Location of Kano State in Nigeria
|Date created||May 27, 1967|
|• Governor||Ibrahim Shekarau (ANPP)|
|• Total||20,131 km2 (7,773 sq mi)|
|Area rank||20th of 36|
(2006 census)1 (population disputed)
|• Rank||1st of 36|
|• Density||660/km2 (1,700/sq mi)|
|• Total||$12.39 billion|
|• Per capita||$1,288|
|Time zone||UTC+01 (WAT)|
|ISO 3166 code||NG|
|^1 Preliminary results|
Kano State is a state located in North-Western Nigeria. Created on May 27, 1967 from part of the Northern Region, Kano state borders Katsina State to the north-west, Jigawa State to the north-east, Bauchi State to the south-east and Kaduna State to the south-west. The capital of Kano State is Kano.
The state originally included Jigawa State which was made a separate state in 1991.
Economy and society
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Historically, Kano State has been a commercial and agricultural state, which is known for the production of groundnuts as well as for its solid mineral deposits. The state has more than 18,684 square kilometres (7,214 sq mi) of cultivable land and is the most extensively irrigated state in the country.
Kano State has in recent years being a centre of religious and ethnic violence in Nigeria. It also opposed the polio vaccination programme.
Foreign investments and investors can be seen all over the city. It is arguably within the first five states in terms of commercial activity within Nigeria. Kano also has traditionally received the largest proportion of centrally collected (mostly oil) revenues. From 1990-96 Kano received 10.9% of allocated revenue. In contrast, the next highest state was Sokoto State, receiving 3.5%, with Abuja, Lagos State, and Akwa Ibom State receiving 3.2% each.
Kano's once booming manufacturing sector has been stagnant over the last 15 years. Largely due to epileptic[ambiguous] power supply. Plans are being considered to build a Nuclear Power Station in the North-Eastern region of Nigeria. The plant is to be fueled from Uranium mined in neighbouring Gombe state and supplied over a rail network.
Local Government Areas
The state is home to 44 Local Government Areas (LGAs):
|LGA Name||Area (sq.km)||Census 2006
|Kano Municipal||17||665,525||Kofar Kudu||700|
|Kano Metropolitan Area||499||3,628,861||700|
|Dawakin Tofa||479||247,875||Dawakin Tofa||701|
|Rimin Gado||225||104,790||Rimin Gado||701|
|Northern Kano State||8,332||3,143,899||701 to 704|
|Tudun Wada||1,204||231,742||Tudun Wada||710|
|Garun Mallam||214||116,494||Garun Mallam||711|
|Dawakin Kudu||384||225,389||Dawakin Kudu||713|
|Southern Kano State||11,554||3,410,922||710 to 713|
The official language of Kano State is English but the Hausa language is commonly spoken. Ibrahim Ado-Kurawa (2003). "Brief History of Kano 999 to 2003". http://www.kanostate.net/. Kano State Government Nigeria. Retrieved 2009-12-07. External link in
According to the 2006 census figures from Nigeria Kano State had a population totalling 9,383,682. The credibility of the census has been disputed most noticeably by Gani Fawehinmi - a Lagos-based advocate and activist. The state is mostly populated by Hausa people.
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- ↑ See List of Governors of Kano State for a list of prior governors
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 "C-GIDD (Canback Global Income Distribution Database)". Canback Dangel. Retrieved 2008-08-20.
- ↑ Urban Policy in the New Scotland: The Role of Social Inclusion Partnerships - Space and Polity
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