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Niger State
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Capital Minna
Land Area & Rank 74,244 sq km (1)
Year Created Feb. 3, 1976
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, APC
Deputy Gov Ahmed M. Ketso
L.G.A 25
House of Assembly 27
Major Areas/Towns Minna (capital), Suleja, Bida, Kontagora, Mokwa
Local Dialects Hausa
Motto “Power State”
Population 2006 Census:
Rank & Sex: 3,950,249 (13)
Male: 2,032,725
Female: 1,917,524
Contact Phone Gov. Office: 234-66-222001
SSG: 234-66-222532
Info: 234-66-220126
Liason Office Abuja Liaison Office:
Jose Marti Crescent
Asokoro, Abuja
Tel: 09-3145365

Lagos Liaison Office:
Plot 1230B, Ahmadu Bello way
Victoria Island, Lagos.
Tel: 01-2611634, 4701676, 617668
Local Government Areas
LGA Headquarter
Agaie Agaie
Agwara Agwara
Bida Bida
Borgu New Bussa
Bossoo Bosso Maikunkele
Edati Enagi
Gbako Lemu
Gurara Gawu Babangida
Katcha Katcha
Kontagora Kontagora
Lapai Lapai
Lavun Kutigi
Magama Nasko
Mariga Bangi
Mashegu Mashegu
Minna Minna
Mokwa Mokwa
Munya Sarkin Pawa
Paikoro Paiko
Rafi Kagara
Rijau Rijau
Shiroro Kuta
Suleja Suleja
Tafai Sabon-Wuse
Sabon-Wuse Sabon-Wuse
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 centre.

Important Events: Ebiko fishing festival, and Gani annual festival.

Niger House Motel
Chanchaga Paiko Road
P.O.Box 108
Tel: 234-66-222128, 222797.

Shiroro International Hotel
Western By pass, Minna
Tel: 234-66-222498, 222021, 222245

Premier Hotel
63 Ibo Road, SW
Tel: 234-66-221659
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 December 1991.

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 limited.


Agricultural produce in the state are: Rice, Beans, Yam, Millet, Soya beans and Guinea corn.

Mineral/Natural Resources:

Gold, Clay, Kaolin, Silica, Marble, Copper, Iron, Lime stone, Tantalite, Felspar, Lead and Kyanites.

Famous Natives:

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, administrator.  
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