cottage
industries, while the rest are engaged in white collar jobs.
The state has one of the Nation's oil refineries, Kaduna
refinery. The state hosts the following industries; Kachia
ginger Processing Company at Kachia, Ikara food
processing company, Kafanchan food and Flour Mill
Limited, Nigeria Tobacco Company at Zaria, and Peugeot
Automobile Assembling Company Limited.
The state produces the following agricultural
products: Ginger, maize, tomato, groundnuts, kenaf, sugar
cane, cotton, tobacco leaves, shea nut, cowpea, potato,
pepper, banana, mango, yam, and soya beans. Animal
husbandry (cattle, sheep, goats) and poultry products.
TEmerald (green), gold, beryl,
saphires, tourmaline, zircon, diamond, iron ore,
manganese, graphits, marble, glass sand and granite.
Balarabe Musa, politician. Ango
Abdullahi, educationist. Tsoho Abdullahi, businessman.
Zamani Lekwot, army general rtd. Adamu Nuhu,
Politician. C.K. Abashiya, businessman. Yahaya Hamza,
administrator. Idris Abdulkadir, administrator. T. Y.
Maiyaki, administrator. Hakeem Baba Ahmed,
administrator. Kasimu Yaro, actor. Usman (Samanja),
actor. Celestine Babayaro, footballer. Dahiru Sadri, sports
administrator. Sabo Yaro, sports administrator/politican.
Salamatu Audu, educationist/administrator. Muhammadu
Uwais, Justice (Rtd Chief Justice of Nigeria). Mathew
kukah, clergy. Rilwanu Lukman, engineer/administrator.
Nasir El-Rufia, Administrator