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Sokoto State
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Capital Sokoto
Land Area & Rank 26,594 sq km. (18)
Year Created February 3, 1976
Governor Aliyu Wammako, APC
Deputy Gov Mukhtari Shagari
L.G.A 23
House of Assembly 30
Major Areas/Towns Sokoto (capital), Yobo, Ilela, Guddu, Binji
Local Dialects Hausa
Motto “Seat of the Caliphate”
Population 2006 Census:
Rank & Sex: 3,696,989 (17)
Male: 1,872,059
Female: 1,824,930
Contact Phone Gov. Office: 234 60 232175,
SSG: 234 60 232376,
Info: 234 60 232714
Liason Office Abuja Liaison Office:
Plot 34, Zaria Street
By old Central Bank Building
Garki, Abuja.
Tel: 09-2348474


Lagos Liaison Office:
17, Adeola Odeku Street
Victoria Island, Lagos
Tel: 01- 2613020
Mobile: 0804 2124049
Government
Local Government Areas
LGA Headquarter
Binji Binji
Bodinga Bodinga
Dange-Shuni Danga
Gada Gada
Goronyo Goronyo
Gudu Bale
Gwadabawa Gwadabawa
Illela Illela
Isa Isa
Kebbe Kebbe
Kware Kware
Rabahe Rabah
Sabon Birni Sabon Birni
Shagari Shagari
Silame Silame
Sokoto North Sokoto
Sokoto South Sarkin Zamfara
Tambuwal Tambuwal
Tangaza Gidan Madina
Tureta Tureta
Wamakko Wamakko
Wurno Wurno
Yabo Yabo
Hotels & Tourism

Important places: Emir's palace, Uthman Dan Fodio University.

Important events: The annual turban and salah festival.

Hotels
Giginya Hotel
By Pass Road
P M B 2228
Sokoto
Tel: 234-60-231263, 231670

Sokoto Guest Inn
Kalamnbina Road
P. O. Box 431
Sokoto
Tel: 234- 60-233205, 232672

Sokoto Hotel
Gusau Road
P.M.B 2199
Sokoto
Tel: 234 60-232412, 232126

"govt"
44, Abdullahi Fodio Rd
Sokoto
Tel: 234-60-232510, 233205
In 1804 Uthman Dan Fodio a Moslem Fulani teacher attacked Sokoto and its environs in the popular Jihad war. The land that he conquered became known as the Fulani Empire. He later shared the empire between his younger brother-Abdullahi and his son-Bello. In 1809, the walls of a new town Sokoto was built and Bello made Sokoto his capital, the famous Sokoto caliphate. The Holy war (Jihad) came to an end in 1810. In 1900, the Royal Niger Company surrendered its charter and the British Government took over the area of Northern Nigeria; consequently, the caliphates fell under the British control.

In 1947 when the British partitioned the country into regions, Sokoto came under the Northern region. In 1967 following state creation by then Gen. Yakubu Gowon’s administration, Sokoto was made part of North West State. Sokoto was constituted as a state on February 3, 1976 out of the defunct North West state by then Gen. Murtala Muhammed regime. In 1991 Kebbi state was carved out; also in another state creation exercise in 1996, Zamfara state was also carved out of the state.

Sokoto state is a homogenous Hausa/Fulani ethnic society. On 29October 2006, the state witnessed one of the saddest events in the history of the state. The 19th Sultan, Mohammadu Maccido died in ADC plane crash at Abuja along with his son and grandson. Also included in the same crash, were one time the state deputy governor, two Senators of the state and other state's government officials. On November 2, 2006, an army officer, Colonel Mohammed Sa'ad Abubakar 3rd emerged as the 20th Sultan of Sokoto.   

Boundaries/Neighbours:

In the North; is an international border with Republic of Niger, in the West is Kebbi state, in the East and South is Zamfara state.

Topography:

The topography is dominated by rolling peneplain, which rises from an elevation of 300 metres to an average height of 450metres in the Southwest. The state falls between the semi-arid region and Sahel savannah.

Climate:

Two main seasons are experienced in the state (dry and wet season) the rain/wet reason is from April to October, while the dry season lasts from November to March. The weather is coldest in the months of November- February with average temperature put at 15oc. The hottest month

Education:

The state has one university- Usman Dan Fodio University. School of Nursing and Midwery. A college of education; Shehu Shagari College of Education.

Economy:

The economy is agro based. The present government is encouraging industrialisation through various incentives to both foreign and indigenous investors. The state has tomato processing firm, sugar refining firm, textile firm, Sokoto cement company; Sokoto soft drink factory and leather processing firm.

Agriculture:

More than 50 percent of the labour forces are engaged in farming. The main crops produced are; millet, guinea corn, maize, rice, beans, wheat, potatoes, groundnut, cotton, sugarcane, tobacco, fruits, vegetables, oranges, mangoes, cashew, bananas, lettuce, spinach, okra, cabbage, pawpaw and guava. There is an estimated 15 million heads of livestock- cattle, camel, sheep, goats etc making the state second largest producer of livestock after Borno State.

Mineral/Natural Resources:

kaolin

Famous Natives:

Uthman Dan Fodio, teacher/clergy. Shehu Shagari, Nigeria President (1979-1983). Mohammed Arzika, Politician. Muktar Shagari, politician. Garba Nadama, politician. Shehu Kangiwa, politician. Yayaya Abdulkarim, politician..  
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