Gombe State

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Gombe State
Nickname(s): Jewel of the Savannah
Location of Gombe State in Nigeria
Location of Gombe State in Nigeria
Coordinates: 10°15′N 11°10′E / 10.250°N 11.167°E / 10.250; 11.167Coordinates: 10°15′N 11°10′E / 10.250°N 11.167°E / 10.250; 11.167
Country  Nigeria
Date created 1 October 1996
Capital Gombe
 • Governor
Ibrahim Dankwambo (PDP)
 • Deputy Governor Tha'anda Jason Rubainu
 • Total 18,768 km2 (7,246 sq mi)
Area rank 21st of 36
Population (2006 census)1
 • Total 2,353,000
 • Rank 33rd of 36
 • Density 130/km2 (320/sq mi)
 • Year 2007
 • Total $2.50 billion[1]
 • Per capita $1,036[1]
Time zone WAT (UTC+01)
ISO 3166 code NG-GO
Website http://www.gombestate.gov.ng/
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Gombe, usually referred to as Gombe State to distinguish it from the city of Gombe, is 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.[2] 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.

Local Government Areas[edit]

Gombe State consists of eleven (11) Local Government Areas. They are:

LGA Area (km2) Census 2006
Administrative capital Postal
Akko 2,627 337,853 Kumo 771
Balanga 1,626 212,549 Tallase 761
Billiri 737 202,144 Billiri 771
Dukku 3,815 207,190 Dukku 760
Funakaye 1,415 236,087 Bajoga 762
Gombe 52 268,000 Gombe (city) 760
Kaltungo 881 149,805 Kaltungo 770
Kwami 1,787 195,298 Mallam Sidi 760
Nafada 1,586 138,185 Nafada 762
Shongom 922 151,520 Boh 770
Yamaltu/Deba 1,981 255,248 Deba Habe 761

Demographic Composition[edit]

Gombe State is a multi-ethnic society which comprises a dominant Fulani tribe, that inhabits the Gombe Emirate part of the State and other ethnicities with their different cultural as well as lingual affiliations. The second largest ethnic group is the Tera which occupies greater part of Yamaltu Deba Local Government. Gombe State is also blessed with some minority ethnic group among others Bolewa, Kanuri, Dadiya, Waja and Tangale groups which occupy a sizeable part of some remote areas of the state. The state capital, of Gombe, is a reflection of the homogeniety of the state.


  1. ^ a b "C-GIDD (Canback Global Income Distribution Database)". Canback Dangel. Retrieved 2008-08-20. 
  2. ^ "Nigerian Population 2006". NigerianNews. Retrieved 2007-05-09. [dead link]