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Kaduna State, Nigeria

Kaduna State
—  State  —
Nickname(s): Centre of Learning
Location of Kaduna State in Nigeria
Coordinates: 10°20′N 7°45′E / 10.333°N 7.75°ECoordinates10°20′N 7°45′E / 10.333°N 7.75°E
Country Nigeria
Date created27 May 1967
 - Governor
Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa (PDP)
 - Senators 
 - Representatives 
 - Total
 46,053 km2 (17,781.2 sq mi)
Area rank3rd of 36
Population (2006 census)1
 - Total6,066,562
 - Rank3rd of 36
 Density131.7/km2 (341.2/sq mi)
 - Year
 - Total$10.33 billion
 - Per capita$1,666[1]
Time zoneWAT (UTC+01)
ISO 3166 codeNG-KD
^1 Preliminary results

Kaduna State is a state in central northern Nigeria. Its capital is Kaduna.


The state is the successor to the old Northern Region of Nigeria, which had its capital at Kaduna. In 1967 this was split up into six states, one of which was the North-Central State, whose name was changed to Kaduna State in 1976. This was further divided in 1987, losing the area now part of Katsina State. Under the governance of Kaduna is the ancient city of Zaria.

Administrative divisions

Kaduna State is divided into 23 Local Government Areas. They are:

  • Birnin Gwari
  • Chikun
  • Giwa
  • Igabi
  • Ikara
  • Jaba
  • Jema'a
  • Kachia
  • Kaduna North
  • Kaduna South
  • Kagarko
  • Kajuru
  • Kaura
  • Kauru
  • Kubau
  • Kudan
  • Lere
  • Makarfi
  • Sabon Gari
  • Sanga
  • Soba
  • Zangon Kataf
  • Zaria


Kaduna State is mostly populated by Hausa, Gbagyi, Adara, Ham, Atyap, Bajjuu,Nikyob and Agworok ethnic communities.


Kaduna is one of the education centers in Nigeria, with many colleges and most recognized university in NIgeria

  • Nigerian Defence Academy
  • Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
  • Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic, Zaria
  • Federal University of Education, Zaria
  • Kaduna State University
  • Kaduna State Polytechnic
  • Nigerian College of Aviation, Zaria


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