- Capital : Katsina
- Website : www.katsinastategov.org
- Governor : Aminu Masari
- ISO 3166 code : NG-KT
Created on September 23, 1987, Katsina state covers a total area of 24,192 km2 (9,341 sq mi) and has a total population of 5,801,584 as at the 2006 census. With an average population density of 160/km2 (420/sq mi) and a total GDP (2010) of $6,022 Million, at $1,017 Per Capita.
The State was carved out of the old Kaduna State. It is bounded in the north by Niger Republic, in the east by Kano State, in the south by Kaduna State and by Sokoto State in the west. Due to the vast arable land which nature has bestowed on the State, it is currently playing a leading role in commodity/food production namely: cotton, groundnut, millet, guinea corn, maize, rice, wheat and vegetables. Government's encouragement and general incentives to both large and small scale as well as peasant farming over the years, has been quite commendable.
Katsina city is a tourist attraction because of the wall that surrounds it with its seven different gates. The wall was built about 900 years ago during the reign of King Murabus. The Emirs palaces in Katsina and Daura are also tourist attractions because of their unique architectural structure.
Aminu Bello Masari (born May 1950) is a Nigerian politician and now Governor of Katsina State. He was the speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives between 2003 and 2007. Masari hails from Katsina State.