History of Plateau State Nigeria

Plateau State is one of the Thirty six (36) states of Nigeria. This State is situated in the central (middle belt) area. Plateau State is the twelfth biggest State of Nigeria, its Capital is Jos. Plateau State has seventeen (17) Local Government Areas, Fifty tribes and borders with several other States like Kaduna and Bauchi States (North), Taraba  State (East), Nassarawa State (south&west) . The theme of Plateau State “Home of Peace”.

History of Plateau State

The name Plateau State is gotten after the picture square Jos Plateau State, a mountainous area in the northern region, with attractive rock formation. The original name of Jos (capital of Plateau) was ‘Gosh’, it was wrongly called Jos by the Hausa people that lives on that area, which is now a trading center.

Plateau State came into existence on the 3rd February,  it was carved out of Benue-Plateau State. Plateau state was joined together to form Benue-Plateau State, as of this time, Nigeria has Twelve State on same year it was created.

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The British Began to exert colonial control of Nigeria in the early 20th century. In 1926, the state province is made up of Jos and Pankshin area, was carved out of Bauchi.

Ethnic Groups in Plateau State

Plateau State has Fifty (50) ethnic Groups which includes those in the Table and also representing towns and Local government that speaks the Language. Hausa Language is generally acceptable and spoken mainly, while each ethnic group has its own distinct language and no single ethnic group is majority then the other.

Ethnic GroupsLGAs
BeromBarkin Ladi, Jos North &South, Mangu and Riyom LGAs
AfizereJos East &North, Mangu, Toro LGAs
AmoBassa Lga
AnagutaBuji, Barkin Ladi Lga, &Afizere People
AtenRiyom Lga
BoghomKanam and Wase LGAs
BujiBuji, Bassa LGA
ChipPankshin LGA
GoemaiQua’an Pan and Shendam LGAs
IrigweBassa LGA
Bashararwa

 

Langtang North & South, Wase, Kanam LGAs
JukunWase LGA
KofyarQua’an  Pan, LGA
MontolShendam LGA
MushereBokkos LGA
MwaghavulPankshinand Mangu LGAs
NgasKanke and Pankshin LGAs
TarokLangtang North &South, Kanke ,Shendam,Kanam ,Qua’an Pan, Wase, Mikang, Pankshin LGAs
Ron-KulereBarkin-Ladi,&Bokkos LGAs
RukubaChawia town in Bassa LGA
PyemMangu LGA
BurumKanam, Wase,

Shendam,

YoumMikang LGA
TehliMikang LGA
KoenemMikang LGA
PiapungMikang LGA
KadungPankshin LGA
GanangBarkin LGA

Plateau State Map

Plateau State Map
Plateau State Map

Plateau State Population

The National Census Board recorded Plateau State a total number= 3206,531 (2006)
Area=30,913km²

Local Government Areas in Plateau State

Plateau state has seventeen local Government Areas.

  • Barkin Ladi
  • Bassa
  • Riyom
  • Jos East
  • Jos West
  • Jos South
  • Bokkos
  • Kanke
  • Mangu
  • Pankshin
  • Kanam
  • Langtang North
  • Langtang South
  • Mikang
  • Qua’an Pan
  • Shendam
  • Wase

Wards in Plateau State

LGAsWards
Langtang NorthFunyalang, Jat, Pajat, Keller, Reak, Kuffen, Kwallak, Pil Gani, Kwande, Lipchok, Nyer, Pishe/Yashi, Mban/ Zamko, Waroh
Langtang SouthDadin Kowa, Fajul, Gamakai, Lashel,

Mabudi, Magama, Sabon Gida, Talgwang, Timbo, Turaki

Qua’an PanBwall, Doemak Goechim, Doemak

Koplong, Dokan Kasuwa, Kurgwi, kwa, Kwalla Moeda, Kwalla Yitla’ar, Kwang, Namu

ShendamDerteng, Kalong, Kurungbau (a),

Kurungbau (b),Moekat, Pangshom

,Poeship, Shendam Central (a), Shendam central (b), Shimankar, Yelwa

MikangBaltep, Garkawa central, Garkawa

North, Garkawa North East, Lalin,

Koenoem ‘a’, Koenoem ‘b’, Piapung ‘a’,

Piapung ‘b’, Tunkus

WaseBashar, Danbriam,Gudus, kadarko,

Kumbong, Kumbar, Kuyambana, Mavo,

Nyalum/Kampai, Saluwe, Wase Tofa

,Yola Market

PankshinChip, Dok Pai, Fier, Jiblik, Kadung, Kangshu, Lankang, Pankshin central,

Pankshin south (Belning), Pankshin

Chigwong, Tal, Wokkos

KanamBribyang, Dengi, Jom, Dugub, Gagbi,

Garga, Gumshir, Gwamlar, Jarmai,

Kanam, Kantana, Kunkyam, Munbutbo, Namaran

KankeAmpang east, Amper Chika ‘a’,

Amper Chika ‘b’, Amper seri, Dawaki

, Garram, Kabwir Pada, Langshi, Kabwir/ Gyangyang, Nemel

BokkosBokkos, Butura, Daffo, Damwai, Kwatas, Mangor, Mangua, Richa,Mbar/Mangar, Sha,Mushere west, Mushere central, Tangur, Toff
ManguAmpang west, Chanso, Gindiri 1, Gindiri 11, Kadunu, Jannaret, Kerang, Jipal/ Chakfem, Kombun, Langai, Mangu 1, Mangu 11, Mangu Halle, Pan Yam, Pushit
Barkin –LadiBarkin Ladi, Tafan, Gassa/Sho, Gindin

Akwati, Helpang, Kapwis, Kurra falls,

Lobiring, Rafan Marit/Mazat,, Zabot

Jos NorthAda Nashehu, Ali Kazaure, Gangare,

Garba Daho, Ibrahim Katsina, Jenta Adamu, Jenta Apata,Jos Jarawa, Naraguta ‘a’, Naraguta ‘b’, Sarkin Arab, Tafawa  Balewa, Tudu Wada-Kabong, Vanderpuye

Jos SouthBukuru, Du, Giring, Gyel’a’, Gyel ‘b’, Kuru ‘a’, Kuru ‘b’, Shen, Turu, Vwang, Zawan ‘a’, Zawan ‘b’
Jos EastFedere, Fobur ‘b’, Fobur ‘a’, Fursum,

Jarawan Kogi, Mai Gemu, Maijuju,

Shere west, Shere east, Zandi

RiyomAttakar, Bum, Rim, Danto, Jol/Kwi, Ra-hoss, Riyom, Sharubutu, Sopp, Ta-hoss
BassaBassa ward

Economy of Plateau State

Plateau State is based on Agriculture majorly as a source that boosts the economy of the State. The plants Harvested includes Potatoes, groundnut, Fruits, yams, vegetables of varied sorts and some many eatable food Stuff.

There are also minerals such as gemstone, galena quartz, clay, kaolin columbite, tin, cassiterite, barytes and feldspar.

Federal Constitutes of Plateau State

  • Barkin Ladi/riyom
  • Bokkos/mangu
  • Jos North/bassa
  • Jos South & East
  • Kanke/pankshin/kanam
  • Langtang North &South
  • Mikang/qua’an Pan/shendam
  • Wase

The Government in Plateau state

Plateau 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. SIMON BAKO LALONG is the current governor of Plateau State.

The Legislative Arm

They convene at Plateau State House Assembly in Jos. This comprises of 26 members elected by the people of the 26 constituencies of Plateau State. JOSHUA MADAKI is the speaker of the Plateau State Assembly.

The Judicial Arm

This is headed by the chief judge of the State; YAKUBU DAKWAK is the current judge of Plateau State

Senatorial District Zones in Plateau State

The State has seventeen Local Government Areas grouped under the Three Senatorial District Zones.

  • Plateau South
  • Plateau North
  • Plateau Central
ZonesLGAs
Plateau SouthLangtang North,

Langtang South, Mikang, Qua’an, Shendam, Wase

Plateau

Central

Bokkos, Kanke, Mangu,

Pankshin, Kanam

Plateau

North

Barkin Ladi, Bassa, Riyom, Jos East, Jos West, Jos South

Tourism –Interesting Places to Visit in Plateau State

  • Assop Falls
  • The Wildlife Safari Park
  • Kura Falls
  • National Museum in Jos
  • Wase Rock
  • Kerang Highlands
  • Pandam Game Reserve
  • Kahwang Rock Formation
  • Miango Rest House

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