Funtua

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Funtua
Ft
Ftown,
LGA and town
Nickname(s): F-Town

Motto: Huntun dutse ta Magaji mai hayakin Kurdi or Jirgi; Ka zo da arziki ka kara arziki, ka zo da tsiya ka

koma da arziki.
Funtua is located in Nigeria
Funtua
Funtua
Location in Nigeria
Coordinates: 11°32′N 7°19′E / 11.533°N 7.317°E / 11.533; 7.317Coordinates: 11°32′N 7°19′E / 11.533°N 7.317°E / 11.533; 7.317
Country  Nigeria
State Katsina State
Government
 • Chairman -Head of Local Government Administration
Area
 • Total 448 km2 (173 sq mi)
Population (2006 census)
 • Total 225,571 and 420, 110 according to 2,012 estimate
 • Ethnicities Hausa-Fulani, Yoruba, Igbo, Tiv, Igala, Ibira, Gwari and other Nigeria Ethnic groups
Time zone WAT (UTC+1)
3-digit postal code prefix 830
ISO 3166 code NG.KT.FU

Funtua is a Local Government Area in Katsina State, Nigeria. Its headquarters is in the town of Funtua on the A126 highway.

It is one of the premier local Governments in Nigeria created after the Local Governments reforms in 1976. It is the headquarters of the Katsina South senatorial district, which comprises eleven local governments: Bakori, Danja, Dandume, Faskari, Sabuwa, Kankara, Malumfashi, Kafur, Musawa, Matazu and Funtua.

Funtua has a conducive weather condition as it lies on the latitude and longitude 11°32′N and 7°19′E respectively. The city has an average temperature of 320C and humidity of 44%.

It has an area of 448 km² and a population of (225,571 at the 2006 census) and 420,110 according to 2012 estimate. census.The Chairman is the official Head of Local government. The inhabitants of the Local Government are predominantly Hausa-Fulani,Yoruba, Igbo, Tiv, Igala, Gwari, Ibira just to mention but a few by tribe. Their main occupations are Trading, farming and Animal rearing. And due to advancement, Funtua youth get involved in computing, research, transportation, civil services to mention but a few.

Moreover, It is a flourishing and Cosmopolitan settlement, which is in the southern extreme end of Katsina State. It borders with Giwa Local Government of Kaduna State to the south, Bakori to the east, Danja to the southeast, Faskari to the Northwest and Dandume to the West.

The postal code of the area is 830.[1]

The source of the Sokoto River is located near Funtua.www.funtualga.kts-ng.org

It is the second largest city after the Katsina Town while the district head, who is referred to as Sarkin Maska, is Alhaji Sambo Idris Sambo. Funtua is now requesting to create Karadua state. It is also worth noting that Late Alhaji Mamman Shata comes from Funtua, a legendary Hausa musician as well as Late Hajiya Barmani Choge.

Commerce and Industry: Funtua has been an industrial and commercial centre since colonial days, presently it houses most of industries in the state. viz: Funtua Textiles Limited, Jargaba Agric Processing Company that majored in oil mills, animal feeds etc., Northern Diaries, Funtua Burnt Bricks, Funtua Fertilizer Blending Company, West African Cotton Company, Lumus Cotton Ginnery, Integrated Flour Mills, Funtua Bottling Company, Salama Rice Mills etc.

Transport[edit]

Funtua is served by a Railway station on a branch on the western line of the national railway network and 4 major Federal Highways viz: Funtua-Birnin Gwari-Lagos Road, Funtua -Zamfara-Sokoto-Kebbi Road, Funtua-Yashe Road And Funtua-Zaria Road.

Educational Institutions[edit]

Funtua currently has Higher institutions which accommodate Students from all over the country, one is remedial school known as Ahmadu Bello University School of Basic and Remedial Studies (SBRS), Funtua, which accommodates Students from all (nineteen) 19 northern states of Nigeria, secondly a health technology school known as Muslim Community School of Health Technology, Funtua which also accommodates students from all over the country to study courses like Community Health, Environmental Health, Dental Health as well as Health Information Management, also located in Funtua which is a communal non governmental and charity based institution. Another Diploma awarding institution is Abdullahi Aminchi College of Advanced Studies Funtua which is registered to award Degree and Diploma certificates it is affiliated to ABU Zaria, Imam Saidu College of Education, which awards NCE. Also Funtua housed a popular certificate awarding institution now preparing to start awarding Diploma known as College of Administration, Funtua.

-Electricity and Water Supply- Funtua is served by 132KV transmission station of National Grid that comes from Mando receiving Station via Zaria and from there it extends to Gusau and terminates at Talata Mafara. It is important to note that the 132kv/33kv Transmission Station in Funtua is serving 9 Local Government areas out of the 11 Area Councils that make up of Funtua Senatorial District.While erratic power supply is a nationwide phenomenon, Funtua is not having such problem much because the town enjoys electricity for good 12–20 hours daily. So any interested investor can come and invest.

As for Water Supply; Funtua is blessed with 2 dams, namely; Mairuwa and Gwagwaye that served the city and some parts of Faskari and Bakori Area councils.

The 2 water bodies can be utilized for other things such as irrigation and hydro-power generation.

Also, there is A Songhai farm which is used for Trainning and cultivation of some farm products.

-Funtua Inland Container Dry Port- Following the decision of the Federal Government to decongest our seaports, 6 dry ports were established in the country by the Obasanjo administration in the 2006,in which Funtua is among the host. presently the work is in progress at the site and when completed, the dry port would provide job opportunities as well as revenue to the government.

See also[edit]

Some towns and villages in Funtua[edit]

dikke, maigamji, maska, tudun iya, gardawa, ung-hamida, gwaigwaye, dan-fili, goya, yan-randa, ung-fadi, ung-nunu, gwauruwa, rafin-dinya, kaliyawa, zamfarawa, bakin-dutse, ung-kankura, ung-kwando, cibauna, lasanawa, dukawa, ung-biri, kofar yamma, sabon gari, danlayi, ung-tofa

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Post Offices- with map of LGA". NIPOST. Retrieved 2009-10-20.