Nasarawa State

Nassarawa or Nasawara is a federal republic of Nigeria, with its capital Lafia, which is with 127,246 inhabitants (2005) and largest city.


The state is located in the center of the country, bordered to the north by Kaduna State, in the northwest of the Federal Capital Territory, on the northeast by the Plateau State, in the south to the Benue State, on the southwest by the state of Kogi and to the southeast by the Taraba State.


The state was formed on 1 October 1996 from a part of Plateau State. First administrator was between October 7, 1996 and August 1998, Abdullahi Ibrahim. First elected governor was from May 29, 1999, Abdullahi Adamu. Current governor since April 26, 2011 Umaru Tanko Al- Makura.

List of Governors and Administrators

  • Abdullahi Ibrahim ( administrator 1996-1998)
  • Bala Mande (Governor 1998-1999)
  • Abdullahi Adamu (Governor 1999-2007 )
  • Aliyu Doma (Governor 2007-2011)
  • Umaru Tanko Al- Makura (Governor since 26 April 2011)


The state is divided into 13 Local Government Areas. These are: Akwanga, Awe, Doma, Karu, Keana, Keffi, Kokona, Lafia, Nassarawa, Nassarawa - Egon Obi Toto Wamba and.


The main economic activity of Nassarawa is agriculture. Of raw materials, among other salt and bauxite are available.


In Nassarawa, there is an extensive road network that connects all major cities and rural areas. Rail connections of the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC ) from Kuru, Gombe and Maiduguri pass through Nassarawa.