In this write-up, we list all local government areas and towns in Niger state. Niger is the biggest state in Nigeria in terms of landmass and one of the notable in the country, we’ll also highlight an overview of it.
Overview of Niger State
Niger state which got it name from River Niger, is the largest state in Nigeria by land mass. The state came into existence on 3rd March, 1976 when the then regime of General Murtala Mohammed created the state from North Western region. Its capital is in Minna city. Niger State is located in the north-central part of Nigeria, and it covers a land area of 76,363 square kilometres to be the largest state in the country.
Niger state shares common boundaries with Kaduna State and Federal Capital Territory, Abuja States in the East and South-East respectively, Kebbi and Zamfara in the North, Kwara and Kogi States in the South and Benin Republic in the East. Niger state is made up of mostly Nupe, Bida, Fulani, and a small variation of other ethnic groups. On religion, the state has a small majority of Muslims, with the remaining are Christians and traditional worshipers.
List of Local Government Areas and Towns in Niger State
There are twenty-five (25) local government areas in Niger State. Minna, the state’s capital is the largest city in the state. Other notable urban areas include Bida, Kontagora, and Suleja.
Here is the rundown of towns and local government areas in Niger State:
Agaie Local Government Area
Agaie LGA is one of the local government area in Niger state. It has an administrative headquarters in Agaie town. Other notable urban areas include Boku, Dauaci, Ekossa, Ekowugi, Ekobadeggi, Ekowuna, Etsugaie, Kintako, Kintifi, Kutiriko, Magaji and Tagagi.
Agwara Local Government Area
Agwara LGA of Niger State has Agwara town as it headquarter. Other notable urban areas include: Abebugur, Agwara, Akisanri, Alhaji-Da Are, Berkete, Boro Gandugi, Budo, Budo Kadinta, Budo Saidu and Budo Sule towns.
Bida Local Government Area
Bida LGA is a one of the renown local government area in Niger State. It has an headquarter in Bida, a commercial urban centre in the state. Notable urban areas and districts in Bida LGA include: Bida, Bariki, Kyari, Dokodza, Landzun, Masaba, Masaga, Wadata, Nassaratu, Umaru, Majigi, Mayaki Ndajiya and Ceniya.
Borgu Local Government Area
Borgu LGA of Niger State is headquartered in New Bussa. Towns making up this area include: Borgu, Dugga, Babana, Karsbonde, Konkoso, Malale, New Bussa, Shagunu, Wawa and Riverline.
Bosso Local Government Area
Bosso LGA is one of the local government area in Niger state. It has an headquarter domiciled in town of Maikunkele, with other urban areas like: Bejo, Beji, Bosso, Chanchaga, Garatu, Kampala, Kodo, Maikunkele, Maitumbi and Shata also making up the area.
Chanchaga Local Government Area
Chanchaga LGA is a capital local government area in Niger state. It has an administrative headquarter in Minna city, the capital of the state. As a developed area, there are lot of towns which include Babeji, Minna and the rest of other notable places.
Edati Local Government Area
Edati LGA of Niger state has an headquarter located in Enagi town. The list of notable towns in this area include: Edati, Enagi, Etsu Tasha, Gazhe, Fazhi, Gbangban, Gonagi, Guzan, Rokota and Sakpe.
Gbako Local Government Area
Gbako LGA is a local government area in Niger State. It has a capital sited in the town of Lemu, with other towns like; Gbako, Batagi, Gogata, Edokoto, Edozhigi, Etsu Audu, Gbadafu, Nuwankota and Sammajiko still making up.
Gurara Local Government Area
Gurara Local Government Area of Niger state has it headquarter in Gwan town. Notable urban areas here include: Abuchi, Baji, Boku, Bonu, Daku, Dikko, Gawu, Guna, Gurara, Gwachife, Gwari, Izom, Kabo, Kadna, Kaka, Kungo, Kungoshi and Kwaka.
Katcha Local Government Area
Katcha town acts as the administrative headquarter of this area. Some notable urban areas and districts include Katcha, Kataregi, Gbakogi, Essa, Edotsu, Bisanti, Bakeko, Badeggi, Dzwafu and Sidi Saba.
Kontagora Local Government Area
Kontagora LGA is a local government area in Niger State, It is headquartered in Kontagora town, a major town in the state. Other prominent urban areas and towns include: Arewa, Gabas, Kudu, Madara, Magajiya, Masuga, Nagwamatse, Rafin Gora, Tungan Kawo, Tunganwawa, Usalle and Yamma.
Lapai Local Government Area
Lapai LGA of Niger State has it administrative headquarters in Lapai town, where it got a name. Other notable urban areas include: Gupa, Gurdi, Kudu, Muye, Takuti, Gulu, Evuti, Arewa, Yamma, Birnin Maza, Tashibo, Gbacinku and Kpada.
Lavun Local Government Area
Lavun LGA has it capital situated in the town of Kutigi, a renown urban area in the State. Other towns here include: Busu, Batati, Dabban, Dassun, Doko, Edatti, Egbako, Gaba, Jima, Kutigi, Lagun, Mambe, Kuchi and Mambe.
Magama Local Government Area
Magama LGA is a local government area in Niger State. It has an administrative capital in Nasko town. Notable towns here include: Magama, Auna Central, Auna East, Auna Southeast, Auna East Central, Ibelu Central, Ibelu North, Ibelu West and others.
Mariga Local Government Area
Mariga LGA is one of Niger State twenty-five Local Government Areas. Notable towns here include: Mariga, Bobi, Deri, Bangi, Igwama, Kakihom, Kontokoro, Kumbashi, Maburya and Gulbin Beka.
Mashegu Local Government Area
Mashegu LGA is one of the local government area in Niger State. The notable towns and villages in the area include: Mashegu, Dapangi, Makera, Babban Rami, Ibbi Kaboji, Kulho, Kasanga, Kwotachi, Mazakuka and Likoro.
Mokwa Local Government Area
Mokwa LGA is a local government area in Niger State. It has an administrative headquarter in the town of Mokwa, where it got a name. Other notable urban areas here include: Rabba, Ndayoko, Muregi, Kudu, Takuma, Kpaki, Ja’agi, Bokani, Muwo, Gbajibo, Gbara, Jebba North and Labozhi.
Munya Local Government Area
Munya LGA is one of Niger State local government areas. With an headquarter in the central part of Sarkin Pawa town, other urban areas like Angunu, Beni, Chibani, Dandaudu, Dangunu, Daza, Fuka, G.Auta, Gini, Gwaderi, Kabula, Kazai, Kuchi, Munya, Sarkin-Pawa and Zaggaga still make up the area.
Paikoro Local Government Area
Paikoro LGA as a local government area, it has an administrative headquarter in Paikoro town. Notable urban areas here include: Paikoro, Gwam, Adumu, Chimbi, Ishau, Jere, Kafin Koro, Kwagana, Kwakuti, Nikuchi T, Paikoro Central, Tutungo Jedna and Mallam.
Rafi Local Government Area
Rafi LGA is one of Niger State local government area. It has an headquarter sited in the town of Kagara and the area consists of other towns and districts which include: Rafai, Kagara, Guna, Kusheri, Kwon, Goma, Tegina, Kongoma Central, Kongoma West, Kundu, Kushirki North, Kushirki South and Sabon Gari.
Rijau Local Government Area
Rijau LGA of Niger state has Rijau town as it administrative capital. The name of the area was gotten from the town. Urban areas here include: Rijau, Dukku, Dugge, Danrangi, Genu, Jama’are, Shambo, T/Bunu, T/Magajiya, Ushe, Genu and Warari.
Shiroro Local Government Area
Shiroro LGA is a remote local government area in Niger State. It has an headquarter situated in the city of Kuta. Other notable urban centres in this area include: Shiroro, Galkogo, Kuta, Allawa, Bassa, Bangajiya, Kukoki, Egwa, Gwada, Gussoro, Erana, Gurmana, Kurebe, Kwaki, Chukwuba, Kato, Manta and Pina.
Suleja Local Government Area
Suleja LGA counts as one of Niger State twenty-five local government areas. It has an headquarter situated in the remote town of Suleja. Notable towns in this area include: Apia, Bagama, Buru, Burum, Bwoi, Chimbi, Chizako, Dachine, Dwakoro, Gauraka, Gupena, Gusun, Hashimi, Ibo, Iku South, Kuurmin Sarki and Ikume.
Tafa Local Government Area
Tafa LGA is one of Niger State local government area. With an administrative capital in town of Wuse, other urban areas include: Tafa, Dogon-Kurmi, Garam, Ija, Iku, Jakoro, New Bwari, Wuse and Zuma.
Wushishi Local Government Area
Wushishi LGA is a local government area in Niger state. It has an headquarter in the town of Wushishi, where the area got it name from. Notable urban areas include: Wushishi, Zungeru, Tukunji, Yamigi, Sabon Gari, Maito, Lokogoma, Kwata, Kodo, Akare, Barwa, Gwarjiko and Kanwuri.
Niger State is referred to as the ‘power state’ due to the presence of two of the country’s major hydroelectric power stations: the Kainji dam and the Shiroro dam in the State. The State is also attracted to visitors, with tourist attractions like Bina Footprints, First Railway Locomotive Engine, Gurara Waterfalls, Lord Lugard Colonial Ruins and Zuma Rock being the notable fascinating sites. This article outlined the local government areas and towns in Niger State so as to give you a guide.