Niger State

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Not to be confused with Niger.
Niger State
Gurara Falls, a waterfall along the Gurara River in Niger State
Gurara Falls, a waterfall along the Gurara River in Niger State
Nickname(s): The Power State
Location of Niger State in Nigeria
Location of Niger State in Nigeria
Coordinates: 10°00′N 6°00′E / 10.000°N 6.000°E / 10.000; 6.000Coordinates: 10°00′N 6°00′E / 10.000°N 6.000°E / 10.000; 6.000
Country  Nigeria
Date created 3 February 1976
Capital Minna
 • Governor
Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu (PDP)
 • Total 76,363 km2 (29,484 sq mi)
Area rank 1st of 36
Population (2006)
 • Total 3,950,249
 • Rank 18th of 36
 • Density 52/km2 (130/sq mi)
 • Year 2007
 • Total $6.00 billion[1]
 • Per capita $1,480[1]
Time zone WAT (UTC+01)
ISO 3166 code NG-NI

Niger State is a state in north-central Nigeria and the largest state in the country. The state capital is Minna, and other major cities are Bida, Kontagora, and Suleja. It was formed in 1976 when the then North-Western State was bifurcated into Niger State and Sokoto State.

The state is named for the River Niger. Two of Nigeria's major hydroelectric power stations, the Kainji Dam and the Shiroro Dam, are located in Niger State, The famous Gurara Falls is in Niger State, although there is dispute in some sections, some arguing the fall entered Abuja Landmark while others maintain it is strictly in Niger State; also situated there is Kainji National Park, the largest National Park of Nigeria, which contains Kainji Lake, the Borgu Game Reserve and the Zugurma Game Reserve.[2]


Like the majority of Nigerian states, it is governed by a Governor and a House of Assembly. Under the administration of Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu on 13 January 2007, the state has adopted sharia law as the code of law.

Local Government Areas[edit]

Niger State consists of twenty-five (25) Local Government Areas. They are:


  1. ^ a b "C-GIDD (Canback Global Income Distribution Database)". Canback Dangel. Retrieved 2008-08-20. 
  2. ^ "Kainji Lake National Park". United Nations Environment Programme: World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Retrieved 2010-10-21. 

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