|Land Area & Rank
||74,244 sq km (1)
||Feb. 3, 1976
||Abubakar Sani Bello, APC
||Ahmed M. Ketso
|House of Assembly
||Minna (capital), Suleja, Bida, Kontagora, Mokwa
Rank & Sex: 3,950,249 (13)
||Gov. Office: 234-66-222001
Abuja Liaison Office:
Jose Marti Crescent
Lagos Liaison Office:
Plot 1230B, Ahmadu Bello way
Victoria Island, Lagos.
Tel: 01-2611634, 4701676, 617668
|Local Government Areas
|Hotels & Tourism
Important places: places: Gwagwade moving rock,
zuma rock (The rock with human face) Gurara water falls,
Binna footprint, Ladi Kwali pottery centre, Zugurma
National Park, Nnamdi Azikwe centre at Zungeru, Baro
port at Baro, Kainji Dam, Lord Lugard Colonial ruins,
Kanji lake National park, Bosso dam and Kutigi weaving
Important Events: Ebiko fishing festival, and
Gani annual festival.
Niger House Motel
Chanchaga Paiko Road
Tel: 234-66-222128, 222797.
Shiroro International Hotel
Western By pass, Minna
Tel: 234-66-222498, 222021, 222245
63 Ibo Road, SW
Niger state derived its name from the River Niger which is
a very prominent feature of the state. The state was created
in 1976 by Gen. Murtala Mohammed administration. In
1947 the state was part of Northern region. In 1967, the
state was part of North West State with Sokoto as the
capital. At inception of the state in 1976 there were only
Eight (8) Local Government Areas. These were:
Chanchaga, Rafi, Gbako, Etswan, Abuja, Mariga, Magama
and Lavun Local Government Areas.
The state is a
hetrogenous society; with three prominent ones; Nupes,
Gwaris and Hausas. The Hausa language is a unifying
language among the people. The state has experienced a
rapid growth both in population and commercial activities
especially within Suleja and environs as a fall out of the
relocation of seat of power to the new Federal capital in
The State serves as a major Satellite town
for the large influx of people from other parts of the
country who are enaged in various construction works and
other related activities in the new federal capital territory.
The state is nicknamed 'Power state' as a result of its
prominent role in the power generation of the country. The
country's premier Dams; Kanji and Shiroro dams are
located in the state.
In the North is Zamfara State, in
the Northwest by Kebbi State, in the South by Kogi State,
in Southwest by Kwara State, in the Northeast and Southeast
are Kaduna State and Federal Capital Territory, and an
international border in the West with Republic of Benin.
A plain flat surface with isolated valleys and
hills. The Mokwa and Bida axis is adored with vast
grassland with picturesque landscape scenery. The
principal river is River Niger.
The state has two distinct seasons: dry and wet
seasons with annual rainfalls varying from 1,100mm in the
North to 1,600mm in the South. The mean maximum
temperatures, which do not exceed 40 degree, are between
March and June with the lowest minimum temperatures
usually in December and January at 15 degree. The
Seasonal variation of air temperature is constant. Duration
of wet season ranges from 150 days or more in the
southern part of the state. The dry season commences in
October and the humidity could be as low as 140 degrees
in December and February.
The state has a federal university; Federal
University of Technology at Minna, Two Polytechnics,
Two Colleges of Education, School of Nursing, School of
Midwifery, College of Agric, Air Force Training School,
Two Schools of Health Technology, College of Arts and
Islamic Studies, College of Fresh water fishery and
College of wild life management.
The state has low commercial activities but the
Government has put in place mouth watering incentives to
attract investors both local and foreign to tap the rich
agricultural and mineral resources that are in abundance in
the state. Government owned companies in the state
include; Niger state livestock company at Bosso Town,
Badeggi rice mill, Minna Pharmaceutical and Surgical
Company Limited; and Kagara Talc processing company
Agricultural produce in the state are: Rice,
Beans, Yam, Millet, Soya beans and Guinea corn.
Gold, Clay, Kaolin, Silica,
Marble, Copper, Iron, Lime stone, Tantalite, Felspar, Lead
Ladi Kwali (Mrs) Portter. Ibrahim
Babangida, Nigeria president (1985-1993). Jerry Gana,
Politician. Solomon Yisa, ambassador. Sani Bello, army
officer rtd. Abdulsalam Abubakar, Nigeria Head of State
(1998-1999). Umaru Farouk, Monarch. Abbas Bello,
Justice. Umaru Tafida, administrator. Maman Kontagora,
army Gen rtd. Gado Nasko, army Gen rtd. Jiti Kolo,
ambassador. Fati Abubakar, 1st Lady (1998-1999). M. I.
Wushishi, army officer rtd. Umaru Sanda Ndayako,
Monarch. Abubakar Wara, lawyer. Ndaji Ladan,
administrator. Dahiru Awaisu, administrator. Awwal
Ibrahim, administrator. Muhammed Inuwa, administrator.
Muhammed Agaie, administrator. Musa Wali,