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Kaduna State
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Capital Kaduna
Land Area & Rank 48,473.2 sq km (5)
Year Created Feb. 3, 1976
Governor Nasir El-Rufai, APC
Deputy Gov Barnabas Bala
L.G.A 23
House of Assembly 34
Major Areas/Towns Kaduna (capital), Kafanchan, Kujama, Zaria, Kachia
Local Dialects Hausa
Motto “Liberal State”
Population 2006 Census:
Rank & Sex: 6,066,562 (3)
Male: 3,112,028
Female: 2,954,534
Contact Phone Gov. Office: 234-62-417232
SSG: 234-62-316931
Info: 234-62-246936
Liason Office Abuja Liaison Office:
Plot 38, Jose Marti Crescent
Asokoro, Abuja.
Tel/Fax: 09-3147366

Lagos Liaison Office:
Plot 1232, Bishop Oluwole St
Victoria Island, Lagos.
Tel: 0803-3118-643, 0803-3056-887
Local Government Areas
LGA Headquarter
Birnin-Gwari Birnin-Gwari
Chikun Kujama
Giwa Giwa
Igabi Turunku
Ikara Ikara
Jaba Kwoi
Jema'a Kafanchan
Kachia Kachia
Kaduna North Doka-Magajiri Gari
Kaduna South Makera Kakuri
Kagarko Kagarko
Kajuru Kajuru
Kaura Kaura
Kauru Kauru
Kubau Anchau
Kudan Hunkuyia
Lere Saminaka
Makarfi Makarfi
Sabon-Gari Sabon-Gari
Sanga Gwantu
Soba Maigana
Zango Kataf Zonkwa
Zaria Zaria
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

Arewa Hotels
24, Waff Road
P.M.B 2190, Kaduna
Tel: 234-62-213026

Aso Motels Limited
11, Waff Road
Tel: 234-62- 237389, 242108

Borno Hotel
Momoma Road
Ungwan, Sarki
Tel: 234-62-240006-7
Fax: 234-62- 240008

Fina White House Hotels Limited
N. E. 20 Bonny Road
Tel: 234-62- 240979

Hotel Flamingo
N. I. Constitution Road
Tel: 234-62- 213735, 213759

Kaduna Durbar Hotel
Independence Way
P.M.B 2218
Tel: 234-62-236100-9
Fax: 234-62-236115

Hamdala Hotel
26, Waff Road Kaduna
P.O.Box 311
Tel: 234-62-235440-8
Fax: 234-62-235449

NAF Club
Rabah Road
GRA, Kaduna
Tel: 234-62-242251, 242253
Fax: 234-62-252684

N T I Conference
2, Zaria Express Way
Riguchikun, Kadunav Tel: 234-62-237038, 211730
Fax: 234-62-211730

Kongo Conference Hotel
Old Jos Road, P.M.B 1068
Tel: 234-69-32872, 32874, 32875

Kubanni International Hotel
33, Manchester Street
G.R.A Zaria
Tel: 234-69-34443, 33135

Tourist Lodge
Isa Kaita Road
Tel: 234-62-212005
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 state.

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 military installations.
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 Polytechnic.


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.

Mineral/Natural Resources:

TEmerald (green), gold, beryl, saphires, tourmaline, zircon, diamond, iron ore, manganese, graphits, marble, glass sand and granite.

Famous Natives:

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  
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