Kano State

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Kano State
Flag of Kano State
Seal of Kano State
Nickname(s): Centre of Commerce
Location of Kano State in Nigeria
Location of Kano State in Nigeria
Coordinates: 11°30′N 8°30′E / 11.500°N 8.500°E / 11.500; 8.500Coordinates: 11°30′N 8°30′E / 11.500°N 8.500°E / 11.500; 8.500
Country  Nigeria
Date created May 27, 1967
Capital Kano
 • Governor[1] Dr Rabi'u Musa Kwankwaso (People's Democratic Party)
 • Senators
 • Representatives List
 • Total 20,131 km2 (7,773 sq mi)
Area rank 20th of 36
Population (2006 census)1
 • Total 9,383,682
 • Rank 1st of 36
 • Density 470/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
 • Year 2007
 • Total $12.39 billion[2]
 • Per capita $1,288[2]
Time zone WAT (UTC+01)
ISO 3166 code NG
Website kano.gov.ng
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Kano State is a state located in North-Western Nigeria and the largest State of the Nigerian Federation .[3] Created on May 27, 1967 from part of the Northern Region, Kano state borders Katsina State to the north-west, Jigawa State to the north-east, Bauchi State to the south-east and Kaduna State to the south-west. The capital of Kano State is Kano.

The state originally included Jigawa State which was made a separate state in 1991.

Economy and society[edit]

Economy and Resources Nigerian economy since the colonial times has been largely driven by export of raw materials. This was one of the aims of colonialism and even subsequent western strategies of neo-colonialism and globalization. Northern Nigeria, especially Kano, was a major producer of groundnuts. In fact Kano produced about half million tons which was about half of Nigeria’s commodities as the main source of foreign exchange and government revenue. The oil boom of the 1970s made the government to neglect agriculture. Many of the rural dweller rushed to the cities in search of “greener” pastures.

Government at the federal and state levels formulated policies for the revival of agricultural productivity and poverty alleviation, because the survival of the society was threatened, as Nigeria became an importer of food. Among these policies were the Operation Feed the Nation, Green Revolution, Better Life for Rural Women and Family Economic Advancement Programme. Agricultural practitioners have complained that they have not benefitted from previous programs, hence the present state of poverty especially in northern Nigeria. The federal Government made attempts to encourage industrialization in Nigeria though several programs and institutions such as NIDB (Nigeria Industrial Development Bank), NBCI (Nigeria Bank for Commerce and Industry) and NERFUND (National Economic Recovery Fund).

The people of Kano have been known for the “extensive initiative and perseverance”. Kano merchants have been famous in West Africa some of them were even legendary for example the late Alhaji Alhassan Dantata who was the wealthiest Nigerian at the time he died. Alhaji Aliko Dangote one of the wealthiest African industrialists is a great-grandson of the late Alhaji Alhassan Dantata. Kano businessmen, including Dantata pioneered the first textile industry in Nigeria the Gwammaja Textiles established by the Kano Citizens Trading Company. It should be noted that even the pre-colonial period, Kano “was probably Nigeria’s most celebrated textile exporting center.”

Kano’s products were in high demand even in North Africa and it was rightly observed by Professor Elizabeth Isichei in her book A History of Nigeria that: Almost as far as the Nile, and certainly in Southern Morocco, the blue haiques and burnouse of semi-Arab and Moorish tribes are the products of craftsmen in Kano and Sokoto, and this ‘country cloth’ as it is called, is worth much more along the coast than any turned out in Manchester.

Private investors established most of the industries in Kano. The regional government, during the first republic, established no industry in Kano as it did in Kaduna and Sokoto, which hosted the textile and cement industries respectively. The Federal Government established only one industry in Kano, the National Truck Manufacturers (NTM), a commercial vehicle assembly plant that was never viable because of its precarious foundation and it was closed and later privatized. But in Kaduna, the federal government established a fertilizer plant, a motor assembly plant and a refinery. The last two are all functioning and the refinery is perhaps the most important industry in northern Nigeria.

Most of the industries established in Nigeria during the oil boom era were import substitution-based and with the fall in prices, the value of naira crashed, most of them collapsed because they relied on imported raw materials. The worst affected were those in the North especially Kano. This is because, the transportation cost from Lagos to Kano skyrocketed. Hence, they could not compete with those in Lagos or Otta and since there is no railway, it will be difficult to restore such establishments. Energy supply to Kano has also remained epileptic. The cost of diesel, which is used by generators, has also skyrocketed, especially in Kano. These and other reasons made many factories to close and render their workers unemployed.

AGRICULTURE Agriculture is one of the most important pillars of the State’s economy with about 75% of the total working population engaged directly or indirectly in this activity. The principal food crops cultivated in abundance are Millet, Cowpeas, Sorghum, Maize and Rice for local consumption while Groundnuts and Cotton are produced for export and industrial purposes. During the colonial period and several years after the country’s independence, the groundnuts produced in the state constituted one of the major revenue sources of the country. Kano State is a major producer of Hides and Skins with over 80% of the tanneries located in the industrial estates of the state producing high quality tanned leather ranked among the best in the world, which are exported. Some of the exportable commodities grown in Kano State include Sesame, Soya Beans, Cotton, Garlic, Gum Arabic an Chilli Pepper. Most of these commodities are available at Dawanau Market about 13 km from the Kano city center. Kano State contributes over 20% of Nigeria’s non-oil export revenue.

COMMERCE Commercial activities in Kano received its first encouragement with the establishment of Kurmi market by the Emir of Kano Muhammadu Rumfa in the 16th Century CE. Subsequent leaders made contributions to the emergence of Kano as a leading commercial center in the Sudanic Africa. For example, the first two Emirs of Kano, Ibrahim Dado and Sulaimanu in the 19th century encouraged traders to move from Katsina because of Maradi raid. This was one of major contributing factors that made Kano the richest province in the Sokoto Caliphate. The Jihad leaders of the caliphate encouraged Kolanut trade and kano was the greatest beneficiary with an annual turnover of about $30 million. Kano merchants were also very innovative and they were able to integrate commerce and craft industry during the pre-colonial period this contributed to the prosperity of the province. Kano was producing an estimated 10 million pairs of sandals during that period because of an estimated 10 million pairs of sandals during that period because of economic harmony. Emir of Kano Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi (1953 – 1963) established the Bompai Industrial Estate which was the first of its kind in the state through a loan guaranty that was later used against him by the Northern Regional Government.

Kano State is most important and largest commercial center in Northern Nigeria. With about 10 million people, it provides a stable and continues market for both manufactured and semi-processed goods. The volume of trading activities conducted on daily basis in the markets, notably Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi (Sabon –Gari), Kwanar Singer, Kantin Kwari, Kurmi and Dawanau markets signify the state’s great potentials as a market for various products.

In addition to the large and unique markets, Kano is also blessed with plentiful and various kinds of agricultural products which provide huge raw materials for Agro-Allied industries. Agricultural products like Maize, Guinea Corn, Rice, Cotton and Groundnuts are readily available to serve as raw materials for oil milling, flour and textile industries. Other agro based raw materials are Gum Arabic, Livestock, Hides and Skin, Cowpeas and Citrus fruits.

Similarly, the second Export Processing Zone (EPZ) in the country has been approved by the federal government and the state government is making efforts for its actualization. It is expected to provide additional impetus to both local and foreign investors. Furthermore, the state is one of the three states in the Northern part of the country that serve as a dry port and Inland Container Depot (ICD) for import/export activities of the hinterland shippers.

The impressive infrastructural facilities such as the Malam Aminu International Airport road and Railway links to other parts of the country as well as the excellent road network within the state provide unique opportunities for the steady growth of commercial activities. There are over 100 branches of commercial banks. Similarly, there are several branches of insurance companies and brokerage firms making Kano the leading financial center of Northern Nigeria.

The Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Cooperatives is charged with the responsibility of registration, supervision, inspection and auditing of all types of Cooperative Societies in the state. The Ministry also conducts public enlightenment programs to sensitize the public on the advantages of cooperative organizations.

INDUSTRIALIZATION Kano State is the second largest industrial center in Nigeria and the largest in the Northern Nigeria. There are at present over 400 privately owned medium and small scale industries in the state producing various items, such as textile materials, tanned leather, foot wears, cosmetics, plastics, enamel ware, pharmaceuticals, ceramics, furniture and bicycles. Others include agricultural implements, soft drinks, food and beverages, dairy products, vegetable oil, animal feeds etc. The strategy put in place by the State Government to boost the growth of industries was to provide large industrial areas such as Sharada industrial areas (Phase I, II, and III) the Challawa Industrial Area and Tokarawa Industrial layout. More of such industrial estates are being envisaged in the very near future.

TOURSIM Kano is blessed with abundant tourism resources which include historical monuments and sites, as well as unique places of great interest, such as Kurmi market established in the 15th century is in the heart of Kano City, the centuries-old city wall with some of its gates still standing. The Gidan Rumfa (Emir’s Palace) is the oldest and largest traditional palace in Nigeria. It is the oldest continuous sit of the authority in Nigeria. It was established by Sarkin Kano Muhammadu Rumfa (1463 – 1499) and its has been in continuous use since that time. Although the Sarki’s authority has been transformed to community leadership, his influence is still profound and everyday common people seek solace in his leadership for his intervention in some of their predicaments.http://kano.gov.ng/new/index.php/2012-02-28-03-51-05/ecosoc

Kano's once booming manufacturing sector has been stagnant over the last 15 years. Largely due to volatile power supply. Plans are being considered to build a Nuclear Power Station in the North-Eastern region of Nigeria. The plant is to be fueled from Uranium mined in neighbouring Gombe state and supplied over a rail network.

Local Government Areas[edit]

The state is home to 44 Local Government Areas (LGAs):

LGA Name Area (km2) Census 2006
Administrative capital Postal
Fagge 21 198,828 Waje 700
Dala 19 418,777 Gwamaja 700
Gwale 18 362,059 Gwale 700
Kano Municipal 17 365,525 Kofar Kudu 700
Tarauni 28 221,367 Unguwa Uku 700
Nassarawa 34 596,669 Bompai 700
Kumbotso 158 295,979 Kumbotso 700
Ungogo 204 369,657 Ungogo 700
Kano Metropolitan Area 499 2,828,861 700
Dawakin Tofa 479 247,875 Dawakin Tofa 701
Tofa 202 97,734 Tofa 701
Rimin Gado 225 104,790 Rimin Gado 701
Bagwai 405 162,847 Bagwai 701
Gezawa 340 282,069 Gezawa 702
Gabasawa 605 211,055 Zakirai 702
Minjibir 416 213,794 Minjibir 702
Dambatta 732 207,968 Dambatta 702
Makoda 441 222,399 Makoda 702
Kunchi 671 111,018 Kunchi 703
Bichi 612 277,099 Bichi 703
Tsanyawa 492 157,680 Tsanyawa 703
Shanono 697 140,607 Shanono 704
Gwarzo 393 183,987 Gwarzo 704
Karaye 479 141,407 Karaye 704
Rogo 802 227,742 Rogo 704
Kabo 341 153,828 Kabo 704
Northern Kano State 8,332 3,143,899 701 to 704
Bunkure 487 170,891 Bunkure 710
Kibiya 404 136,736 Kibiya 710
Rano 520 145,439 Rano 710
Tudun Wada 1,204 231,742 Tudun Wada 710
Doguwa 1,473 151,181 Riruwai 710
Madobi 273 136,623 Madobi 711
Kura 206 144,601 Kura 711
Garun Mallam 214 116,494 Garun Mallam 711
Bebeji 717 188,859 Bebeji 711
Kiru 927 264,781 Kiru 711
Sumaila 1,250 253,661 Sumaila 712
Garko 450 162,500 Garko 712
Takai 598 202,743 Takai 712
Albasu 398 190,153 Albasu 712
Gaya 613 201,016 Gaya 713
Ajingi 714 174,137 Ajingi 713
Wudil 362 185,189 Wudil 713
Warawa 360 128,787 Warawa 713
Dawakin Kudu 384 225,389 Dawakin Kudu 713
Southern Kano State 11,554 3,410,922 710 to 713


The official language of Kano State is English but the Hausa language is commonly spoken. Ibrahim Ado-Kurawa (2003). "Brief History of Kano 999 to 2003". http://www.kanostate.net/. Kano State Government Nigeria. Retrieved 2009-12-07. 


According to the 2006 census figures from Nigeria Kano State had a population totaling 9,383,682. The credibility of the census has been disputed most noticeably by Gani Fawehinmi – a Lagos-based advocate and activist. The Attorney-General of Kano State, Maliki Kuliya Umar, had filed a complaint before the Census Tribual alleging that the figure released by the commission was inaccurate. He contended that Kano’s population should have been 12,257,350 as against the figure released by the commission.

Officially, Kano State is the most populous state in the country.[3] The state is mostly populated by Hausa people.[4]

See also[edit]


"Commercial Agriculture Development Project (CADP)". 2010. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 

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