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36 States of Nigeria

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36 states of Nigeria

36 States of Nigeria

Nigerian State (Capital)

  1. Abia State (Umuahia)
  2. Adamawa State (Yola)
  3. Akwa Ibom State (Uyo)
  4. Anambra State (Awka)
  5. Bauchi State (Bauchi)
  6. Bayelsa State (Yenagoa)
  7. Benue State (Makurdi)
  8. Borno State (Maiduguri)
  9. Cross River State (Calabar)
  10. Delta State (Asaba)
  11. Ebonyi State (Abakaliki)
  12. Edo State (Benin City)
  1. Ekiti State (Ado Ekiti)
  2. Enugu State (Enugu)
  3. Gombe State (Gombe)
  4. Imo State (Owerri)
  5. Jigawa State (Dutse)
  6. Kaduna State (Kaduna)
  7. Kano State (Kano)
  8. Katsina State (Katsina)
  9. Kebbi State (Birnin Kebbi)
  10. Kogi State (Lokoja)
  11. Kwara State (Ilorin)
  12. Lagos State (Ikeja)
  1. Nasarawa State (Lafia)
  2. Niger State (Minna)
  3. Ogun State (Abeokuta)
  4. Ondo State (Akure)
  5. Osun State (Oshogbo)
  6. Oyo State (Ibadan)
  7. Plateau State (Jos)
  8. Rivers State (Port Harcourt)
  9. Sokoto State (Sokoto)
  10. Taraba State (Jalingo)
  11. Yobe State (Damaturu)
  12. Zamfara State (Gusau)
 

Abuja Federal Capital Territory


Nigeria is a federation of 36 states with federal capital territory - Abuja. The Federal Capital Territory, also known as FCT, is the capital of Nigeria. The Abuja FCT is not a state but is administered by a Federal Minister appointed by the President as part of his cabinet.

Each state in NIgeria is sub-divided into Local Government Areas (LGAs). There are a total of 774 local government areas in Nigeria.
 

State Creation in Nigeria

At independence in October 1, 1960, Nigeria has three (3) regions:
1) Northern Region
2) Western Region
3) Eastern Region

In 1963, a new region, the Mid-Western Region, was created from the Western Region.
Then four years later in 1967, the regions were replaced by 12 states by military decree by the then Head of State General Yakubu Gowon, namely;

In 1976, seven new states were created by military decree by the then Head of State General Murtala Mohammed bringin the total to 19 states, including the Federal Capital Territory Abuja.

1960 - 1963 (4 Regions) 1967 (12 States) 1976 (19 States)
NORTHERN REGION
  1. North-Western State
  2. North-Eastern State
  3. Kano State
  4. North Central State
  5. Benue-Plateau State
  6. Kwara State
  1. Bauchi State
  2. Benue State
  3. Borno State
  4. Gongola State
  5. Kaduna State
  6. Kano State
  7. Kwara State
  8. Niger State
  9. Plateau State
  10. Sokoto State
WESTERN REGION
  1. Western State
  2. Lagos State
  1. Lagos State
  2. Ogun State
  3. Ondo State
  4. Oyo State
MID WESTERN REGION
  1. Mid-Western State
  1. Bendel State
EASTERN REGION
  1. East Central State
  2. Rivers State
  3. South-Eastern State
  1. Anambra State
  2. Cross River State
  3. Imo State
  4. Rivers State




Abuja was carved from parts Kwara, Niger, Kaduna and Plateau States with the bulk of landmass carved out of Niger State

In 1987, the then military President General Ibrahim Babangida created two new states were created - Akwa Ibom State from Cross River State and Kastina State from Kaduna State, bringing the number to 21 States.
Four years later (1991), General Babangida created an additional nine (9) states bringing the total to 30 States. Finaly in 1996, the then military Head of State General Ibrahim Abacha created six (sixe more states, bringing the total to 36 states, which remains till present date.
 
1976 (19 States) 1987 (21 States) 1991 (30 States) 1996 (36 States)
  1. Bauchi State
  2. Benue State
  3. Borno State
  4. Gongola State
  5. Kaduna State
  6. Kano State
  7. Kwara State
  8. Niger State
  9. Plateau State
  10. Sokoto State
  1. Bauchi State
  2. Benue State
  3. Borno State
  4. Gongola State
  5. Kaduna State
  6. Kano State
  7. Katsina State
  8. Kwara State
  9. Niger State
  10. Plateau State
  11. Sokoto State
  1. Adamawa State
  2. Bauchi State
  3. Benue State
  4. Borno State
  5. Jigawa State
  6. Kaduna State
  7. Kano State
  8. Katsina State
  9. Kebbi State
  10. Kogi State
  11. Kwara State
  12. Niger State
  13. Plateau State
  14. Sokoto State
  15. Taraba State
  16. Yobe State
  1. Adamawa State
  2. Bauchi State
  3. Benue State
  4. Borno State
  5. Gombe State
  6. Jigawa State
  7. Kaduna State
  8. Kano State
  9. Katsina State
  10. Kebbi State
  11. Kogi State
  12. Kwara State
  13. Nasarawa State
  14. Niger State
  15. Plateau State
  16. Sokoto State
  17. Taraba State
  18. Yobe State
  19. Zamfara State
  1. Lagos State
  2. Ogun State
  3. Ondo State
  4. Oyo State
  1. Lagos State
  2. Ogun State
  3. Ondo State
  4. Oyo State
  1. Lagos State
  2. Ogun State
  3. Ondo State
  4. Osun State
  5. Oyo State
  1. Ekiti State
  2. Lagos State
  3. Ogun State
  4. Ondo State
  5. Osun State
  6. Oyo State
  1. Bendel State
  1. Bendel State
  1. Edo State
  2. Delta State
  1. Edo State
  2. Delta State
  1. Anambra State
  2. Cross River State
  3. Imo State
  4. Rivers State
  1. Anambra State
  2. Akwa Ibom State
  3. Cross River State
  4. Imo State
  5. Rivers State
  1. Abia State
  2. Anambra State
  3. Akwa Ibom State
  4. Cross River State
  5. Enugu State
  6. Imo State
  7. Rivers State
  1. Abia State
  2. Anambra State
  3. Akwa Ibom State
  4. Bayelsa State
  5. Cross River State
  6. Ebonyi State
  7. Enugu State
  8. Imo State
  9. Rivers State




 

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