- Capital : Kaduna
- Website : www.kadunastate.gov.ng
- Governor : : Nasir El-Rufai
- ISO 3166 code : NG-KD
Created on 3 February, 1976, Kaduna state covers a total area of 46,053 km2 (17,781 sq mi) and has a total population of 6,066,562 as at the 2006 census. With an average population density of 130/km2 (340/sq mi) and a total GDP (2010) of $10,334 Million, at $1,666 Per Capita.
The state shares boundaries with Niger State to the west, Zamfara, Katsina and Kano states to the north, Bauchi and Plateau States to the east and FCT Abuja and Nassarawa state to the south.
Agriculture is the main stay of the economy of Kaduna state with about 80% of the people actively engaged in farming. Cash and food crops are cultivated and the produce include: yam, cotton, groundnut, tobacco, maize, beans, guinea corn, millet, ginger, rice and cassava. Over 180,000 tonnes of groundnut are produced in the state annually. The major cash crop is cotton in which the state has a comparative advantage as it is the leading producer in the country. Another major occupation of the people is animal rearing and poultry farming. The animal reared include cattle, sheep, goats and pigs. Kaduna state is blessed with minerals which include clay, serpentine, asbestos, amethyst, kyannite, gold, graphite and siltimanite graphite, which is found in Sabon Birnin Gwari, in the Birnin Gwari local government.
Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai (born 16 February 1960) is the incumbent Governor of Kaduna State and former Director General of The Bureau of Public Enterprises, the head privatisation agency in Nigeria and also the former Minister of the] Federal Capital Territory, Abuja from 16 July 2003 to 29 May 2007. He is a member of All Progressives Congress (APC) and elected as the Executive Governor of Kaduna State at the just concluded elections in Nigeria. His spell with the government began under the transition government of General Abdulsalami Abubakar, where he served as an adviser in the Transition government. He was reportedly in self-exile during the tenure of President Umaru Yar'Adua. In November 2009, Nasir EL-Rufai stated plans to come back home to Nigeria despite the high level of risk he will be under.