First Railway Locomotive Engine


The first steam engine train to work in northern Nigeria in 1901 can still be seen at the railway platform at Minna station. It was 0-6-07½ x 12” two cylinder 2.6” gauge locomotive built by Hunslet Engine Company, England; and it ran on the 12” Wushishi-Zungeru-Barijuko Tramway back then to even haul the first train across the Kaduna river.

The steam engine facilitated construction works on the railway road that linked Zungeru to Wushishi.Niger State is known as the “Power State” because of the three hydro-electric power stations located within the state and these power stations are a sight to behold. They are the Shiroro power station, the Kainji power station, and the Jebba power station.

The Kainji National Park in New Bussa, as well as the Kainji Lake, are also situated within Niger State. The Kainji National Park is noted to be the largest national park within the country. Another attraction in Niger State is the Ladi Kwali Pottery Centre in Suleja part of the state.