History of Niger State Nigeria

Niger State is situated in the north-central of Nigeria. Its capital is Minna. This State was formed out of defunct Northwestern in Nigeria in 1976 and became a full-fledged State. Niger State has twenty-five (25) local government areas, grouped under the three zones of the State and also there are three major ethnic groups. it might also interest you to know that our two former military rulers are from this Niger State, they are Abdulsami Abubakar and Ibrahim Babangada.

History of Niger State

Niger State was formed on 3rd February 1967.the old State was split into two by late General Murtala Muhammad reign in1976 and this brought about Sokoto and Niger State. The regions that makes up Niger State are Old Nupe and Kontogara Kingdos, Abuja now Suleja with the trace of famous Kingdom of Zauzau .

Niger State is well known as a “Power State” because there are three Hydro-Electric Stations, which are, Shirro Dam, Kainji and Jebba Power Stations.

Niger State shares boundaries with Kaduna and Plateau States (East &East-South), Sokoto State (North),  Kwara State (East).

Ethnic Groups in Niger State

Niger State has three major ethnic groups which are; Nupe, Gwari and Hausa.

The groups includes the Koro, Kadara, Kambari, Pangu, Bassa, Bauchi, Kamuku, Fulani, Dukawa, Gade, Godara, Ganagana, Mauchi, Ayadi, Ingwai, Dibo, Kadanda, Gulengi, Abishiwa and Shigini.

Most of the groups are well developed and political Leaders or King or chief are appointed to rule.

The Nupe are located at Gboko, Lavun, Lapai, Agaie and areas of Mariga, while Gwari, Kadara and Koro stays at Suleja, Chanchaga and Shiroro. The Kambari and Kamuku are located at Margia, Magama and Rafi Local Government.

Niger State Map

Niger State Map
Niger State Map

 Niger State Population

The national census board recorded Niger State a total number of =140,003,542 (2006)

Area-76,363km²

Local Government Areas in Niger State

Agale                     Bida                       Borgu                    Agwara                 Chanchaga

Bosso                    Lapai                      Edati                      Katcha                  Kontagora

Gbako                   Lavun                    Rafi                        Gurara                  Magama

Tafa                       Rijau                      Suleja                    Mokwa                 Mashegu

Muya                    Pailoro                  Shiroro                 Mariga                  Wushishi

Wards in Niger State

LGAsWards
BossoBeji, Bosso  central  i, Bosso central  ii, Chanchaga, Garatu,  Gampala, Kodo, Kampala, Shata, Maikunkele, Maitumbi
ChanchagaLimawa ‘a’, Limawa ‘b’, Makera, Minna Central, Minna South, Nassarawa ‘a’, Nassarawa ‘b’,

Nassarawa ‘c’, Sabon Gari, Tudun Wada north, Tudun Wada south

GuraraBonu, Diko, Gawu, Izom, Kabo,Kwaka, Lambata, Lefu, Shako,Tufa
PaikoroAdunu, Chimbi, Gwam, Ishau, Jere, Kafin Koro, Kwagana, Kwakuti, Nikuchi t/Mallam, Paiko central, Tutungo Jedna
ShiroroAllawa, Bangajiya,Bassa /Kukoki,Egwa/Gwada, Erana, Galkogo, Gurmana, Gussoro, Kato, Pina, Manta, Kushaka /Kurebe,  Manta, She, Ubadoma
RafiKagara Gari, Kakuri, Kundu, Yakila, Kongoma central, Kongoma  west, Kusherki  North,

Kusherk South, Sabon Gari, Tegina West, Tegina East

SulejaBagama ‘b’, Bagamama ‘a’, Iku South, Iku North, Hashimi  ‘a’, Hashimi  ‘b’, Kurmin Sarki, Magajiya, Maje north, Wambai
MunyaBeni, Dandaudu,

Dangunu, Gina,Daza, Fuka, Guni, Kabula, Kazai, Kuchi, Sarkin Pawa

TafaDogon Kurmi, Garam, Ija Gwari,Ija Koro, Iku, New Bwari, Wuse Easy, Wuse West, Zuma East, Zuma West
AgwaraAdehe, Agwata, Busuru, Gallah,Kashini, Kokoli, Mago, Papiri, Rofia, Suteku
BorguBabanna,  Dugga, Kabe/Pissa, Karabonde, Konkoso, Malale,New Bussa, Riverine, Shagunu, Wawa
KontagoraArewa, Central, Gabas, kudu,Madara, Magajiya, Masuga,Rafin Gora ,Yamma, Nagwamatse, Tungan  Kawo, Usalle

Tunganwawa,

MasheguBabban Rami, Dapangi /Makera, Kaboji, Ibbi, Kasanga, Kulho,Kwatachi, Mashegu, Saho Rami,

Mazakuka/Likoro

WushishiAkare, Barwa, Gwarjiko, Maito,Kanwuri, Kodo, Kwata, Maito,Lokogoma, Sabon Gari, Tukunji /Yamigi, Zungeru
MargiaBangi, Beri, Bobi,Galma /Wamba, Gulbin  Boka, Igwama, Inkwai, Kakihum, Kontokoro, Kumbashi, Maburya
AgaieBaro, Boku, Dauaci, Ekossa, Ekobadeggi, Ekowugi, Ekowuna,

Etsugale, Kutiriko,Magaji, Tagagi

RijauDanrangi, Dugge, Dukku, Genu, Jama’are,  Rijau, Shambo, T/Bunu, T/Magajiya, Ushe, Warari
BidaBariki, Ceniyan, Dokodza, Kyari, Landzun, Masaba  i, Masaba  ii, Masaba   iii, Mayaki  Ndajiya,

Nassarafu, Umaru  Majigi  ii, Umaru  Majigi  i, Wadata

MagamaAnna central, Anna East, Anna east central, Anna south, Anna South east, Ibelu central,  Ibelu east , Ibelu  North , Ibelu west, Nasko, Nassarawa
GbakoBatagi, Batako, Edokota, Lemu, Edozhigi, Etsu Audu, Gbadafu, Gogata, Nuwankota, Sammajiko
LapaiArewa/Yamma, Birnin  Maza/ Tashibo,Ebbo /Gbacinku, Evuti /Kapada,  Gulu/Anguwa Vastsa, Gupa/Abugi,  Gurdi/Zago,  Kudu/ Gabas, Muye/ Egba, Takuti/Shaku
LavunBatai, Busu/Kuchi, Dabban,  Doko, Dassun, Egbako, Gaba, Jima, Kusotachi, Kutigi, Lagun, Mambe
EdatiEnagi, Etsu Tasha, Fazhi, Guzan, Gazhe i, Gazhe  ii, Gbangban,  Gonagi, Rokota, Sakpe
MokwaBokani, Gbajibo/Muwo, Gbara, Ja’agi, Jebba North, Kpaki/Takuma, Kudu, Labozhi, Mokwa, Muregi,  Rabba/Ndayako
KatchaBadeggi, Bakeko, Bisanti, Essa, Dzwafu, Edotsu, Gbakogi, Katcha , Kataregi,  Sidi Saba

Economy of Niger State

Niger State economy are majorly into Livestock, crops and minerals like Uranium (world largest deposit), Drought cycles, desert frication, limestone, glass stone, Chalk and copper. They export Uranium.

Senatorial District Zones in Niger State

The twenty-five Local Government Areas in Niger State are group into the three zones in the Table.

  • Niger State East
  • Niger State North
  • Niger State South
ZonesLGAs
Niger EastPaikoro, Bosso, Guara, Rafi, Shiroro, Tafa, Suleja, Chanchaga, Munya,
Niger NorthAgwara, Borgu, Kontagora, Mariga, Rijau, Wushishi, Mashegu, Magama
Niger SouthAgle, Bida, Katcha, Gbako, Lapai, Lavun, Edati, Mokwa

The Government in Niger State

Niger State government is divided into three arms, namely;
The Executive Arm
This is headed by the elected governor of the State, assisted by those he appoints to work with Him in the State government. ABUBAKAR SANNI BELLO is the current governor of Niger State.

The Legislative Arm

They convene at Niger State House Assembly at Minna. This comprises of 30 members elected by the people of the 30 constituencies of Niger State. ABDULLAHI AHMED MARAFA is the speaker of the Niger State Assembly.

The Judicial Arm

This is headed by the chief judge of the State Justice MANA SANDA ZUKOGI is the current judge of Niger State.

Federal Constitutes in Niger State

  • Agaie/Lapai
  • Agwara/borgu
  • Bida/gbako/Katcha
  • Chanchaga
  • Gurara/suleja/tafa
  • Kontagora/wushishi/margia/Mashegu
  • Lavun/mokwa/edatti
  • Magama/rijau
  • Shiroro/rafi/munya

Tourism-Interesting Places to Visit in Niger State

  • Zuma Rock
  • Gurara Falls
  • Gurara LGA Natural/Physical
  • Suleija Natural/Physical
  • Kainji Lake National park Wildlife/Eco-Tourism
  • Brass/Glass Works
  • Bida Arts & Crafts/Souvenirs
  • Shiroro Dam Tourist Resort Natural/Man-Made
  • Mayanka Water Falls Natural

SEE ALSO>>>History of Oyo State<<<

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