Niger or Niger State is a state in Central Nigeria and the largest state in the country. The state capital is Minna, and other major cities are Bida, Kontagora, and Suleja. It was formed in 1976 when the then North-Western State was bifurcated into Niger State and Sokoto State. It is home to Ibrahim Babangida and Abdulsalami Abubakar, two of Nigeria's former military rulers. The Nupe, Gbagyi, Kamuku, Kambari, Dukawa, Hausa and Koro form the majority of numerous indigenous tribes of Niger State.
Location of Niger State in Nigeria
|Date created||3 February 1976|
| • Governor |
|Abubakar Sani Bello (APC)|
|• Deputy Governor||Ahmed Muhammad Ketso|
|• Total||76,363 km2 (29,484 sq mi)|
|Area rank||1st of 36|
|• Rank||18th of 36|
|• Density||52/km2 (130/sq mi)|
|• Total||$6.00 billion|
|• Per capita||$1,480|
|Time zone||UTC+01 (WAT)|
|ISO 3166 code||NG-NI|
|HDI (2016)||0.399 · 27th of 36|
The state is named after the River Niger. Two of Nigeria's major hydroelectric power stations, the Kainji Dam and the Shiroro Dam, are located in Niger State, The famous Gurara Falls is in Niger State, and Gurara Local Government Area is named after the Gurara River, on whose course the fall is situated. Also situated there is Kainji National Park, the largest National Park of Nigeria, which contains Kainji Lake, the Borgu Game Reserve and the Zugurma Game Reserve.
Local government areasEdit
Niger State consists of 25 local government areas. They are:
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