|founded:||October 1, 1996|
|Governor :||Mr. Umaru Tanko Al-Makura|
|ISO 3166-2 :||NG-NA|
|Area :||27,117 km²|
|Rank in Nigeria:||15th|
|Residents :||2,523,400 (2016)|
|Population density :||93 inhabitants / km² (2016)|
|Rank in Nigeria:||36|
Nassarawa or Nasarawa is a federal state in the West African country of Nigeria with the capital Lafia , which is also the largest city in the state with 127,246 inhabitants (2005).
The state is located in the center of the country and is bordered to the north by the state of Kaduna , to the northwest by the Federal Capital Territory , to the northeast by the state of Plateau , to the south by the state of Benue , to the southwest by the state of Kogi and to the southeast by the Taraba state .
The state was formed on October 1, 1996 from part of the state of Plateau . The first administrator was Abdullahi Ibrahim between October 7, 1996 and August 1998. The first governor elected on May 29, 1999 was Abdullahi Adamu . Umaru Tanko Al-Makura has been the current governor since April 26, 2011 .
List of governors and administrators
- Abdullahi Ibrahim (Administrator 1996-1998)
- Bala Mande (Governor 1998–1999)
- Abdullahis Adamu (Governor 1999–2007)
- Aliyu Doma (governor 2007-2011)
- Umaru Tanko Al-Makura (governor since April 26, 2011)
The state is divided into 13 Local Government Areas . These are: Akwanga, Awe, Doma, Karu, Keana, Keffi, Kokona, Lafia, Nassarawa, Nassarawa-Egon, Obi, Toto and Wamba.
The main industry of Nassarawa is agriculture . The raw materials available include salt and bauxite .
Nassarawa has a well-developed road network that connects all rural areas and major cities. Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) rail links from Kuru , Gombe and Maiduguri run through Nassarawa.