Gombe, usually referred to as Gombe State to distinguish it from its capital city Gombe, is located in northeastern Nigeria and is one of the country's 36 states. The boundaries of the state roughly correspond to those of the Tangale-Waja Chiefdom and Gombe Emirate, a traditional state.The state is inhabited by the dominant Fulani tribe.
Location of Gombe State in Nigeria
|Date created||1 October 1996|
| • Governor |
|Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya (APC)|
|• Deputy Governor||Manassah Jatau|
|• Total||18,768 km2 (7,246 sq mi)|
|Area rank||21st of 36|
|• Rank||33rd of 36|
|• Ethnicity||Fulani, Others|
|• Religions||Islam (79%) , Christianity (21%)|
|• Total||$2.50 billion|
|• Per capita||$1,036|
|Time zone||UTC+01 (WAT)|
|ISO 3166 code||NG-GO|
low · 34th of 37
|^1 Preliminary results|
The state has an area of 20,265 km² and a population of around 2,365,000 people as of 2006.
The State's slogan is the Jewel In The Savannah. It was formed in October 1996 from part of the old Bauchi State by the Abacha military government. Its location in the north eastern zone, right within the expansive savannah, allows the state to share common borders with the states of Borno, Yobe, Taraba, Adamawa and Bauchi.
Gombe has two distinct climates, the dry season (November–March) and the rainy season (April–October) with an average rainfall of 850mm.
The State is headed by the Executive Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya and also has 24 State House Assembly members. Gombe has 11 Local Government Areas and 14 Emirates/chiefdoms. It has 3 Senators and 6 Members in the National Assembly.
Local Government AreasEdit
Gombe State consists of eleven (11) Local Government Areas. They are:
|LGA||Area (km2)||Census 2006
Gombe State is a multi-ethnic society that consists of the dominant Fulani tribe, who inhabit the Northern part of the Gombe State. They dominated 6 out of the 11 Local Government Areas of the state. This include Dukku,Kwami,Funakaye,Nafada,Akko and Gombe LGAs. Apart from the Fulani, there are also the Tangale, found in Billiri and Kaltungo areas. Other ethnicities include the Hausa, Tula, Tera (Yamaltu-Deba), Waja, Bolewa, and Kanuri, with their different cultural as well as lingual affiliations.
Languages of Gombe State listed by LGA:
|Akko||Fulani ; Tangale|
|Balanga||Bangwinji; Centúúm; Dadiya; Dera; Dikaka; Dza; Kyak; Longuda; Moo; Tangale; Tso; Waja ; Fulani|
|Billiri||Bangwinji; Burak; Hõne; Kamo; Tangale ;Fulani|
|Kaltungo||Awak; Pero; Tangale; Tula; Fulani|
|Shongom||Kushi; Moo; Loo|
|Yamaltu-Deba||Waja; Fulani; Tera|
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