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Plateau State
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Capital Jos
Land Area & Rank 26,899 sq km (17)
Year Created Feb. 3, 1976
Governor Simon Lalong , APC
Deputy Gov Sony Tyoden
L.G.A 17
House of Assembly 24
Major Areas/Towns Jos (Capital), Langtang, Pankshin, Mangu, Shendam
Local Dialects Hausa
Motto “Home of Peace and Tourism”
Population 2006 Census:
Rank & Sex: 3,178,712 (25)
Male: 1,593,033
Female: 1,585,679
Contact Phone Gov. Office: 234-73-4617111
SSG: 234-73-462162
Info: 234-73-464386
Liason Office Abuja Liaison Office:
2, John Kadiya Close
Off Jose Marti Crescent
Asokoro, Abuja
Tel/Fax: 09- 3148156,

Lagos Liaison Office:
Plot 1234, Ahmadu Bello Way
Victoria Island
P.M.B.12737, Lagos
Tel: 01- 611009,613210
Local Government Areas
LGA Headquarter
Barkin Ladi Barkin Ladi
Bassa Bassa
Bokkos Bokkos
Jos East Angware
Jos North Josh
Jos South Bukuru
Kanam Dengi
Kanke Kwali
Langtang north Langtanag
Langtang south Mabudi
Mangu Mangu
Mikang Tunkus
Pankshin Pankshin
Quan-pan Ba'ap
Riyom Riyom
Shendam Shendam
Wase Wase
Hotels & Tourism

Important places: Kura falls, Natural satellite - dishlike rock at Fan, and unique kuta-stick at zaron, Rukuba rock, Dutse, Kura hills, Jebbu hills, Ngalachua rock, Assari rockset, Sha falls, Fusa falls, Jos wild Life Park Zoo, Jos Museum Lamingo Dam site, Tomtom water Spring, Panyam fish farm, Luham hills, Yitbang Lake, Pankshin hills, Wase rock and Assop waterfalls. The state is known for her beautiful rocks formations.

Important Events: various festivals among the ethnic groups.

Ambassador Hotel
22, Nnamdi Azikwe St
Tel: 234-73-55957

Hill Station Hotel
10, Tudun Wada Road
P.O Box 72, Jos
Tel: 234-73-455300-2

Jos Plaza Hotel
Zaria Raod, P.M.B 2170
Tel: 234-73-610381, 611382

Plateau Hotel
Rest House Road
Tudun Wada, Jos
Tel: 234-73-455740 1

Presidential Hotel
1002, Cementary Road
Tel: 234-73-55957
Plateau state derived its name from Jos Plateau. The state was created in 1976 by then Gen Murtala Muhammed administration. Plateau state is a highly heterogeneous state with over thirty ethnic groups with no single group large enough to claim majority position over others. Among the tribes are; Berom, Ngas, Taroh, Geomai and Buji. Plateau state is situated in the middle belt zone of Nigeria. The state was part of the Northern region from 1947 till 1967 when the then military administration of Gen Yakubu Gowon created Benue-Plateau State. Ten years later in 1976, Plateau state was created as a separate state from Benue-Plateau state; because of her numerous ethnic groups, it provides some of the dominant cultural traits of the nation's rich cultural heritage.

The culture of the various ethnic groups indigenous to the state are interrelated and tend to blend into one another depending heavily on the proximity of the communities. Mining activities in the state also contributed to the heavy influx of people into the state. On October 1, 1996 Nasarawa state was carved out of it. On May 24, 2004 a state of emergency was imposed on the state following ethnic and sectarian violence.

The Governor and other political apparatus were suspended and an administrator, Gen. Chris Ali a retired army general was appointed to administer the state for the duration of the suspension. On Nov. 17, 2004 the Governor was reinstated.  


In the North West is Kaduna State, in the North East is Bauchi State, in the South is Nasarawa State, and in the South East is Taraba State.


Jos Plateau has an ubiquitous and predominant geographical landscape. The state is associated with undulating highlands characterised by hills ranging from 500-1600 metres above sea level as well as artificial hillocks and mining paddocks/dumps that are found all over the state. Further, the state is characterised with picturesque landscape, hydrographical head of many rivers, some of which are fast flowing and have formed waterfalls such as Assop and Kura falls.


It has a near temperate climate with an average temperature of between 18.70 and 51.70 Fahrenheit, while the annual rainfall varies from 131.75cm in the Southern part to 146cm on the Plateau. Highest rainfall is usually recorded in July. The weather is at its coldest between the months of December and February as a result of the harmattan winds. Even though the temperature appears hotest between March and April, Plateau weather remains coolest.


The State has a Federal University, University of Jos.


A large percentage of the populations are engaged in farming and mining activities. The state lies in the richest belt of Nigeria solid mineral zone; this has provided related services within the mining industry. The state also hosts one of the nation's leading conglomerates firms; NASCO industry: makers of Nasco biscuit, Nasco carpet among others. Rock beer is also brewed in the state.


Principal agricultural produces in the state include; Potatoes, groundnut, maize, cassava, millet, rice, yam, pepper, sorghum, wheat, mangoes. Also vegetables, such as cabbages, lettuce, Tomatoes, carrots, onion, Beni and seed,

Mineral/Natural Resources:

Tin ore, Cassiterite, clay, columbite, Ilmenite, Kaolin, Granites, Zircon, Monalite, Feldspar, Topaz, Gypsum, Gemstone, Bauxite.

Famous Natives:

Solomon Lar, Politician. Domkat Bali, army Gen rtd. Yakubu Gowon, Nigeria President (1966- 1975). Fidelis Tapgun (Former Governor 1992-3). Jerry Useni, army Gen rtd, Joe Garba, diplomat. Joshua Dogoyaro, army Gen rtd. John Shagaya, army Gen rtd, Solomon Ewuga, politcian. Albert Katticms, administrator. Jassaf Madugun, army officer rtd. Damisi Sango, administrator.  
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