In This Article
- 1 Jigawa State
- 1.1 Motto
- 1.2 Population of Jigawa State
- 1.3 Landmass
- 1.4 Official Website of Jigawa State
- 1.5 Who is the Present Governor of Jigawa State?
- 1.6 Social Media Handles
- 1.7 Former Governors of Jigawa
- 1.8 Ministries and Commissioners of Jigawa State
- 1.9 Number of Local Governments and Their Headquarters
- 1.10 Major Tribes in Jigawa
- 1.11 Facts About Jigawa State
- 1.12 Tourist Attraction Sites in Jigawa State
- 1.13 Notable Figures and Personalities from Jigawa State
- 1.14 Natural and Mineral Resources Found in Jigawa State
- 1.15 Ceremonies and Festival in Jigawa
- 1.16 Tertiary Institutions in Jigawa State
- 1.17 Emirates and Emirs in Jigawa
- 1.18 Major Markets in the State
Jigawa state is one of the states created on 27 August 1991. The word ‘Jigawa’ means hill, the state was named that due to the high hills across the state. It was carved out from Kano state by the then administration of General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida. It is located in the North West and shares a border with Kano state by the West, on the East by Bauchi and on the North by Katsina and Yobe States and the Republic of Niger through Maigatari Local Government.
Despite its later creation, Jigawa state remains one of the most important states in the North and the Federation. Hadejia, one of the original seven Hausa states is located in the state. The residents of the state are great farmers involved in large farming activities.
Jigawa state is also one of the safest states in Nigeria with a minimal security risk. The state is safe for students, corpers, businessmen and people looking for economic opportunities.
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Population of Jigawa State
According to the latest NBS projections of 2017, the population of Jigawa State is 5,828,163.
The state has an area of 23,154 km², the 18th out of 36 states in Nigeria.
Official Website of Jigawa State
Who is the Present Governor of Jigawa State?
The present Governor of Jigawa state is Alhaji Badaru Abubakar Talamiz, who was reelected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019, along with his deputy Alhaji Umar Namadi.
Social Media Handles
Former Governors of Jigawa
|Olayinka Sule||Military Governor||28 Aug 1991 – Jan 1992|
|Ali Sa’ad Birnin-Kudu||Civilian Governor (SDP)||Jan 1992 – Nov 1993|
|Ibrahim Aliyu||Military Administrator||9 Dec 1993 – 22 Aug 1996|
|Rasheed A. Shekoni||Military Administrator||22 Aug 1996 – Aug 1998|
|Abubakar Sadiq Zakariya Maimalari||Military Administrator||Aug 1998 – May 1999|
|Ibrahim Saminu Turaki||Civilian Governor (ANPP)||29 May 1999 – 29 May 2007|
|Sule Lamido||Civilian Governor (PDP)||29 May 2007 – 29 May 2015|
|Mohammed Badaru Abubakar||Civilian Governor (APC)||29 May 2015 – date|
Ministries and Commissioners of Jigawa State
|Lawan Yunusa Dan Zomo||Commissioner of Education Science & Technology|
|Dr. Abba Umar Zakari||Commissioner of Health|
|Babangida Umar Gantsa||Commissioner of Finance and Economic Planning|
|Barrister Musa Adamu Aliyu||Commissioner of Justice|
|Salisu Zakar Hadejia||Commissioner of Commerce and Industries|
|Ibrahim Baba Chaichai||Commissioner of Environment|
|(Colonel) Muhammad Alhassan||Commissioner of Agriculture and Natural Resources|
|Hon. Kabiru Muhammad Garba||Commissioner of Water Resources|
|Hajiya Yelwa Da,u Tijjani||Commissioner of Women Affairs & Social Welfare|
|Engineer Aminu Usman||Commissioner of Works & Transport|
|Alhaji Bala ‘Mamser’ Ibrahim||Ministry of Information Youth Sport & Culture|
|Kabiru Hassan Sugungum||Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy and Community Development|
Number of Local Governments and Their Headquarters
Jigawa state has a total of 27 local governments and they include:
|4.||Birnin Kudu||Birnin Kudu|
|15.||Kafin Hausa||Kafin Hausa|
|21.||Malam Madori||Malam Madori|
|25.||Sule Tankarkar||Sule Tankarkar|
Major Tribes in Jigawa
The dominant tribes in Jigawa state are the Hausa and Fulani. However, other tribes found include;
- Bade tribe
- Warji (Warjawa)
- Mangawa (The third largest found in Birniwa, Guri and Kiri kasamma LGAs )
- Badawa ( found in Birniwa, Guri and Kiri kasamma LGAs )
- Duwai Tribe
- Ngizimawa ( found in Birniwa, Guri and Kiri kasamma LGAs )
- Kanuri Tribe
- Kurama, or Akurmi, or BagwamaTribe
- Angas Tribe
Facts About Jigawa State
- The Mangawa, Badawa and Ngizmawa are all sub tribes of the Kanuri tribe. This is due to the close proximity of the state and the border shared with Yobe, where Kanuri’s are found.
- Do you know that at 32, Birnin kudu became the youngest elected Governor in the history of Nigeria? The record still stands to this day.
- Jigawa has a free trade policy with the Zinder area of Niger Republic, making Maigatari, one of the most important commercial areas of the state.
- Hadejia (Hadeja), one of the original ‘seven Hausa states’ is one of the largest and most important cities in Jigawa.
- The people of the state are highly involved in farming activities. It is not uncommon to see a farmer in the state cultivating several thousand hectares of land.
- Jigawa state had two people who served as the IGP, Hafiz Ringim (2010-2012) who served between and Suleiman Abba (August 2014-21 April 2015)
- Dutse, the capital of Jigawa is a very rocky place consisting of Hills and rocks
- The state is bisected by the Hadejia River and traverses the state from the west to the east through Hadejia-Nguru wetlands and empties into Lake Chad.
- Dr Nurudeen Mohammed, a Medical Doctor from Jigawa was one of the youngest Ministers in the country when he was made Minister of State For Foreign Affairs (2012-2015) at the age of 34.
- Informatics institute, found in 2000 is one of the first computer training institute of its kind in Northern Nigeria.
- HRH Alh. Ahmed Mohammed Sani II (CON), The Emir of Gumel is one of the longest serving Emirs in Northern Nigeria who spent 40 years on the throne.
- Sallar Gani, an annual festival celeberated on 12th of Rabiul Awwal (the 3rd month of the Islamic calendar) for maulud celebrations to commemorate the birth of the Holy prophet Muhammad in Gumel, Kazaure, Hadejia and other towns in Jigawa is the second most important festival after the two eids. It is elaborate, colorful and well planned. Citizens of such towns go back home every year, to witness the occasion, along with other visitors, and tourists.
Tourist Attraction Sites in Jigawa State
Jigawa state has a lot of places to visit and they include;
- Birnin Kudu Rock Paintings
- Emir of Dutse Palace
- Emir of Hadejia Palace
- Emir of Gumel’s Palace
- Emir of Kazaure’s Palace
- Emir of Gumel’s Palce
- Dutse Rocks
- Wawan Rafi Resort
- Amaryawa Rock Range
- Gwaram Ruins
- Tomb of Capatin Phillips (Kabarin Mai Tumbi)
- Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research
- Hadejia Wetlands
- Gwaram Forest Reserve
- Garin Gabas-Ancient Settlement
- Harbo Village Fishing Village
- Maigatari Boader
- Mandara/Talata Gets in Hadejia
- Dabar magini Birds Sanctuary in Guri
- Baturiya Birds Sanctuary in Kiri-kassamma
- Saminu Turaki Tower
Notable Figures and Personalities from Jigawa State
- Ali Sa’ad Birnin-Kudu, Former Governor in the Third Republic
- Alhaji Inuwa Dutse, Agitator for the State of Jigawa, Elder Statesman and First Republic Comissioner
- Suleiman Kazaure, Former DG of NYSC
- Shu’aibu Kazaure, Former Chairman, Federal Civil Service Commission
- Bello Maitama Yusuf Sardaunan Dutse, Former Senator, Federal Minister and Elder Statesman
- Ibrahim Saminu Turaki, Two term Governor (1999-2007)
- Sule Lamido, Two term Governor (2007-2015), and Former Minister
- Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, current Governor and Businessman
- Suleiman Abba, Former Inspector General of Police (1 August 2014-21 April 2015)
- Hafiz Ringim Former IGP (2010-2012)
- Nana Abdullahi, First female High Court justice in Jigawa
- Muhammed Babandede, Comptroller General of Nigerian Immigration Services
- Muhammed Kazaure Gudaji, A House of Representatives Member Representing, Kazaure, Gwiwa,Roni and Yankwashi Federal Constituency
- Muhammad Sabo Nakudu, Senator and Former House of Representatives Member
- Ruqayyah Ahmed Rufa’i, Former Education Minister
- Dahiru Musdapher, Jurist and Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (2011-2012)
- Mallam Aminu Ibrahim Ringim, Politician and Gubernatorial Candidate
- Dr Nurudeen Mohammed, Medical Doctor and Former Minister of State For Foreign Affairs (2012-2015)
- Suleiman Hussein Adamu, Minister of Water Resources (2015-2023)
- Amina Zakari, Former INEC Acting Chair
Natural and Mineral Resources Found in Jigawa State
- Iron ore.
The state also grows crops like rice, wheat, maize, sesame, tomatoes, guinea corn, watermelons, and so on.
Ceremonies and Festival in Jigawa
2. Hawan Idi
3. Eid al-Adha
4. Eid al-Fitri
5. Sallar Gani
6. Dambe (boxing)
7. Kokawa (Wrestling)
8. Sharo ( Traditional flogging)
Tertiary Institutions in Jigawa State
- Federal University, Dutse
- Sule Lamido University, Kafin Hausa
- Husaini Adamu Federal Polytechnic, Kazaure
- Jigawa state College of Education Gumel
- School of Nursing and Midwifery Birnin Kudu
- Health Technology School Jahun
- Jigawa State Polytechnic Dutse
- Informatics Institute Kazaure
- Jigawa State C.I.L.S Ringim
- Binyaminu Usman Polytechnic Hadeja
- School of Nursing Hadejia
- National Teachers Institutes Hadejia Study Centre
Emirates and Emirs in Jigawa
Jigawa state has 5 First class emirates namely; Hadejia, Kazaure, Gumel, Dutse, and Ringim. The Emirs are as follows.
- HRH. Dr. Adamu Abubakar-Maje, CON the Emir of Hadejia and Chairman, Council of Emirs in Jigawa.
- HRH. Alhaji Najib Hussaini Adamu, Emir of Kazaure
- HRH Alh. Ahmed Mohammed Sani II (CON), Emir of Gumel
- HRH. Alh. (Dr.) Muhammadu Nuhu Sanusi ,Emir of Dutse
- HRH Alh. (Dr). Sayyadi Mahmoud Usman (CON), Emir of Ringim.
Fact: At almost 90 years, the Emir of Ringim is one of the oldest Emirs in Northern Nigeria. He is also the eldest surviving member of the Dabo Fulani Dynasty, which has ruled Kano since 1819.
Major Markets in the State
- Maigatari Market
- Gujungu Market
- Sara Market
- Hadejia Market
- Kafin hausa Market
- Shuwarin Market.
- Hade market
- Kupsa market
- Dutse central market
- Sabuwar kasuwa