Nasarawa State

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Seal of Nasarawa State
Location of Nasarawa State in Nigeria
Location of Nasarawa State in Nigeria
Coordinates: 8°32′N 8°18′E / 8.533°N 8.300°E / 8.533; 8.300Coordinates: 8°32′N 8°18′E / 8.533°N 8.300°E / 8.533; 8.300
Country Nigeria
Date created1 October 1996
 • BodyGovernment of Nasarawa State
 • Governor[2]Abdullahi Sule (APC)
 • Deputy GovernorEmmanuel Akabe (APC)
 • LegislatureNasarawa State House of Assembly
 • SenatorsN: Godiya Akwashiki (APC)
S: Umaru Tanko Al-Makura (APC)
W: Abdullahi Adamu (APC)
 • RepresentativesList
 • Total27,117 km2 (10,470 sq mi)
 • Total1,869,377[1]
 • Year2007
 • Total$3.02 billion[3]
 • Per capita$1,588[3]
Time zoneUTC+01 (WAT)
ISO 3166 codeNG-NA
HDI (2018)0.574[4]
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Nasarawa is a state in north central geopolitical zone in Nigeria. Its capital is Lafia.


Nasarawa was created on 1 October 1996 by the Abacha government from the today neighboring Plateau State.


Nasarawa State is bounded in the north by Kaduna State, in the west by the Federal Capital Territory, in the south by Kogi and Benue States and in the east by Taraba and Plateau States.

A network of roads exist within the state, linking all rural areas and major towns. The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) operates train services from Kuru, Gombe and Maiduguri.


See also: list of governors of Nasarawa State

The Governor of Nasarawa State is the executive. The state legislature, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, is located in Lafia.

Local Government Areas[edit]

The State has three National Senatorial Districts (South, North and West).

Nasarawa State consists of thirteen (13) Local Government Areas (shown with 2006 population figures[5]):

Nasarawa West Senatorial District 716,802
Karu 205,477
Keffi 92,664
Kokona 109,749
Nasarawa 189,835
Toto 119,077
Nasarawa North Senatorial District 335,453
Akwanga 113,430
Eggon 149,129
Wamba 72,894
Nasarawa South Senatorial District 811,020
Awe 112,574
Doma 139,607
Keana 79,253
Lafia 330,712
Obi 148,874

List of current Local Government Area Chairmen.[6]


Languages of Nasarawa State listed by LGA:[7]

LGA Languages
Akwanga Duhwa; Eggon; Fulani; Gwandara; Hausa; Mada; Mama; Ninzo; Numana; Nungu
Awe Hausa; Fulani; Gwandara; Eggon; Goemai; Lijili; Tiv; Wapan
Doma Alago; Eggon; Tiv; Agatu; Fulani; Hausa;
Karu Ashe; Duya;mada: Eggon; Grade; Nyankpa
m Alago; Gwandara;Eggon; Tiv; Fulani Keffi Hausa; Fulani; :madaGadeEggon;Gbagyi; Gwandara; Koro Wachi
Kokona Gwandara;mada Fulani; Hausa; Eggon
Lafia Bare-Bari; Hausa; Fulani; Ake;mada: Alago; Agatu; Eggon; Goemai; Gwandara; Kofyar; Lijili; Tiv; Wapan
Nasarawa Hausa; Fulani; Agatu; Alago; Basa; Egbura; Eloyi; Gade; Gbagyi; Gwandara; Eggon; Tiv
Nasarawa-Eggon Eggon; Mada; Nungu; Fulani; Hausa
Obi Alago; Hausa; Fulani; Eggon; Tiv
Toto Egbura Agatu; Eggon; Gade; Fulani; Hausa
Wamba Alumu-Tesu;ninzo:mada;rindre Bu; Eggon; Hasha; Fulani; Kantana; Nungu; Toro


Concrete block factory in Nasarawa State.

Nasarawa State has agriculture as the mainstay of its economy with the production of varieties of cash crops throughout the year. It also contains various minerals such as salt, baryte, and bauxite, which are mostly mined by artisanal miners.


The state has a College of Education in Akwanga,[8] Federal Polytechnic Nasarawa,[9] College of Agriculture in Lafia, Isa Mustapha Agwai I Polytechnic Lafia, Nasarawa State University[10] Faculty of Agriculture Lafia Camous, a newly established Federal University of Lafia,[11] Mewar International University at Masaka, Bingham University at Karu, NACAP polytechnic Akwanga, Command secondary school Lafia, Command secondary school Rinze, Vocational And Relevant technology board, and many primary and secondary schools.


Nasarawa State is home to the Farin Ruwa Falls in Wamba Local Government area of the state. Farin Ruwa falls is reputed to be one of the highest falls in Africa.[12]

There is also the Salt Village in Keana Local Government Area of the State. It produces naturally iodized salt from the lake located near it. The town is also one of the cradles of Alago civilization, one of the major ethnic groups in the state. Also notable is the Eggon hills of the Eggon people which is situated around Nasarawa Eggon. This was the hills which the Eggon people had settled and established as an ancestral heritage as well. Tourists love to go hiking on this beautiful and high hill overlooking the Nasarawa Eggon local government and surrounding areas.

Another tourist site in Nasarawa State is the Maloney Hill.[13]

Keffi Town from the top of Maloney Hill
Sunset on Maloney Hill

Notable people[edit]

  • Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim – Director-General of [[National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons|NAPTIP


  1. ^ "2006 PHC Priority Tables – National Population Commission". Archived from the original on 2017-10-10. Retrieved 2017-10-10.
  2. ^ See List of Governors of Nasarawa State for a list of prior governors
  3. ^ a b "C-GIDD (Canback Global Income Distribution Database)". Canback Dangel. Retrieved 2008-08-20.
  4. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  5. ^ 2006 Population Census, Federal Republic of Nigeria, National Bureau of Statistics. Archived from the original on 2009-03-25.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-01-18. Retrieved 2015-01-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Nigeria". Ethnologue (22 ed.). Retrieved 2020-01-10.
  8. ^ Admin, I. J. N. (2020-11-03). "Full List of Courses Offered In College Of Education, Akwanga (COEAKWANGA)". ITSJAMBNEWS. Retrieved 2021-10-14.
  9. ^ "Official List of Courses Offered in Federal polytechnic, Nasarawa (NASARAWAPOLY) - Myschool". Retrieved 2021-10-14.
  10. ^ "Official List of Courses Offered in Nasarawa State University (NSUK) - Myschool". Retrieved 2021-10-14.
  11. ^ "List Of Courses Offered at FULAFIA with Admission Requirements". 2020-10-09. Retrieved 2021-10-14.
  12. ^ Dreaming of Farin Ruwa | GlobalPost
  13. ^ "Mission to Maloney Hill". The Nation Newspaper. The Nation. The Nation. 8 November 2012.

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