Taraba State

Created on August 27, 1991, Taraba state covers a total area of 54,473 km2 (21,032 sq mi) and has a total population of 2,294,800 as at the 2006 census. With an average population density of 27/km2 (70/sq mi) and a total GDP (2010) of $3,397 Million, at $1,446 Per Capita.

Taraba State is a state of Nigeria, named after the Taraba River which traverses the southern part of the state. Taraba State is bounded in the west by Plateau and Benue States and on the east by the Cameroon. Taraba State lies largely within the middle of Nigeria and consists of undulating landscape dotted with a few mountainous features. These include the scenic and prominent Mambilla Plateau. The state lies largely within the tropical zone and has a vegetation of low forest in the southern part and grassland in the northern part. The Mambilla Plateau with an altitude of 1,800 meters (6000 ft) above sea level has a temperate climate all year round. Rivers Benue, Donga, Taraba and Ibi are the main rivers in the state. They rise from the Cameroonian mountains, straining almost the entire length of the state in the North and South direction to link up with the River Niger.

The major occupation of the people of Taraba State is agriculture. Cash crops produced in the state include coffee, tea, groundnuts and cotton. Crops such as maize, rice, sorghum, millet, cassava, and yam are also produced in commercial quantity. In addition, cattle, sheep and goats are reared in large numbers, especially on the Mambilla Plateau, and along the Benue and Taraba valleys.

Major Towns:

  • Takun
  • Gashaka
  • Kurmi
  • Jalingo
  • Wukari

State Governor

Taraba state governor

Dickson Darius Ishaku was sworn in as the Governor of Taraba state on 29 May 2015.