Kaduna State Profile

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January 18, 2022

Kaduna State

Kaduna State is a state located in the North-western Zone of the Country. It was created on the 27th of May 1967 as the North Central state and was later renamed Kaduna after the crocodiles in the area on 17th March 1976. The state was one of the few states created out of the regions, the others being  North-Western State, North-Eastern state, Kano State, Benue-Plateau State, Kwara State, Western State, Lagos State, Mid-Western State, Rivers State, South-Eastern State, East-Central State. The capital of the State is Kaduna.

Kaduna was also the former capital of the Northern Region abolished where the Governor and The Premier resides up until 1966 when the regions were abolished. This was why the state is commonly referred to as ‘Kaduna Garin Gwamna‘ meaning The Governor’s city.

Up to this day, the state remains an important part of the North and Nigeria in general. The state has produced one Vice President and numerous other important government officials and dignitaries.

Motto of Kaduna State

Centre of learning

Population of Kaduna state

Kaduna is now the state capital to about 8,252,366 people according to the National Bureau of Statistics projection made in 2016.

Landmass

The state covers an impressive 46,053 square kilometres. It is the fourth largest state by landmass in Nigeria, surpassed only by Niger, Borno and Taraba.

Flag of Kaduna State

Kaduna state flag
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Official Site

Kaduna state official site

Present Governor

The current governor of Kaduna state is Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai and his deputy Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe who were elected under the banner of APC in 2019. Hadiza Sabuwa is the first female Deputy Governor in the whole North-west zone.

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Commissioner and Ministries of Kaduna state

In the state, there are 14 ministries and they include;

MinistryCommissionerWebsite
Commissioner of AgricultureIbrahim Hussaini        agric.kdsg.gov.ng
Commissioner of Budget and Planning Muhammad Sani Dattijopbc.kdsg.gov.ng
Commissioner of Business, Innovation
And Technology              
Kabir Matombit.kdsg.gov.ng
Commissioner of EducationHalima Lawaleducation.kdsg.gov.ng
Commissioner of EnvironmentJa’afaru Sanienvironment.kdsg.gov.ng
Commissioner of FinanceMuhammad Bashir Sa’idufinance.kdsg.gov.ng
Commissioner of JusticeAisha Dikkojustice.kdsg.gov.ng
Commissioner of HealthAmina Balonihealth.kdsg.gov.ng
Commissioner of Local Government and Chieftancy AffairsShehu Usman Mohammed Makarfi, PhDlocalgov.kdsg.gov.ng
Commissioner of Internal Security and Home AffairsSamuel AruwanInternalsecurity.kdsg.gov.ng
Commissioner of Public Works and InfrastructureThomas Gyangworks.kdsg.gov.ng
Commissioner of Sports Development Idris Nyamsports.kdsg.gov.ng
Commissioner of  Housing & Urban DevelopmentFausat Ibironkehousing.kdsg.gov.ng
Commissioner of Human Services and Social DevelopmentHafsat Babahumanservices.kdsg.gov.ng

Past Governors of Kaduna State

GovernorSystemLeft Office
Abba KyariNorth Central State GovernorJuly 1975
Usman JibrinGovernor of North Central State1977
Mukhtar MuhammadMilitary GovernorJuly 1978
Ibrahim Muhammad AlfaMilitary Governor1979
Abdulkadi Balarabe MusaCivilian GovernorOctober 1978 (impeached)
Abba Musa RimiCivilain Governor6th July 1981
Lawal KaitaCivilain GovernorOctober 1983
Usman MuazuMilitary GovernorJanuary 1984
Abdullahi Sarki MukhtarMilitary GovernorJuly 1988
Abubakakr Tanko AyubaMilitary Governor August 1988
Muhammad Dabo LereCivilian Governor2nd January 1992
Lawal Ja’afaru IsaMilitary Governor 9th December 1993
Hameed AliMilitary Governor 22nd August 1996
Umar Farouk AhmedMilitary Administrator May 1999
Ahmad Muhammad MakarfiCivilian Governor (PDP)29th May 2007
Namadi SamboCivilian Governor (PDP)May 2010
Patrick Ibrahim YakowaCivilian Governor (PDP) (Deceased while in office)2012
Mukhtar Ramalan YeroCivilian Governor (PDP) 29th May 2015
Nasir El-Rufa’iCivilian Governor (APC) Incumbent
List of Kaduna state Governors

Local Governments

Kaduna state has 23 Local Governments, one of the largest in the country.

List of Local Governments and their Headquarters

S/NLocal GovernmentHeadquarters
1Birnin GwariBirnin Gwari
2ChikunKujama
3GiwaGiwa
4IgabiTurunku
5IkaraIkara
6JabaKwoi
7Jema’aKafanchan
8KachiaKachia
9Kaduna NorthDoka
10Kaduna SouthMakera
11KagarkoKagarko
12KajuruKajuru
13KauraKaura
14KauruKauru
15KubauAnchau
16KudanHunkuyi
17LereSaminaka
18MakarfiMakarfi
19Sabon GariDogarawa
20SangaGwantu
21SobaMaigana
22Zangon KatafZonkwa
23ZariaZaria

Borders

Kaduna state shares borders with Kaduna with Katsina through Giwa LGA and Kano through Hunkuyi to the north. The state also has borders with Bauchi through Saminaka and Plateau through Birnin Gwari to the east. The state also borders Nassawara to the south and Niger to the west. Kaduna also shares borders with FCT Abuja.

Major Tribes in Kaduna

1. Adara (dubbed Kadara),

2. Akurmi (abeled Kurama by the Hausa),

3. Anghan (dubbed Kamanton by the Hausa),

4. Amo

5. Aruruma (named Ruruma by the Hausa)

6. Atachaat (dubbed Kachechere)

7. Atyab (dubbed Kataf by the Hausa)

8. Atuku

9.  Ayu

10. Bajju

11. Bakulu (Ikulu by the Hausa)

12. Bhazar (named Koro)

13. Bur (Sanga)

14. Binawa

15. Dingi

16. Fantswam

17. Fulfulde (called Fulani or Fulde for short)

18. Gbagyi

19. Gure

20. Gwandara

 21. Gwong (Kagoma in Hausa)

22. Ham

23. Hausa

24. Jangi

25. Kaibi

26. Kahugu

27. Kanufi

28. Kigono

29. Kinugu

30. Kitimi

31. Kiwafa

32. Kiwollo

33. Kono

34. Kuvori

35. Kuturmi

36. Lemoro

37. Mada (Mardan)

38. Nandu

39. Nduyah

40. Numana

41. Nindem

42. Ningeshe

43. Ninkyop

44. Ninzo

45. Nyenkpa (Yeskwa)

46. Oegworok

47. Pikal

48. Pitti

49. Ribang

50. Rishuwa

51. Rumada

52. Ruruma

53. Rumayya

54. Shemawa

Tourist Attraction Sites in Kaduna State

1. Fifth Chukker Polo and Country Club

2. Kaduna Golf Club 

3. Kajuru Castle

4. Matsirga waterfalls

5. Murtala Square

6. Emirs palace Zaria

7. Zaria wall

8. Kufena rock

9. Zaria dam

10. Gaskiya NNPC building

11. Gamji

12. Zaria city gates

Notable Figures from Kaduna State

  1. Martin Luther Agwai, Former Chief of Army Staff
  2. Zamani Lekwot, Former Military Administrator
  3. Usman Muazu, Former Military Governor
  4. Luka Yusuf, former Chief of Army Staff
  5. Ahmad Abubakar Gumi, Renowned Islamic cleric
  6. Muhammad Nasir, Albany Zaria, Islamic preacher assassinated in 2014
  7. Ibrahim Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN)
  8. Reverend Mathew Hassan Kukah ,Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese
  9. Abubakar Imam Ikara, Famous Izala cleric
  10. Yusuf Sambo Rigachikun, Izala Preacher
  11. Ahmad Muhammad Makarfi, Former Governor in the Fourth Republic
  12. Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa, Former Governor in the Second Republic
  13. Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, Former Minister of FCT and Incumbent Governor
  14. Namadi Smbo, Former Governor and Vice President
  15. Shehu Sani, Former Senator and Activist
  16. Uba Sani, Current Senator Kaduna Central
  17. Stephen Shekari, Former Deputy Governor, now deceased
  18. Dalhatu Sarki Tafida, Former Ambassador and elder statesman
  19. Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, Former Governor
  20. Isah Ashiru Kudan, House of Representatives Member and Gubernatorial Aspirant
  21. Suleiman Othman Hunkuyi, Former Senator Representing Kaduna North
  22. Ahamd Aruwa, Former Senator
  23. Ishaya Balat, Former Senator Kaduna South
  24. Hamisu Yusuf Abubakar (Mairago), Former Executive Secretary PTDF
  25. Suleiman Audu Kwari, Current Senator representing Kaduna North
  26. Nenadi Esther Usman, Former Senator and Minister of Finance
  27. Hakeem Baba Ahmad, Retired  Federal Permanent Secretary
  28. Lawal Samaila Yakawada, Former Secretary to the State Government
  29. Hamza Ishaq Danmahawayi, Former SSG
  30. Rilwanu Lukman, Former OPEC Secretary General and Minister
  31. Professor Ango Abdullahi, Former Vice Chancellor of ABU and elder statesman.  
  32. Professor Kabir Bala, Incumbent Vice Chancellor of ABU Zaria
  33. Prof Jonathan Andrew Nok, Professor of Biochemistry and Renowned scientist and Researcher
  34. Audee T. Giwa, Author

Mineral Resources Found in Kaduna State

Kaduna State is endowed with mineral resources spread across almost all its 23 LGAs. Some of the mineral resources in Kaduna State are Gemstones, Industrial Minerals, Gold, Cassiterite, Tantalite, Wolframite, Columbite, Manganese, Molybdenum, Lithium, Nickel etc.

Ceremonies and Festivals in Kaduna

1. Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha

2. Christmas Celebrations

3. Easter Celebrations

4. Batadon Festival

5. Durbar Festival (Hawan Sallah, Hawan Daushe and Hawan Bariki)

6. Kaduna State Festival of Arts and Culture

7. Kalankuwa Cultural Festival

8. Moro’a Cultural Festival

9. Ninzo Cultural Festival

10. The Zunzuk Dance

11. Tuk-Ham Festival

12. Unum-Akulu Festival

13. Tera Nok Cultural Festival

Tertiary Institutions in Kaduna State

Kaduna state is one of the states with the most tertiary institutions in northern Nigeria, and they include;

1. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

2. Air Force Institute of Technology (Nigeria)

3. Greenfield University Kaduna

4. Kaduna Polytechnic Kaduna

5. Kaduna State University

6. National Open University of Nigeria, Kaduna Study Center

7. Nigerian College of Aviation Technology Zaria

Trivia: Do you know that the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology Zaria is the first Aviation College in West Africa?

8. Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna

9. Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic, Zaria

10. Federal College of Education, Zaria

11. The Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology (NILEST)

12. National Research Institute for Chemical Technology (NARICT)

13. Nigerian Institute for Trypanosomiasis Research ( NITR)

14. National Teachers’ Institute (NTI)

15. Dialogue Computer Institute

Kaduna State Emirates

The state has about 32 Emirates and Chiefdoms, including 10 First Class Chiefs and Emirs, 9 Second Class ones and 13 Third class. The State also has a total of 390 Districts heads and 1429 Village heads. The Chairman of the State Council of Chiefs is His Royal Highness, Alhaji Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli the Emir of Zazzau.

First Class Emirs/ Chiefs

  1. HIS HIGHNESS, Alh. Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli, Emir of Zazzau, Zaria.
  2. HIS HIGHNESS, Mr. Ufuwai Bonet (CON), Oegworok (Chief of Kagoro), Kagoro Chiefdom, Kagoro.
  3. HIS HIGHNESS, Alh. Muhammadu Isa Muhammadu (OFR) Emir of Jema’a, Kafanchan.
  4. HIS HIGHNESS, Alh. Zubairu Jibril Maigwari II (OFR) Emir of Birnin Gwari, Birnin Gwari Emirate, Birnin Gwari.
  5. HIS HIGHNESS, Mal. Tagwai Sambo (OFR) Chief of Moro’a, Moro’a Chiefdom, Manchok
  6. HIS HIGHNESS, Dr. Danladi Gyet Maude (OON), Kpop Ham, Jaba Chiefdom, Kwoi.
  7. HIS HIGHNESS, Dominic Gambo Yahaya KSM, Agwatyap, Atyap Chiefdom, Samaru Kataf.
  8. HIS HIGHNESS, Mr. Nuhu Bature (OON), Agwam Bajju, Bajju Chiefdom, Zonkwa.
  9. HIS HIGHNESS, Mr. Paul Zakka Wyom, Kpop Gwong II, Gwong Chiefdom, Fadan Kagoma.
  10. HIS HIGHNESS, Agom Adara III, Adara Chiefdom, Kachia.

Second Class Chiefs/ Emirs

  1. HIS HIGHNESS, Mr. Gambo Makama, Etum Numana, Numana Chiefdom, Gwantu.
  2. HIS HIGHNESS, Suleiman Umaru, Sarkin Lere. Lere Chiefdom, Lere.
  3. HIS HIGHNESS, Dr. Danjuma S. Barde, Sa-Gbagyi, Gbagyi Chiefdom, Kakau.
  4. HIS HIGHNESS, Alh. Ja’afaru Abubakar, Sarkin Kauru, Kauru Chiefdom, Kauru.
  5. HIS HIGHNESS, Alh. Alhassan Adamu, Sarkin Kajuru, Kajuru Chiefdom, Kajuru.
  6. HIS HIGHNESS, Alh. Sa’ad Abubakar, Sarkin Kagarko, Kagarko Chiefdom, Kagarko.
  7. HIS HIGHNESS, Mr. Yohanna Akaito (JP), Ere-Koro, Koro Chiefdom, Kubacha.
  8. HIS HIGHNESS, Dr. Sa’ad Usman (OFR), Sarkin Jere, Jere Chiefdom, Jere.
  9. HIS HIGHNESS, Alh. Ibrahim Yakubu, Uche Ninzo, Ninzo Chiefdom, Fadan Ninzo.

Third Class Emirs/ Chiefs

  1. HIS HIGHNESS, Alh. Musa Muhammadu Sani, Sarkin Saminaka II, Saminaka Chiefdom, Saminaka.
  2. HIS HIGHNESS, Mal. Dauda Abdulsalam Abdullahi, Pukgom Kumana, Kumana Chiefdom, Geshere.
  3. HIS HIGHNESS, Mr. Iliya Ajiya Antang, Chief of Godogodo, Godogodo Chiefdom, Gidan Waya.
  4. HIS HIGHNESS, Mr. Tanko Tete, Tum-Nikyob, Kaninkon Chiefdom, Unguwan Fari.
  5. HIS HIGHNESS, Dr. Ishaku Sabo Damina, Bugwam Kurmi, Kurama Traditional Council, Chief’s Palace, Yarkasuwa.
  6. HIS HIGHNESS, Mr. Tobias Nkom Wada, Agwam Takad, Takad Chiefdom, Fadan Attakar.
  7. HIS HIGHNESS, Mr. Sako Gajere, Odyong Nyekpa, Nyenkpa Chiefdom, Barde.
  8. HIS HIGHNESS, Mr. Yohanna Sidi Kukah, Agwom Akulu II, Ikulu Chiefdom, Kamuru.
  9. HIS HIGHNESS, Mr. Musa Didam, Agwam Fantswam, Fantswam Chiefdom, Zikpap.
  10. HIS HIGHNESS, Alh. Yahaya Muhammad, Rs-Tsam, Tsam Chiefdom, Damakasuwa.
  11. HIS HIGHNESS, Pukarma Piriga, Piriga Chiefdom, Piriga.
  12. HIS HIGHNESS, Alh. Yahaya Mahamud, Chief of Ayu, Ayu Traditional Council, Mayir.
  13. HIS HIGHNESS, Mr. Adamu Alkali, Ngbiar Anghan, Anghan Traditional Council, Fadan Kamantan

Facts About Kaduna State

1. Do you know that since the late 1950s, Kaduna has become a major industrial, commercial, and financial centre for the northern states of Nigeria?

2. Do you know that Kaduna almost became the capital of Nigeria during the colonial regime? The project was later deemed too expensive and later discarded.

3. Do you know that the city has cotton-textile spinning and weaving mills. Knit fabrics are also produced in Kaduna.

4. Do you know the Peugeot Automobile Nigeria assembly plant in Kaduna is one of the few surviving plants in the country and the only one in the North?

5. Kaduna state produces 22% of the country’s total maize and 10% of Nigeria’s groundnut supply. There are also about 1.3 million farming households in the state.

Major Markets in Kaduna State

  1. Unguwan Dosa Market
  2. Kaduna Central Market
  3. Kakuri Market
  4. Kasuwan Barci
  5. Kasuwan Kori
  6. Panteka Market
  7. Sabongari Zaria Main Market
  8. Sabon Tasha Market
  9. Station Market
  10. Sheikh Abubakar Gumi Market
  11. Tudun Wada Market
  12. Kasuwan Barci market
  13. Cecenya Market
  14. Giwa market
  15. Samaru Market
  16. Kasuwan Magani Market
  17. Anchau market
  18. Barnawa Market
  19. Kawo Market
  20. Kudenda Market
  21. Unguwan Rimi Market
  22. Malali Market
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