|Land Area & Rank
||51,000 sq. km (3)
||August 27, 1991
||Dickson Darius Ishaku , PDP
|House of Assembly
||Jalingo (capital), Sunkani, Bali, Dong, Baissa.
||“Nature's Gift to the Nation”
Rank & Sex: 2,300,736 (33)
||Gov. Office: 234-79-223382
Abuja Liaison Office:
Plot 1261, Yauri Close
Off Jere st. Off Funmilayo Ransome Kuti street, Area 3,
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
|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.
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.
Mambillla Plateau Hotel
Jalingo Road, Zing
Behind Motor Park
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
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
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).
Graphite, Magetite, Barytes,
Salt (Evaporate), Marble, laterite, Lead, zinc, Iron, Stone &
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.