Katsina State

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Katsina State
Nickname(s): Home of Hospitality
Location of Katsina State in Nigeria
Location of Katsina State in Nigeria
Coordinates: 12°15′N 7°30′E / 12.250°N 7.500°E / 12.250; 7.500Coordinates: 12°15′N 7°30′E / 12.250°N 7.500°E / 12.250; 7.500
Country  Nigeria
Date created 23 September 1987
Capital Katsina
 • Governor
Aminu Bello Masari (APC)
 • Total 24,192 km2 (9,341 sq mi)
Area rank 17th of 36
Population (1991 census)
 • Total 3,878,344
 • Estimate (2005) 6,483,429
 • Rank 5th of 36
 • Density 160/km2 (420/sq mi)
 • Year 2007
 • Total $6.02 billion[1]
 • Per capita $1,017[1]
Time zone WAT (UTC+01)
ISO 3166 code NG-KT
Website www.katsinastate.gov.ng

Katsina, usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria. Its capital is Katsina, and its Governor is Aminu Bello Masari, a member of the All Progressives Congress. In 1987, Katsina State was formed from part of Kaduna State.


The Hausa people (sometimes grouped with the Fulani as Hausa-Fulani) are the largest ethnic group.[2]


The state is predominantly Muslim, and Gobarau Minaret is an important building. Sharia is valid in the entire state. The Church of Nigeria has a Diocese of Katsina.[3] The Redeemed Christian Church of God and the Roman Catholic Church are fairly present in the state.[4][5]

Local Government Areas[edit]

Katsina State consists of thirty-four (34) Local Government Areas. They are:


Katsina State is a centre of both formal and informal education. Currently it has Federal College of Education, Katsina; Hassan Usman Katsina Polytechnic, Katsina; Federal University of Agriculture, Dutsinma; Katsina State University, which was renamed after the late President Umaru Musa Yar'adua University; Yusufu Bala Usman College of Legal, and General Studies, Daura and the School of Basic and Remedial Studies, Funtua(SBRS/ABU Funtua)

Notable people from Katsina State[edit]

The Emir of Katsina, Muhammad Dikko dan Gidado, and other officials, 1911