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

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Gombe State, Nigeria

Gombe State
—  State  —
Nickname(s): Jewel in the Savannah
Location of Gombe State in Nigeria
Coordinates: 10°15′N 11°10′E / 10.25°N 11.167°ECoordinates10°15′N 11°10′E / 10.25°N 11.167°E
Country Nigeria
Date created1 October 1996
 - Governor
Mohammed Danjuma Goje (PDP)
 - Senators 
 - Representatives 
 - Total
 18,768 km2 (7,246.4 sq mi)
Area rank21st of 36
Population (2006 census)1
 - Total2,353,000
 - Rank33rd of 36
 Density125.4/km2 (324.7/sq mi)
 - Year
 - Total$2.50 billion[1]
 - Per capita$1,036[1]
Time zoneWAT (UTC+01)
ISO 3166 codeNG-GO

Gombe State, located in northeastern Nigeria, is one of the country's 36 states; its capital is Gombe. The boundaries of the state roughly correspond to those of the Gombe Emirate, a traditional state. Gombe State, nicknamed the 'Jewel in the Savannah', was formed in October 1996 from part of the old Bauchi State by the Abacha military government. The state has an area of 20,265 km² and a population of around 2,353,000 people as of 2006. Of the population, approximately 7.8% are HIV-infected.

Administrative divisions

Gombe is divided into eleven Local Government Areas. They are:

  • Akko
  • Balanga
  • Billiri
  • Dukku
  • Funakaye
  • Gombe
  • Kaltungo
  • Kwami
  • Nafada
  • Shongom
  • Yamaltu/Deba


Gombe State is mainly populated by Fulani people. 


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