Niger state is the largest state in Nigeria. It can be found in the North western region of Nigeria. Niger State was created on the 3rd of February 1976 from the former North western state. The state is named after River Niger. Two of Nigeria’s major hydroelectric power stations, the Kainji Dam and the Shiroro Dam are located in Niger State. As at 2005 census Niger state had a population of 3,950,249. The people in Niger state are predominantly Hausas, With a larger percentage being Muslim. Others are Christians and a few practice Traditional Religion.
Natural Resources: Talc, Gold, Ball Clay, Silica
Agricultural Resources: Rice, Maize, Sorghum, Groundnuts, Millet, Sheanut, Beans, Soya, Cotton. Niger state is well-known for arts and culture, including hand made pottery, glass beads, bangles, mat making, brass works, embroidery and dyeing.
Points of Interest: Gurara Falls in Borgu Village, Zuguma Park, Zuguma, Shiroro Hydroelectric Dam, Mungo Park’s Cenotaph, Borgu Game Reserve, Kainji National Park.
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