Taraba (Fula: 𞤤𞤫𞤴𞤣𞤭 𞤼𞤢𞤪𞤢𞤦𞤢, romanized: Leydi Taraba) is a state in North Eastern Nigeria, named after the Taraba River, which traverses the southern part of the state. Taraba state's capital is Jalingo. The inhabitants are mainly the people from Fulani, Mumuye, Karimjo and Wurkun tribes, who are predominantly resident in the northern part of the state, while the Jukun, Chamba, Tiv, Kuteb and Ichen tribes are found predominantly in the southern part of the state.The central region is mainly occupied by the Mambila people, Fulani and Jibawa. There are over 77 different tribes, and their languages in Taraba State.
𞤤𞤫𞤴𞤣𞤭 𞤼𞤢𞤪𞤢𞤦𞤢, Leydi Taraba
|Date created||27 August 1991|
|• Body||Government of Taraba State|
| • Governor |
|Darius Ishaku (PDP)|
|• Deputy Governor||Haruna Manu (PDP)|
|• Legislature||Taraba State House of Assembly|
|• Senators||C: Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf (APC)|
N: Shuaibu Isa Lau (PDP)
S: Emmanuel Bwacha (APC)
|• Total||54,473 km2 (21,032 sq mi)|
|• Rank||3rd of 36|
|• Rank||30th of 36|
|• Total||$3.40 billion|
|• Per capita||$1,446|
|Time zone||UTC+01 (WAT)|
|ISO 3166 code||NG-TA|
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Taraba state is bounded in the west by Nasarawa state and Benue state, northwest by Plateau state, north by Bauchi state and Gombe state, northeast by Adamawa state, and south by Northwest Region in Cameroon.
The Benue, Donga, Taraba and Ibi are the main rivers in the state. They rise from the Cameroonian mountains, straining almost the entire length of the state in the North and South directions to link up with the River Niger.
The climate of Taraba state is marked by an annual average temperature of 33°C but high level of cold in January and an increased rainfall in August. The percentage of rainfall in Taraba state is 40.35% with 54.98% relative humidity. The state is usually very warm in March with 40.44°C, and an average wind of 8.84km/h.
- Courage hospital
- Gateway hospital
- General hospital bali
- Sauki hospital and maternity
- Totus hospital and maternity
- Albert healthcare company
- Taraba specialist hospital
- kwararafa hospital and maternity
- Federal polythecnic bali medical center
- First referral hospital
- Biyama hospital
Local government areasEdit
Taraba state consists of sixteen (16) Local Government Areas (or LGAs), which are governed by elected chairmen. The local government areas are listed as follows:
Languages of Taraba state listed by LGA include:
|Ardokola||Fulfulde, Kona, Mumuye|
|Bali||Fulfulde; Ichen Language Fam; Gbaya, Northwest; Jibu; Jukun Takum; Kam; Mumuye; Ndoola; Chamba Dakka; chamba leko; Tiv;|
|Donga||Ichen Language, Ekpan, Chamba Leko, Tiv.|
|Gashaka||Ndoola, Fulfulde, Chamba Daka; Yamba Tiv|
|Gassol||Fulfulde, Wapan, Tiv|
|Ibi||Duguri; Dza, Tiv, Fulfulde, Wanu|
|Jalingo||Fulfulde, Kona, Mumuye;|
|Karim Lamido||Karimjo, Jenjo Fulfulde; Dadiya; Dza; Jiba; Jiru; kodei; Kulung; Kyak; Laka; Munga Lelau; Loo; Mághdì; Mak; Munga Doso; Mumuye; Nyam; Pangseng; Wurkun-Anphandi; Shoo-Minda-Nye; Yandang; Hõne; Kwa; Pero.|
|Kurmi||Ndoro; Ichen language; Tigun language; Abon; Bitare.|
|Lau||Fulfulde, Dza; Loo; Yandang, Laka|
|Takum||Mashi; Bete; Ichen Language; Jukun Takum; Kapya; Kpan; Kpati; Kuteb; Lufu; Acha language Acha; Tiv; Yukuben|
|Wukari||Jukun, Ichen Language; Ekpan; Kpati; Kulung; Tarok; Tiv; Wapan|
|Sardauna||Fulfulde, Áncá; Batu; Buru; Fum; Lamnso'; Lidzonka; Limbum; Mambila; Mbembe, Tigon; Mbongno; Mvanip; Nde-Gbite; Ndoola; Ndunda; Nshi; Somyev; Viti; Vute; Yamba, kaka|
|Zing||Mumuye, Nyong; Rang; Yandang|
Ussa. Kuteb language
Other languages spoken in Taraba state are Akum, Bukwen, Esimbi, Fali of Baissa, Jiba, Njerep, Tha, Yandang, Yotti, Ywom.
Taraba State has many schools and education centers, some are
The major occupation of the people of Taraba state is agriculture. Cash crops produced in the state include coffee, tea, groundnuts and cotton. Crops such as maize, rice, sorghum, millet, cassava, and yam are also produced in commercial quantity. In addition, cattle, sheep and goats are reared in large numbers, especially on the Mambilla Plateau, and along the Benue and Taraba valleys. Similarly, the people of Taraba state undertake other livestock production activities like poultry production, rabbit breeding and pig farming in fairly large scale. Communities living on the banks of River Benue, River Taraba, River Donga and Ibi, engage in fishing all year round. Other occupational activities such as pottery, cloth-weaving, dyeing, mat-making, carving, embroidery and blacksmithing are also carried out in various parts of the state.
Mineral raw materialsEdit
The government has made concerted efforts to improve areas of tourist attractions like Mambilla Tourist Center, Gumpti Park and game reserve in Gashaka;, Karimjo Abedahh festival and the Nwunyu fishing festival in Ibi, all this is usually held in April of each year where activities such as canoe racing, swimming competition and cultural dances are held. Other festivals are Purma of the Chamba in Donga, Takum and Jibu culture dance in Bali, the Tagba of Acha People in Takum, Kuchecheb of Kutebs in Takum and Ussa, Kati of the Mambilla and host of others. Taraba is called "Nature's gift to the nation" as the state is rich and has many ethnic groups, including Kuteb, Chamba, Yandang, Mumuyes, Mambila, Karimjo, Wurkums, Jenjo, Jukun, Ichen, Tiv, Kaka, Pena, Kambu, kodei, Wawa, Vute, Fulani, Hausa and Ndola.
A striking historical fact about the State is that it encompasses part of the Mambilla Region which is famed as the Bantu cradle, having been occupied for some five millennia to date (Schwartz, 1972; Zeitlyn & Connell, 2003).
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- Late Aisha Alhassan - Former Nigerian Minister of Women Affairs, Former Senator of Northern Zone of Taraba
- Emmanuel Bwacha - Senator Representing Southern Taraba, Deputy Senate Minority Leader at National Assembly
- Theophilus Danjuma - Nigerian soldier, Politician, Businessman, Nigerian Chief of Army Staff (1975-1979), Minister of Defence (1999-2003)
- Anna Darius Ishaku - Barrister, First Lady of the state/Wife to the Executive Governor, Darius Ishaku
- Darius Dickson Ishaku - Current Governor of Taraba state
- Agbu Kefas - Governorship PDP Flag Bearer, 2023 Election
- Shuaibu Isa Lau - Senator representing Taraba North
- Saleh Mamman, Nigerian minister of power
- Mahmud Mohammed - Nigerian Jurist and former Chief Justice of Nigeria
- Jolly Nyame - Former Governor of Taraba state
- Danbaba Suntai - Nigerian pharmacist, Politician, Former Governor of Taraba state
- Abbas Njidda Tafida - Current Emir of Muri
- Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf - Senator Representing Central Taraba, Member of the All Progressive Congress(APC),Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC)
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