Location of Katsina State in Nigeria
|Date created||23 September 1987|
| • Governor |
|Aminu Bello Masari (APC)|
|• Deputy Governor||Mannir Yakubu|
|• Total||24,192 km2 (9,341 sq mi)|
|Area rank||17th of 36|
|• Rank||5th of 36|
|• Total||$6.02 billion|
|• Per capita||$1,017|
|Time zone||UTC+01 (WAT)|
|ISO 3166 code||NG-KT|
|HDI (2016)||0.303 · 35th of 36|
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 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. The Redeemed Christian Church of God and the Roman Catholic Church are fairly present in the state.
Local Government Areas
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 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) and Isa Kaita College of Education Dutsin-Ma, located at Dutsin-ma town.
Notable people from Katsina State
- Mohammed Bello, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
- Muhammadu Buhari, Military Head of State 1983–1985, Chairman PTF and President of Nigeria since May 29, 2015
- Ibrahim Coomassie, Inspector General of Police 1993–1999
- Ummarun Dallaje was the 39th Islamic Leader of Katsina, the first Fulani emir, as well as the patriarch of the Dallazawa dynasty.
- Muhammadu Dikko, Emir of Katsina 1906–1944.
- Shehu Musa Yar'Adua, politician, major general and Military Vice President 1976–1979
- Faruk Umar Faruk CON, Current and 60th Emir of Daura
- Sani Ahmed Daura, Lagos State commissioner of police 1990, and first Governor of Yobe State 1991–1992
- Sheikh Ja'afar Mahmud Adam, Salafist Islamic scholar aligned with the Izala Society
- Lawal Musa Daura, Director General of the Nigerian State Security Service
- Habu Daura, Commissioner of Police and he was the acting Administrator of Bayelsa State, from February to June 1997
- Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, Governor of the State 1999–2007, and President of Nigeria 2007–2010
- Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem, Pan-Africanist, Oxford Rhodes Scholar and Former Deputy Director of United Nations Millennium Campaign for Africa 1961–2009
- Hamza Rafindadi Zayyad, former head of the Technical Committee on Privatization and Commercialization
- Abdulmuminu Kabir Usman, Emir of Katsina
- Isa Kaita, first northern Nigeria minister of education and speaker of the house of parliament
- Hassan Usman Katsina, Military governor of the northern region 1966–1967.
- Sani Zangon Daura, Federal Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development 1999–2000, Federal Minister of Environment 2000 – 2001
- Mohammed Tukur Liman former majority leader of the Nigerian Senate.
- Mamman Shata, a Hausa griot/musician.
- Aminu Bello Masari former speaker house of representatives 2003 to 2007 and current Governor of the State
- Mahmud Kanti Bello, Former Chief Whip of the Senate
- Muhammadu Dikko Yusufu Inspector General of Police from 1975 to 1979
- Abba Musa Rimi, Governor of Kaduna State 1980–1983
- Ibrahim Shema, Governor of Katsina State 2007–2015
- Lawal Kaita, Governor of Kaduna State 1983
- Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, sentenced to life imprisonment in the United States for attempting to bomb Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day, 2009.
- Justice Saddik Abdullahi Mahuta, former Chief Judge of Katsina State from 1991 to 2013 and the 11th Galadiman Katsina, District Head of Malumfashi.
- Magaji Mohammed, former Minister of Internal affairs, former Minister of industries and former Nigerian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
- Umaru Mutallab, business and banking veteran and also a former Minister of economic development.
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