|Land Area & Rank
||32,247sq km (11)
||October 1, 1996
||Abdul-Aziz Yari Abubakar, APC
|House of Assembly
||Gusau (capital), Anka, Zugu, Kaura-Namoda, Talata-Marafa
||“Farming is our Pride”
Rank & Sex: 3,259,846 (21)
||Gov. Office: 234-63-201092,
SSG: 234-63-203178, 202251
Info: 234-63-202120, 202857
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|Local Government Areas
Gusau Road, Gusau
Zamfara ancient empire dates its origin to about 13th
century with powerful rulers that reigned in succession
each conveying a very flourishing social and economic
development of the empire upto the advent of the Jihadists.
With the emergence of the Jihadists the empire
automatically came under the Sokoto Caliphate. In fact the
trend was so amicable that the Jihadists made Zamfara
their training ground and subsequently established a
military cantonment at Sabon Gari; the then capital of
Zamfara empire. The smooth and cordial relationship
between Zamfara and the Jihadists cruised up to the time of
the conclusion of the Jihad. Abu Hamid from Zamfara was
among the best that was considered good to be made one
of the 14 flag bearers of the caliphate.
In 1903 when Sir Fredrick Lugard captured sokoto,
Zamfara remained a powerful separate unit with sterling
political entity. In 1967 when Nigeria was split into twelve
states; Zamfara fell under Sokoto. For administrative
convenience Sokoto was then broken down into 48 districts
of which 13 fell under Zamfara territory. All the 48
districts were under a single emirate.
In 1996, Zamfara was carved out of Sokoto State by Gen.
Sani Abacha’s administration. At creation, there was not a
single Emirate. The then Militry Governor Col. J. B.
Yakubu created five Emirate Councils in Zamfara to catch
up with other states in the region as Zamfara was the only
state that had no representation during the council of Emirs
meeting at such gatherings.
The state is a homogenous Hausa/Fulani ethnic group. In
1999, the state Government introduced Sharia legal
system; making history as the first state in Nigeria to be
governed under the Islamic legal code.
In the North is an international
border with Republic of Niger, in the Northwest is Sokoto
state, in the East is Katsina State, in the South is Kebbi and
The state has a flat land mass of 32,247 sq
km representing 4% of the Nigeria total land area with
scattered short trees.
The state has two distinct climate conditions the
dry and wet season. The dry season lasts from October -
April; while the wet season is from May-September. The
state has an average temperature of 37oc. November to
early January is very cold and dusty as a result of the
harmattan wind. Temperature could be as low as 13oc
during this period.
The state is one of the educationally
disadvantaged states. But the present government is
leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the state catches
up with her contemporaries especially in the south of the
country. The State has a total of Thirty six secondary
schools and a federal polytechnic at Kaura Namoda.
The state has the following industries: modern
bakery in Gusau, Gusau oil mill, Zamfara Textile
industries limited in Gusau, Gusau sweets factory and the
cotton gingery at Gusau. The Natives are also engaged in
cottage industries such as, weaving and selling of locally
dyed and designed materials among other woven products
often made from date-palm raffia.
Over 80 percent of the labour force is
engaged in various forms of agriculture. Major agricultural
products include: millet, guinea corn, maize, rice,
groundnut, cotton, tobacco and beans.
Kaolin and large fertile land
suitable for agriculture.
Aliyu Mohammed Gusau, army officer
rtd. Ahmed Sanni, politician. Usman Bungudu, Lawyer.
Sani Dan Aino, Musician. Ahmed Yerima, politician
(former governor 1999-2007).