January 24, 2022

Zamfara State is a state in Nigeria located in the northwest of the country. The area of ​​the state is 39,762 km². Population - 3 278 873 people. (2006). The administrative center is the city of Guso.


It is bordered to the north by the state of Niger, to the northwest and west by the state of Sokoto, to the south by the states of Niger, Kaduna and Kebbi, and to the east by the state of Katsina.


Zamfara State was created in 1996 from the Sokoto State. The state was the first territory in Nigeria to formally adopt sharia law at the legislative level.

Power and administrative divisions

The state is divided into 14 local government areas. The governor is Abdulaziz Abubakar Yari.


As in neighboring states, the majority of the population (80%) is employed in agriculture. The main crops grown in the region are corn, millet, maize, peanuts, rice, cotton, tobacco, etc. Since the 2000s, the Zamfara authorities have pursued a policy of encouraging entrepreneurs (both local and foreign) in terms of investing in the development of the industrial sector . The state has established industrial production of textiles (Zamfara Textile Industries Limited), vegetable oil (Gusau Oil Mill) and others. The lands of Zamfara are rich in minerals. Gold, granite, mica, quartz, chromium, etc. are mined here. However, mining is sometimes carried out on semi-legal and illegal grounds. As a result, not only nature is harmed, but also the health of people working directly in this area.


There are a number of attractions in Zamfar that attract the attention of tourists: the ancient city of Jata, the Kvatarkvashi waterfall, Kalale (the reservoir is the habitat of hippos) and a number of others.


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