Nasarawa State

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Nasarawa
State
Flag of Nasarawa State
Flag
Seal of Nasarawa State
Seal
Nickname(s): Home of Solid Minerals
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
CapitalLafia
Government
 • Governor[2]Umaru Tanko Al-Makura
 • Deputy GovernorSilas Ali Agara
 • RepresentativesList
Area
 • Total27,117 km2 (10,470 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Total1,869,377[1]
GDP (PPP)
 • Year2007
 • Total$3.02 billion[3]
 • Per capita$1,588[3]
Time zoneUTC+01 (WAT)
ISO 3166 codeNG-NA
Websitewww.nasarawastate.gov.ng

Nasarawa is a state in north central Nigeria. Its capital is Lafia.

History[edit]

Nasarawa was created on 1 October 1996 by the Abacha government from the (today neighboring) Plateau State.[4]

Geography[edit]

Nasarawa State is bounded in the north by Kaduna State, in the west by the Abuja 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.

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

List of current Local Government Area Chairmen.[6]

Economy[edit]

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.

Education[edit]

The state has a College of Education in Akwanga, Federal polytechnic Nasarawa, College of Agriculture in Lafia, Nasarawa State Polytechnic in Lafia, Nasarawa State University in Keffi, a newly established Federal University of Lafia, and other vocational training schools.

Tourism[edit]

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.[7]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2006 PHC Priority Tables – NATIONAL POPULATION COMMISSION". population.gov.ng. 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. ^ Brief Data
  5. ^ 2006 Population Census, Federal Republic of Nigeria, National Bureau of Statistics. Archived from the original on 2009-03-25.
  6. ^ http://www.nasarawastatenigeria.com/blog/2014/03/24/list-of-newly-elected-chairmen-of-local-government-councils-in-nasarawa-state/
  7. ^ Dreaming of Farin Ruwa | GlobalPost

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