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History

Niger State was carved out of the former North-Western State by the late Head of State, General Murtala Ramat Mohammed in February, 1976. It however came to being on 1st April, the same year. Before the creation of one additional Local Government Area (Shiroro Local Government Area) from the former Chanchaga Local Government by Babangida’s administration in 1987, the State was constitutionally administered under nine (9) Local Governments. With the above development therefore, the State was later administered under ten (10) Local Government Areas. With creation of additional States and Local Governments in 1991 by President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, four (4) more local governments were created in the State. They are Rijau Local Government with headquarters at Rijau while its former name, Magama was transferred to Nasko as its headquarters; parts of Mariga and newly merged Borgu Local Government to the State from Kwara State were carved out to form Agwara Local Government with headquarters at Agwara. Wushishi Local Government was also carved out from Mariga Local Government with headquarters at Wushishi.

Another creation of additional local governments on 19th September, 1991 gave birth to five local governments in the State. Gurara Local Government was carved out of the present Suleja Local Government, Gawu-Babangida as its headquarters, Paikoro and Bosso Local Government Areas were created from the former Chanchaga Local Government, with Paiko and Maikunkele as Local Government Headquarters respectively. What remained of the former Chanchaga Local Government headquarters has also retained its name, Chanchaga. Gbako Local Government was split into two (2) and the name Gbako transferred to a local government with headquarters at Lemu, while Bida became the Local Government headquarters of the newly created Bida Local Government Area. Lavun was split into two (2). This action gave birth to the creation of Mokwa Local Government with headquarters at Mokwa while Kutigi remains the headquarters of Lavun Local Government Area. The remaining four local government areas, Shiroro, Agaie, Lapai, Rafi remain untouched.

With the creation of additional States and Local Government Areas in 1996 by the Head of State General Sani Abacha, six (6) more Local Governments were created in the State. These are Tafa Local Government with headquarters at New-Wuse carved out of Suleja Local Government; Edati Local Government with headquarters at Enagi carved out of Lavun Local Government; Muya Local with headquarters at Sarkin Pawa carved out of Shiroro Local Government; Mashegu Local Government, with headquarters at Mashegu carved out of Wushishi Local Government; Katcha Local Government with headquarters as Bangi carved out of Kontagora Local Government Area. Constitutionally, the State is now administered under 25 Local Governments.
 

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