Jigawa State

Created on August 27, 1991, Jigawa state covers a total area of 23,154 km2 (8,940 sq mi) and has a total population of 4,361,002 as at the 2006 census. With an average population density of 120/km2 (320/sq mi) and a total GDP (2010) of $2,988 Million, at $673 Per Capita.

Jigawa State is one of thirty-six states that constitute Federal Republic of Nigeria. It is situated in the north-western part of the country between latitudes 11.00°N to 13.00°N and longitudes 8.00°E to 10.15°E. Kano State and Katsina State border Jigawa to the west, Bauchi State to the east and Yobe State to the northeast. To the north, Jigawa shares an international border with Zinder Region in The Republic of Niger, which is a unique opportunity for cross-border trading activities.

Most parts of Jigawa lie within the Sudan Savannah with elements of Guinea Savannah in the southern part. Total forest cover in the State is very much below national average of 14.8%. Due to both natural and human factors, forest cover is being depleted, making northern part of the State highly vulnerable to desert encroachment. The State enjoys vast fertile arable land to which almost all tropical crops could adapt, thus constituting one of its highly prized natural resources. The Sudan Savannah vegetation zone is also made up of vast grazing lands suitable for livestock production.

Major Towns:

  • Hadejia
  • Kazaure
  • Gumel
  • Ringim
  • Dutse

State Governor

Jigawa state governor

Alhaji Mohammed Badaru Abubakar (born 1962) was elected governor of Jigawa State in April 2015. [1] He is a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress Party (APC).