Katsina is a state of Nigeria with its capital in Katsina which is with 432 179 inhabitants ( 2005) and largest city.
The state is located in the north of the country, bordered to the north by the Republic of Niger, the south by the Kaduna State, on the west by the Zamfara State, in the northeast of the state of Jigawa and to the southeast by the state of Kano.
The inhabitants of the state of Katsina are mostly Sunni Muslims. The ethnic group of Hausa (often grouped together with the people of the Fulani ethnic group of the Hausa - Fulani ) are the largest ethnic group in the state. In Katsina State was ten years ago, officially the Sharia, Islamic law introduced.
The state was formed on September 23, 1987 from part of Kaduna State. First governor was between September 1987 and July 1988, Abdullahi Sarki Mukhtar. Governor on 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007, was Umaru Yar'Adua of the liberal conservative People's Democratic Party (PDP ), which has been elected president of Nigeria in 2007. The current governor since May 2007, Ibrahim scheme, also from the PDP.
Governors and Administrators
- Abdullahi Sarki Mukhtar (Governor 1987-1988)
- Lawrence Onoja (Governor 1988-1989)
- John Madaki (Governor 1989-1992 )
- Sa'idu Barda (Governor 1992-1993)
- E. Acholonu ( administrator 1993-1996)
- Samaila Chama ( administrator 1996-1998)
- Joseph Akaagerger ( administrator 1998-1999)
- Umaru Yar'Adua (Governor 1999-2007 )
The state is divided into 34 Local Government Areas. These are: Bakori, Batagarawa, Batsari, Baure, Bindawa, Charanchi, Dandume, Danja, Dan - Musa, Duara, Dutsi, Dutsin - Ma, Faskari, Funtua, Ingawa, Jibia, Kafur, Kaita, Kankara, Kankia, Katsina, Kurfi, Kusada, Mai'Adua, Malumfashi, Mani, Mashi, Matazu, Musawa, Rimi, Sabuwa, Safana, Sandamu and Zango.
Agriculture is the main industry in Katsina State. There are grown cotton, peanuts, millet, corn, rice, wheat and vegetables.
In natural resources, among others, kaolin and asbestos are mined.