Kano State Local Governments and State Profile

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Kano State Profile

Kano State is a state located in northern Nigeria. Kano borders Katsina State to the northwest, Jigawa State to the northeast, Bauchi State to the southeast and Kaduna State to the southwest. The state’s capital is the city of Kano. The state was created on May 27, 1967. In 1991, part of Kano State was separated to form Jigawa State. Kano state local governments are mainly populated by the Hausas.

Kano remains one of the most respected states in the region and one of the most respected states in the region and the country at large. Kano city was one of the most important historical cities in the region, even before the invasion by the British. Even then, it was an important centre of commerce—a title it still holds— where traders from all over the world came to trade their wares. Kurmi market was one of the largest markets in West Africa then. Baring Lagos, Kano is perhaps the next major market in Nigeria.

The Population of Kano State

With a projected population of over 13 million (13,076,892) according to NBS Projections in 2017, Kano State is the most populous state in Nigeria.


Center for Commerce

Flag of Kano


Kano state has a landmass of 20,131 km².

Official Website of Kano State


Kano State Local Governments

Kano state has a total of 44 local governments, the highest in the country. They are;

List of Local Governments in Kano and their Headquarters

S/NLocal GovernmentHeadquarters
9.Dawakin KuduDawakin Kudu
10.Dawakin TofaDawakin Tofa
15.Garum MallamGarum Mallam
21.Kano MunicipalKofar Kudu
33.Rimin GadoRimin Gado
38.TarauniUnguwa Uku
41.Tudun WadaTudun Wada

Who is the Present Governor of Kano State

The present Governor is Abdullahi Umar Ganduje elected together with his deputy Nasiru Yusufu Gawuna both of the APC in a rerun election in 2019.

Social Media Handles:

Twitter: @KanostateNg

Facebook: Kano State Government

Present Commissioners of Kano State

Commissioner Ministry                                                                              
Shehu Na’Allah KuraCommissioner of Finance
Nura Mohammed Dakadai Commissioner of Planning and Budget 
Dr. Nasir Yusuf GawunaCommissioner of Agriculture
Sadiq Aminu WaliCommissioner of Water Resources
Ibrahim Ahmed KarayeCommissioner of Tourism and Culture 
Muhammad Sunusi KiruCommissioner of Education
Dr. Mariya Mahmoud BunkureCommissioner of Higher Education
Ahmad SuleimanCommissioner of Education 2
Commissioner of Science and TechnologyMuhammad Bappa Takai
Commissioner of Youth, and Social DevelopmentKabiru Ado Lakwaya
Commissioner of EnvironmentDr. Kabiru Getso
Commissioner of Women Affairs                                                                Dr. Zahra’u Umar
Commissioner of Health                                                                                  Dr. Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa
Commissioner of Local Government and Community Affairs           Murtala Sule Garo
Commissioner of Justice                                                                               Barrister Lawal Abdullahi Musa
Commissioner of Works and Infrastructural DevelopmentIdris Garba Unguwar Rimi
Commissioner of Religious Affair                                                                  Muhammad Tahir Adam ‘Baba Impossible’
Commissioner of Special Duties                                                                    Mukhtar Ishaq
Commissioner of Information                                                                        Muhammad Garba
Commissioner of Rural Development                                                        Musa Iliyasu Kwankwaso
Commissioner of Commerce, Industry, Cooperative and Mineral ResourcesBarrister Ibrahim Muktar

Past Governors of Kano State

Audu BakoMilitary Governor28 May 1967 – Jul 1975 
Sani Bello  Military Governor Jul 1975 – Sep 1978       
Ishaya Aboi ShekariMilitary GovernorSep 1978 – Oct 1979   
Abubakar RimiCivilian Governor (PRP, NPN)1 Oct 1979 – 20 May 1983
Abdu Dawakin TofaCivilian Governor (Acting) (PRP)May 1983- 1st October 1983
Sabo Bakin ZuwoCivilian Governor (PRP)October 1983- December 1983
Hamza AbdullahiMilitary Governor4 Jan 1984 – 26 Aug 1985       
Ahmad M. DakuMilitary Governor26 Aug 1985 – 1987
Muhammad UmaruMilitary Governor1987 – 27 Jul 1988  
Idris GarbaMilitary Governor 27 Jul 1988 – Jan 1992 
Kabiru GayaCivilian Governor (NRC)2 Jan 1992 – 27 Nov 1993
Mohammed Abdullahi WaseAdministrator9 Dec 1993 – 22 Aug 1996
Dominic OneyaMilitary Administrator22 Aug 1996 – Sep 1998   
Aminu Isa KontagoraMilitary Administrator 1998- 29 May 1999
Rabiu Musa KwankwasoCivilian Governor (PDP)29th May 1999- 29th May 2003
Ibrahim ShekarauCivilian Governor (ANPP)May 2003- May 2011
Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso Civilian Governor (PDP, APC) (Second Tenure)May 2011- May 2015
Abdullahi Umar GandujeCivilian Governor (APC) 29th May 2015- Date
List of Kano state Governors

Major Tribes in Kano

The major tribes in Kano state are Hausa and Fulfulde.

Facts About Kano State

1. Kano, also called Kano City, city, capital of Kano state, northern Nigeria, is located on the Jakara River. It was traditionally founded by Kano, a blacksmith of the Gaya tribe who in ancient times came to Dalla Hill in the locality in search of iron.

2. The discovery of stone tools indicates prehistoric settlement of the site, which was selected for the capital of the Hausa state of Kano in the reign (1095–1134) of King Gajemasu (Gijimasu).

3. Kano is the second-largest industrial centre after Lagos in Nigeria and the largest in Northern Nigeria with textile, tanning, footwear, cosmetics, plastics, enamelware, pharmaceuticals, ceramics, furniture and other industries.

4. Inside the old walled area along the Jakara River is the central Kurmi Market, the main caravan terminus. After the Fulani jihad (holy war; 1804–08), Kano was chosen to be the capital of an emirate centred on the city.

5. Do you know that the prominent, notable, and only surviving dye pit which is located in Kofar Mata Kano has been in existence for over 500 years and is still thriving?

6. The first western school located in Northern Nigeria, was founded in Kano by Hans Vischer. It is now known as makarantar dan Hausa.

Tourist Attraction Sites in Kano

1. Kurmi Market established in the 15th century,
2. Kano’s centuries-old city wall,
3. Gidan Rumfa (Emir’s Palace, the oldest continuous site of authority in Nigeria)
4. Kano Zoo
5. Dala and Gwauron Dutse
6. Gidan makama (Kano Museum)
7. Kofar Mata dye pits
8. Gidan Dan Hausa
9. The mysterious Dutsen Amare

Notable Figures from Kano

  1. Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi former Governor of Kano state.
  2. Sani Abacha former Nigerian Head of State
  3. Aliko Dangote, entrepreneur
  4. Alhassan Dantata, businessman
  5. Bashir Tofa, Elder statesman and 1993 Presidential Aspirant
  6. Aminu Wali, Ambassador and Elder Statesman
  7. Maitama Sule, Politician, Elder statesman and Danmasanin Kano
  8. Aminu Dantata, Elder statesman and businessman
  9. Rabiu Kwankwaso, politician, Former Governor Of Kano State Also A Former Minister Of Defense
  10. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Current Governor of Kano State
  11. Murtala Mohammed, Former Head of States, Federal Republic of Nigeria
  12. Isyaku Rabiu, businessman
  13. Abdussamad Isyaka Rabiu, Billonaire, Businessman and Philantropist
  14. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Former Governor of Central Bank and former Emir of Kano
  15. Ibrahim Shekarau, politician, Former Governor Of Kano State And Former Minister Of Education, currently Nigerian Senate representing Kano Central
  16. Ahmad Musa, Nigerian Men’s National Team footballer

Mineral Resources found In Kano state

Kano state is blessed with abundant solid and natural minerals in form of;

  1. Silica sand
  2. Dimension stone
  3. Feldspar
  4. Kaolin/clay
  5. Uranium
  6. Niobium
  7. Tine & columbite
  8. Gold etc

Other livestock and crops grown in Kano include; cattle, sheep, poultry, rice, wheat, guinea corn, maize, beans, sesame, millet, soya beans etc.

Ceremonies and Festivals in Kano

  1. Durbar festival
  2. Hawan Dorayi
  3. Hawan Nasarawa
  4. Hawan Idi
  5. Eid al-Adha
  6. Eid al-Fitri
  7. Maulud
  8. Tashe

Tertiary Institutions in Kano State

  1. Bayero University Kano (BUK), founded in 1977
  2. Kano University of Science and Technology (KUST), founded in 2001.
  3. Yusuf Maitama Sule University Kano (YUSMUK), founded in 2012.
  4. Skyline University Nigeria (SUN), founded in 2018.
  5. Federal College of Education, Kano
  6. Federal College of Education (Technical), Bichi
  7. Federal College of Agricultural Produce Technology, Kano
  8. Kano State Polytechnic
  9. Kano State School of Health Technology
  10. Kano State School of Hygiene
  11. Kano State College of Arts, Sciences and Remedial Studies (CAS, Kano)
  12. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso College of Advance and Remedial Studies (RMK CARS, T/Wada)
  13. Audu Bako School of Agriculture, Dambatta
  14. Aminu Kano College of Islamic and Legal Studies, Kano
  15. Sa’adatu Rimi College of Education, Kano
  16. Aminu Dabo School of Health Sciences & Technology
  17. Emirate College of Science and Health Technology Riyiyar Zaki
  18. Aminu Kano Center for Democratic Research & Training
  19. Center For Research and Documentation, Kano
  20. Institute For Agricultural Research, Kano
  21. International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Kano[14]
  22. International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics, Kano
  23. Hydraulic Equipment Development Institute, Kano
  24. Digital Bridge Institute, Kano
  25. National Open University Kano Study Centre
  26. Al-Istiqama University, Sumaila
  27. Maryam Abacha American University, Kano
  28. Capital City University, Kano

Emirates in Kano State

The  state formerly has one unified Kano Emirate until 2019 when it was divided into four more; the Emirates of Rano, Gaya Karaye and Bichi. All the emirates are headed by First class Emirs, with the Emir of Kano being the Chairman of the traditional council of the state.

HRH Alh. Aminu Ado Bayero Emir of Kano
HRH. Nasiru Ado Bayero Emir of Bichi
HRH. Ibrahim Abdulkadir Emir of Gaya
HRH. Alhaji Kabiru Inuwa, Emir of Rano
HRH. Alhaji Ibrahim Abubakar, Emir of Karaye

Major Markets in Kano

  1. Kurmi Market.
  2. Kwari Market.
  3. Dawanau Market.
  4. Wambai Market
  5. Yankaba Market
  6. Yan Lemu
  7. Dawanau Market
  8. Galadima Market
  9. Yankura
  10. Rimi Market

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