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Nasarawa State, Nigeria ( Overview, History and Summary Information )


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Nasarawa State, Nigeria

Nasarawa State
—  State  —
Nickname(s): Home of Solid Minerals
Location of Nasarawa State in Nigeria
Coordinates: 8°32′N 8°18′E / 8.533°N 8.3°ECoordinates8°32′N 8°18′E / 8.533°N 8.3°E
Country Nigeria
Date created1 October 1996
CapitalLafia
Government
 - Governor[1]Aliyu Doma (PDP)
 - Senators 
 - RepresentativesList
 
Area
 - Total
 27,117 km2 (10,469.9 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 - Total2,040,097
 Density75.2/km2 (194.9/sq mi)
 
GDP (PPP)
 - Year
 2007
 - Total$3.02 billion
 - Per capita$1,588[2]
Time zoneWAT (UTC+01)
ISO 3166 codeNG-NA
Websitenasarawastate.org

Nasarawa State is a state in central Nigeria. Its capital is Lafia.

History

Nasarawa was created on 1 October 1996 from the (today neighboring) Plateau State.

Geography

Nasarawa State is bounded in the north by Kaduna State, in the west by the Abuja Federal Capital Territory, in the south by Kogi and Benue States and in the east by Taraba and Plateau States.

A network of roads exist within the state, linking all the rural areas and major towns. The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) operates train services from Kuru, Gombe and Maiduguri.

Local Government Areas

The thirteen Local Government Areas of Nasarawa State are:

  • Akwanga
  • Awe
  • Doma
  • Karu
  • Keana
  • Keffi
  • Kokona
  • Lafia
  • Nasarawa
  • Nasarawa Egon
  • Obi
  • Toto
  • Wamba

Economy

 
Concrete block factory in Nasarawa State.

Nasarawa State has agriculture as the mainstay of its economy with the production of varieties of cash crops throughout the year. It is also contains minerals such as salt and bauxite.

Education

The state has a Federal Polytechnic in Nasarawa local Government Area of the state,College of Education in Akwanga and Nasarawa State University in Keffi and other vocational training schools.

Tourism

Nassarawa state is home to the Farin Ruwa Falls in Wamba local Government area of the state. Farin Ruwa falls is reputed to be one of the highest falls in Africa.

 

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