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Kebbi State
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Capital Birnin Kebbi
Land Area & Rank 36,229 sq km (9)
Year Created August 27, 1991
Governor Atiku Bagudu, APC
Deputy Gov Samaila Yombe
L.G.A 21
House of Assembly 24
Major Areas/Towns Birnin Kebbi (capital), Argungu, Kamba, Zuru, Jega, Yauri
Local Dialects Hausa, Fulani, Dakarkari.
Motto “Land of Equity”
Population 2006 Census:
Rank & Sex: 3,238,628 (23)
Male: 1,617,498
Female: 1,621,130
Contact Phone Gov. Office: 234-68-320097
SSG: 234-68-321860
Info: 234-68-320184
Liason Office Abuja Liaison Office:
Plot 1510, T.Y. Danjuma St
P.M.B. 7009, Abuja.
Tel: 09-3146749

Lagos Liaison Office:
3, Adeola Odeku Street,
P.M.B. 72721
Victoria Island, Lagos.
Tel: 01-616001
Local Government Areas
LGA Headquarter
Aliero Aliero
Arewa Kangiwa
Argungu Argungu
Augie Augie
Bagudo Bagudo
Birnin Kebbi Birnin Kebbi
Bunza Bunza
Dandi Kamba
Danko/Wasagu Ribah
Fatai Mahuta
Gwandu Gwandu
Jega Jega
Kalgo Kalgo
Maiyama Maiyama
Ngaski Warah
Sakaba Dirin Daji
Shanga Shanga
Suru Dakiri Gari
Yauri Yauri
Zuru Zuru
Hotels & Tourism

Important places: The tomb of late famous scholar and brother to Usman Danfodio, Sheikh Abdullahi of Gwandu, The battle fields of some of the famous Jihad wars, the Girmace Shrine in Zuru, forest reserves for games hunting.

Important Events: Argungu International fishing and Cultural Festival, the Uhola festival by Dakarkari people to mark the harvest season.

Catering Rest House
Birnin Kebbi

State Hotel and Guest House
Birnin Kebbi
Kebbi state has a very rich historical background both in relation to the Hausa states and the Sokoto Caliphate. Before the emergence of Sokoto Caliphate, most of the areas comprising Kebbi state were dominated by the powerful Kebbi kingdom which was carved out of the old Songhai Empire by the legendary warrior Muhammadu Kotal Kanta, and Yauri and Zuru confederation.

Following the conquest of the Kingdom and the subsequent establishment of the Sokoto caliphate in the early part of the 19th century, the area became the South Western part of the caliphate which was ruled by Malam Abdullahi Gwandu, the brother of Usman Danfodio. As a result of the colonial conquest of Sokoto caliphate, the area became part of the protectorate of northern Nigeria in the early part of the 20th century.

After independence and following the various states creation exercises, the area was first a part of North Western State from 1967-1976, then part of Sokoto state from 1976 - 1991. Kebbi state was created in 1991 with headquarters in Birnin-Kebbi. Today, the state comprises the Emirates of Gwandu, Argungu, Yauri and Zuru. Kebbi state like many states of the Federation has a diverse ethnic group. However the major ones are: Hausa, Fulani, Dakarkari, kambari and Zabarmawa amongst other smaller ones.  


In the West is Niger state and Republic of Benin, on the North-East is Sokoto state, in the East is Zamfara state and in the South is Niger state.


Undulating Land surface with mountains. The vegetation is broadly classified into three main savannah; The Northern Guinea. This occupies the South Eastern part of the state. The Sudan savannah which is found in the middle belt of the state and the Sahel Shrub found in the extreme north of the state. The major river is River Niger.


The state has two dominant seasons. The wet and dry seasons. The wet season lasts from April to October, while the dry season lasts from November to March. The rain is heaviest in July and August. The hottest months are from March to April, while the coldest is from November to early February as a result of Harmattan wind. The mean temperature is about 230C. The two extreme temperatures are 150C during the harmattan cold; from December to February and 380C from Late February to late March


The state has a Federal College of Agriculture, Federal Technical College, and Kebbi State Science School among others.


Agriculture is the major employer of labour outside the Government, mostly among the rural dwellers.


Produce includes: rice, guinea corn, millet, maize, groundnut, soya beans, beniseed, cotton, cassava, yam, sweet potatoes, onions, tomatoes, mango, carrot, guava, pepper, locust beans, wheat, sugar cane and kenaf. Animal husbandary: Cattle, sheep, goats, donkeys, camels, rabbits, pigs, horses, poultry products, and fish.

Mineral/Natural Resources:

Kaolin, Iron ore, Gold, Salt, and navigable water of river Niger and Rina.

Famous Natives:

Hailu Mohammed, Politician. Bello Kaliel, army officer. Sani Sami, monarch (Emir of Zuru). Ishaya Bamaiyi, army officer rtd. Musa Bamaiyi, army officer rtd. Bello Gwandu, businessman. Abubakar Musa Argungu, administrator. Kabiu Alkali Argungu, businessman. Bala Sakaba, administrator. Abubakar Bunu, administrator. Umaru Argungu, politician. Buhari Bala, administrator. Mohammadu Ambursa, diplomat. Sani Kangiwa, diplomat. Saidu Samaila, administrator Sani Aliyu Dan Dawa, musician. Yakubu Kwari, diplomat. Amos Adamu, sport administrator. Aliyu Yelwa, administrator. Mohammadu Mogoro, army officer rtd. Samuel Ango, administrator. Dauda Komo, army officer rtd. Aishatu Gwandu (Mrs), administrator. Shehu Randali, investment administrator.  
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