Nasarawa State

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Nasarawa State
State
Nickname(s): Home of Solid Minerals
Location of Nasarawa State in Nigeria
Location of Nasarawa State in Nigeria
Coordinates: 8°32′N 8°18′E / 8.533°N 8.300°E / 8.533; 8.300Coordinates: 8°32′N 8°18′E / 8.533°N 8.300°E / 8.533; 8.300
Country  Nigeria
Date created 1 October 1996
Capital Lafia
Government
 • Governor[1] Umaru Tanko Al-Makura
 • Representatives List
Area
 • Total 27,117 km2 (10,470 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 • Total 2,040,097
 • Density 75/km2 (190/sq mi)
GDP (PPP)
 • Year 2007
 • Total $3.02 billion[2]
 • Per capita $1,588[2]
Time zone WAT (UTC+01)
ISO 3166 code NG-NA
Website nasarawastate.com.ng

Nasarawa State is a state in central Nigeria. Its capital is Lafia.

History[edit]

Nasarawa was created on 1 October 1996 by the Abacha government from the (today neighboring) Plateau State.[3]

Geography[edit]

Nasarawa State is bounded in the north by Kaduna State, in the west by the Abuja Federal Capital Territory, in the south by Kogi and Benue States and in the east by Taraba and Plateau States.

A network of roads exist within the state, linking all the rural areas and major towns. The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) operates train services from Kuru, Gombe and Maiduguri.

Local Government Areas[edit]

The thirteen Local Government Areas of Nasarawa State (shown with 2006 population figures[4]) are:

Nasarawa West Senatorial District 716,802 Nasarawa North Senatorial District 335,453 Nasarawa South Senatorial District 811,020
Karu 205,477 Akwanga 113,430 Awe 112,574
Keffi 92,664 Nasarawa Egon 149,129 Doma 139,607
Kokona 109,749 Wamba 72,894 Keana 79,253
Nasarawa 189,835 Lafia 330,712
Toto 119,077 Obi 148,874

Economy[edit]

Concrete block factory in Nasarawa State.

Nasarawa State has agriculture as the mainstay of its economy with the production of varieties of cash crops throughout the year. It is also contains minerals such as salt and bauxite.

Education[edit]

The state has a Federal Polytechnic in Nasarawa local Government Area of the state, College of Education in Akwanga, College of Agriculture in Lafia, Nasarawa State Polytechnic in Lafia, Nasarawa State University in Keffi,a newly established Federal University of Lafia in Lafia town, and other vocational training schools.

Tourism[edit]

Nassarawa state is home to the Farin Ruwa Falls in Wamba local Government area of the state. Farin Ruwa falls is reputed to be one of the highest falls in Africa.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ See List of Governors of Nasarawa State for a list of prior governors
  2. ^ a b "C-GIDD (Canback Global Income Distribution Database)". Canback Dangel. Retrieved 2008-08-20. 
  3. ^ Brief Data
  4. ^ 2006 Population Census, Federal Republic of Nigeria, National Bureau of Statistics. Archived from the original on 2009-03-25.
  5. ^ Dreaming of Farin Ruwa | GlobalPost

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