Katsina State

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Katsina State
État de Katsina
Flag of 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)
 • Deputy Governor Mannir Yakubu
 • Senators
 • Total 24,192 km2 (9,341 sq mi)
Area rank 17th of 36
Population (2006 census)
 • Total 5,801,584[1]
 • Rank 5th of 36
 • Year 2007
 • Total $6.02 billion[2]
 • Per capita $1,017[2]
Time zone UTC+01 (WAT)
ISO 3166 code NG-KT
Website Official website

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. Katsina State was carved out of old Kaduna State in 1987.


The Hausa people (sometimes grouped with the Fulani as Hausa-Fulani) are the largest ethnic group.[3]


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.[4] The Redeemed Christian Church of God and the Roman Catholic Church are fairly present in the state.[5][6]

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, Dutsin-Ma; Katsina State University, which was renamed after the late President Umaru Musa Yar'adua University; AlQalam University Katsina; Yusufu Bala Usman College of Legal, and General Studies, Daura and the School of Basic and Remedial Studies, Funtua(SBRS/ABU Funtua) Also Isa Kaita College of Education Dutsin-Ma. located at Dutsin-ma town

Notable people from Katsina State[edit]

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


  1. ^ "2006 PHC Priority Tables – NATIONAL POPULATION COMMISSION". population.gov.ng. Retrieved 2017-10-10.
  2. ^ a b "C-GIDD (Canback Global Income Distribution Database)". Canback Dangel. Retrieved 2008-08-20.
  3. ^ Nkromah, Gamal. "Nigeria fastened with nails". Al-Ahram Weekly Online. Al-Ahram Weekly. Archived from the original on 2007-05-04. Retrieved 2007-04-24.
  4. ^ [1] Archived January 11, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-08. Retrieved 2011-08-22.
  6. ^ "Two churches destroyed in Bauchi State, Nigeria". Retrieved 22 May 2017.