Yobe State

Created on August 27, 1991, Yobe state covers a total area of 45,502 km2 (17,568 sq mi) and has a total population of 2,321,339 as at the 2006 census. With an average population density of 31/km2 (80/sq mi) and a total GDP (2010) of $2,011 Million, at $843 Per Capita.

The state borders the Nigerian states of Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, and Jigawa. It borders the Diffa Region and the Zinder Region to the north in The Republic of Niger. Because the state lies mainly in the dry savannah belt, the state is dry and hot for most of the year, except in the southern part of the state which has a milder climate. The state lies mainly within the dry savannah belt and is therefore mostly hot and dry for the most part of the year except in the southern fringes where the climate is a bit mild.

Agriculture is the main occupation of the people and is also the backbone of the state's economy. Yobe State also possesses rich fishing grounds with pockets of little lakes located mostly in the northern part of the state. Agricultural products for which Yobe State is known include cattle which are found in abundance. In fact, the state is reputed to have the largest cattle markets in West Africa located in Potiskum. Others are high grade gum arabic, groundnuts, beans, cotton etc. Mineral resources include portest gypsum in Fika and Gujba. Deposits of kaolin and quartz have been known to exist in some parts of the state.

Major Towns:

  • Damaturu
  • Gashua
  • Giedam
  • Nguru
  • Potiskum

State Governor

Yobe state governor

Ibrahim Geidam (born 15 September 1956) was sworn in as Executive Governor of Yobe State, Nigeria on January 27, 2009 following the death of Governor Mamman Bello Ali of a liver problem. He was elected on 26 April 2011 for a second term as governor.