|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|
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.