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Niger State
State nickname: The Power State
Location
Statistics
Governor
(List)
Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu (PDP)
Date Created 3 February 1976
Capital Minnamarker
Area 76,363 kmĀ²
Ranked 1st
Population
1991 Census
2005 estimate

Ranked 18th
2,482,367
4,082,558

GDP
 -Total
 -Per Capita

2007 (estimate)
$6.00 billion
$1,480

ISO 3166-2 NG-NI


Niger State is a state in the western part of Nigeriamarker and the largest state in the country. The state capital is Minnamarker, and other major cities are Bidamarker, Kontagoramarker, and Sulejamarker. It was formed in 1976 when the then North-Western State was bifurcated into Niger State and Sokoto Statemarker.

The state is named for the River Niger. Two of Nigeria's major hydroelectric power stations, the Kainji Dammarker and the Shiroro Dam, are located in Niger State; also situated there is Kainji National Park, the largest National Park of Nigeria, which contains Kainji Lakemarker.

Government

Like the majority of Nigerian states, it is governed by a Governor and a House of Assembly. Under the administration of Mu'azu Aliyu Babangida on January 13, 2000, the state has adopted sharia law as the code of law, even though the population of the state has been historically evenly divided between Muslims and Christians.

Administrative subdivisions

Niger State is divided into 25 Local Government Areas.




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