Niger State

  • Capital : Minna
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  • Governor : Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello
  • ISO 3166 code : NG-NI

Created on 3 February, 1976, Niger state covers a total area of 76,363 km2 (29,484 sq mi) and has a total population of 3,950,249 as at the 2006 census. With an average population density of 52/km2 (130/sq mi) and a total GDP (2010) of $6,002 Million, at $1,480 Per Capita.

Niger State is a state in North Western Nigeria and the largest state in the country. The state capital is Minna, and other major cities are Bida, Kontagora, and Suleja. It was formed in 1976 when the then North-Western State was bifurcated into Niger State and Sokoto State. The state is named for the River Niger. Two of Nigeria's major hydroelectric power stations, the Kainji Dam and the Shiroro Dam, are located in Niger State; also situated there is Kainji National Park, the largest National Park of Nigeria, which contains Kainji Lake, the Borgu Game Reserve and the Zugurma Game Reserve.

Agriculture is the major occupation of the state with about 80% of the population engaged in farming. The state produces crops like yam, bean, cassava, rice, millet, groundnut, maize and sugar cane.

Major Towns:

  • Bida
  • Minna
  • Suleja
  • Kontagora
  • Lapai

State Governor

Niger state governor

Abubakar Sani Bello was sworn in as the Governor of Niger state on 29 May 2015. Born on 17 December 1967.