|Nickname(s): Jewel of Excellence|
Location of Gombe State in Nigeria
|Date created||1 October 1996|
| • Governor
|Ibrahim Dankwambo (PDP)|
|• Total||18,768 km2 (7,246 sq mi)|
|Area rank||21st of 36|
|Population (2006 census)1|
|• Rank||33rd of 36|
|• Density||130/km2 (320/sq mi)|
|• Total||$2.50 billion|
|• Per capita||$1,036|
|Time zone||WAT (UTC+01)|
|ISO 3166 code||NG-GO|
|^1 Preliminary results|
Gombe State, located in the northeastern part of Nigeria, is one of the country's 36 states; its capital is Gombe. The boundaries of the state roughly correspond to those of the Tangale-Waja Chiefdom and Gombe Emirate, a traditional state.
The State, nicknamed the Jewel of Excellence, was formed in October 1996 from part of the old Bauchi State by the Abacha military government. Being it located in the north eastern zone, right within the expansive savannah allows the state to share common borders with the states of Borno, Yobe, Taraba, Adamawa and Bauchi. The state has an area of 20,265 km² and a population of around 2,353,000 people as of 2006. Gombe has two distinct climates, the dry season (November–March) and the rainy season (April–October) with an average rainfall of 850mm. The State is headed by the Executive Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo and also have 24 State House Assembly members. Gombe has 11 Local Government Areas and 14 Emirates /chiefdoms. It has 3 Senators and 6 Members in the National Assembly.
Gombe is divided into eleven Local Government Areas. They are:
|LGA||Area (km2)||Census 2006
Gombe State is mainly populated by Fulani, constituting more than half of the state population and other minor ethnic groups like Bolewa, Hausa, Kanuri, Tera, Tangale, Waja to mention a few.
- "C-GIDD (Canback Global Income Distribution Database)". Canback Dangel. Retrieved 2008-08-20.
- "Nigerian Population 2006". NigerianNews. Retrieved 2007-05-09.[dead link]