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Taraba State
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Capital Jalingo
Land Area & Rank 51,000 sq. km (3)
Year Created August 27, 1991
Governor Dickson Darius Ishaku , PDP
Deputy Gov Haruna Manu
L.G.A 16
House of Assembly 24
Major Areas/Towns Jalingo (capital), Sunkani, Bali, Dong, Baissa.
Local Dialects Hausa, others.
Motto “Nature's Gift to the Nation”
Population 2006 Census:
Rank & Sex: 2,300,736 (33)
Male: 1,199,849
Contact Phone Gov. Office: 234-79-223382
SSG: 234-79-223230
Info: 234-79-222050
Email: nyame@beta.linkserve.com
Liason Office Abuja Liaison Office:
Plot 1261, Yauri Close
Off Jere st. Off Funmilayo Ransome Kuti street, Area 3,
Garki, Abuja
Tel/Fax: 09- 3148184

Lagos Liaison Office :
Plot 1227, Bishop Oluwole Street
P.M.B.12009, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Tel: 01- 2613223, 2613233, 619705
Local Government Areas
LGA Headquarter
Ardo-kola Sunkani
Bali Bali
Donga Donga
Gashakao Serti
Gassol Mutum-Biu
Ibi Ibi
Jalingo Jalingo
Karim-Lamido Karim-Lamido
Kurmi Baissa
Lau Lau
Sardauna Gembu
Takum Takum
Ussa Lissam
Wukari Wukari
Yorro Pantisawa
Zing Zing
Hotels & Tourism

Important places: Mambilla plateau with lush green vegetation hosting over four million (4,000,000) heads of cattle. Gashaka-Gumbi national park with an area of 6,411 sq km with it’s four rivers, contains the most diverse species of animals in Nigeria. The bitako hills and Donkin Plateau in Zing Local government area, Marmara pond with crocodiles and white fowls, rock formation at kpambo and early missionary post and their grave sites.

Important Events: Kati festival (new yam festival) by mambilla from November to December, Purma festival by Takum and Wukari Local Government Area, Nwonyo fishing festival at Ibi, Asannu (Fertility, womanhood and good rainfall) festival.

Jalingo Motel
G.R.A Road

Mambillla Plateau Hotel

Paramount Hotel
Jalingo Road, Zing

Taraba Hotel
Behind Motor Park
Nguoje, Jalingo

Duala Hotel
Ahmadu Bello Way
“Nature's gift to the Nation” Taraba State, was created in 1991 by Gen. Ibrahim Babangida’s administration. It was carved out of the defunct Gongola State; now Adamawa State; this is in fulfillment of the long nurtured aspiration of the different ethnic groups that inhabit the area. At inception the state had nine local governments: Bali, Gaska, Jalingo, Karim, Lamido, Lau, Sardauna, Takum, Wukari and Zing. This number has since been increased to sixteen following successive adjustments in September 1991 when three additional local governments: Yorro, Donga and Ibi were created and in October 1996; when four more: Ardo-kola, Gassol, Kurmi and Ussa local governments were also created by Gen. Sani Abacha’s administration.

Taraba State is heterogenous in ethnic composition. Twenty-six ethnic groups can be identified in the state; each with her rich and diverse historical and cultural heritage, though the various ethnic groups have their distinct dialects, Hausa is widely spoken throughout the state.  


In the North-East is Adamawa, Bauchi and Gombe States, in the West is Plateau, Nasarawa and Benue States; and an international border in the South with Republic of Cameroun.


The Mambilla Plateau is the prominent feature, unique for its undulating hills, lush green vegetation. The vegetation consists mainly of forest and tall grasses in the Southern part of the state and interspersed by short trees in the north. The Mambilla Plateau has the type of vegetation found in temperate regions with scattered short trees.


Is marked by dry and rain seasons. The rain season commences in April, and lasts till October. While the dry season lasts from November to March. The average rainfall is 1.350mm. The Harmattan; dry, cold and dusty wind is the driest period and occurs from the months of December to February with humidity put at 13%.


The state has 148 secondary schools, out of which 30 are privately owned. General enrollment of student in government school stands at 51,162. The state also has five post secondary institutions. These are; College of Education; Jalingo, College of Agriculture- Jalingo, State Polytechnic at Wukari, School of Health Technology at Takowi, and School of Nursing and Midwifery at Jalingo.


About three quarters of the state's population are farmer while only an estimated 30% are involved in other vocations; as in white-collar jobs, art and crafts, and fishing. The state is pursuing industrialisation. Prominent industries are; the Baissa Timber Company at Kurmi Local government, Taraba Tomato industry at Lau, Wukari flour mills at Wukari, Taraba Gas Company, Nigerian Beverages production company, makers of highland tea and a sugar company at Lau.


Agricultural produce in the state includes; sugar cane, groundnuts, rice, beans, coffee, milk, millet, maize, guinea corn, cotton, cowpea, potatoes, yam, bananas, beni-seed and livestock (cattle, sheep, goats, horse, donkeys, pigs and poultry products).

Mineral/Natural Resources:

Graphite, Magetite, Barytes, Salt (Evaporate), Marble, laterite, Lead, zinc, Iron, Stone & Galano.

Famous Natives:

Theophleous Danjuma, army general rtd. Sunday Dankaro, Sport administrator. Dara Dankaro, Banker. Tumba Ibrahim, administrator. Sa'ad Abubakar, ambassador. Idris Danjuma, diplomat. Mohammed Shata, politician. James Umaru, diplomat. Emmanuel Njuwa, ambassador. Salome Jankada (Mrs), politician. Josephine Tuktur, Justice. Zainab Esther Mohammed, administrator. Batutu Sulieman (Mrs), administrator. Bathseba Riki, Justice. Aaron Artimas, administrator. Yakubu Umar, footballer. Danjuma Sampati, businessman. Ahmadu Chanchangi, airline operator. Shekarau Angyu, Monarch. Asabe Maiangwa (Ms), administrator. 
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