Kwara State falls within the Northern part of Nigeria. The State has borders with the Republic of Benin –West, and the Niger River-North. Kwara State was formerly called the West Central State; later the name was changed and it took the River Niger that was the local name of Niger River. The capital of Kwara state is IIorin, located 306km inland coastal city of Lagos and 500km from Abuja (FCT). Major Towns in Kwara includes IIroin, Offa, Jebba and it has sixteen Local government Areas. iDONSABI.com presents to you the full history of ‘The State of Harmony’ as Kwara is popularly known.
History of Kwara State
Kwara State is one of the twelve States created after the split up of the four regions in Nigeria. This State was formed in 1960, by Major General Johnson Thomas. Kwara State came into existence on May 27th 1967 during the Military Government of Yakubu Gowon. Kwara state is referred to as “The State of Harmony” which forms its motto.
Kwara State Population
The national Population census result of 2006 put the population of Kwara State at 2,365,353 and the area as 36,825sq. Kilometer.
Local Government Areas in Kwara State
Kwara State has sixteen Local Government Areas.
IIorin East Ilorin West
IIorin South Ifelodun
SEE ALSO>>>History of Jigawa State<<<
Map of Kwara State
Wards in Kwara State
There are a total of 193 wards in Kwara state under its 16 local government areas.
|Asa||Adigbongbo/Awe/Orimaro,Afon, Ogele, Ago/Oja/Oshin/Sapati/Laduba, Ballah/Otte, Budo Egbe, Efue/Berikodo, Elebue/Agbona/Fata, Gambari/Aiyekale IIaOja, Odo Ode/Aboto, Ogbondoroko/Reke, Okesho, Onire/Odegiwa/Alapa,Owode/Gbogun, Yowere 11/Okeweru, Yowere/Sosoki|
|IIorin East||Agbeyangi/Gbadamu/Osin,Apado, Balogun Gambari 11, Balogun Gambari 1, Ibagun,Iponrin,Magaji Are 1,Magji Area11, Marafa/People, Maya/IIeApa, OkeOyi/Oke/Alalubosa, Zango|
|IIorin West||Adewole,Ajikobi,Baboko,Badari,Ogidi,BalogunAlanamucentral,MagajiNgeriOjuekun/Zarumi,Oko Erin,Oloje,Ubandawaki,Warrah/EgbeJila/Oshin|
|IIorin South||Akanbi 1,Akanbi 11, Akanbi 111, Akanbi 1v, Akanbiv,BalogunFulain 1,Balogun Fulain 11, BalogunFulain 111,Okaka 1, Okaka 11, Okaka 111|
|Offa||Balogun,Essa a, Essa b, Essac,Igboidun,Ojomucentral 1, Ojomu central 11, Ojomu south east, Ojomu north/north east, Shawo central, Shawo south east, ShawoSouth west|
|Oyun||Erin IIe north, Erin IIe south, Igbona, Ipee, Igosun,Ijagbo,Ikotun,IIemona,IrraInaja/Ahogbada,Ojoku|
|OkeEro||Aiyedun,Ekan, Idofin/Odo Ashe, IdofinIgbana 1, IdofinIgbana11,IIoffa,Imode/Egosi , Imoji/IIale/Erinmope, OdoOwa1, OdoOwa|
|Baruten||Boriya/Shiya,Gure/Gwasoro,Gwanara,Gwedebereru/Babane,IIeshe, Kenu/Taberu, Kpaura/Yakiru,Okuta,|
|Edu||Lafiagi 1, Lafiagi 11, Lafiagi 111, Lafiagiiv,Tsaragi 1, Tsaragi 11, Tsaragi 1 Tsaragi 111, Tsaragi 1, Tsaragi 11, Tsaragi 111|
|Isin||Alla,Edidi,IjaraIsin, Isanlu 1,Isanlu 11, Iwo, OkeAba,OkeOnigbin, Olla,OwuIsin, Sabaja/Pamo|
|Kaiama||Adena, Bani, Gwanabe 1, Gwanabe 11, Gwaria,Kaiama 1,kaiama 11, Kaiama 111, Kemanji, Wajibe|
|Moro||Abati/Alara, Ajanaku,Arobadi, Okemi, Babadudu, Bode Saadu, Ejidongari,Jebba, Lanwa,Logun/Jehunkunnu, Malete/Gbugudu, Megida, Okutala,|
Oloru,Pakunmo, Shao, WomiAyaki
|Patigi||Kpada 1, Kpada 11, Kpada 111,Lade 111, Lade 11, Lade 111, Patigi 1, Patigi 11, Patigi 111, Payigi 1v|
Major Cities in Kwara State
The major cities in Kwara state are listed below.
IIorin Offa Jebba (Niger River)
Patigi Afon Erin-IIe
IIoffa Gure Adeleke
Kaiama Osi Isanlu-Isin Egbejila
Lafiagi Igbwere Iponrin Igbaja
The Government of Kwara State
Kwara State government is divided into three arms, namely;
The Executive Arm
This is headed by the elected governor of the State, assisted by those he appoints to work with Him in the State government. ABDULFATAH AHMED is the current governor of Kwara State.
The Legislative Arm
They convene at Kwara State Assembly. This comprises of 24 members elected by the people of the 24 constituencies of Kwara State. AHMAD ALI is the speaker of the Kwara State house of Assembly.
The Judicial Arm
This is headed by the Chief Judge of the State; SULAIMAN KAWU is the current judge of Kwara State
Senatorial Districts Zones in Kwara State
There are three zones in Kwara State under which the local government areas are distributed.
• Kwara Central
• Kwara South
• Kwara North
|Zones||Local Government Areas|
|Kwara Central||Asa, IIorin East, IIorin West, IIorin South, Offa|
|Kwara South||OkeEro, Oyun, Irepodun, Ekiti, ifelodun,Isin|
|Kwara North||Baruten, Edu, Patigi, Kalama, Moro|
Economy of Kwara State
Kwara State is majorly into agriculture and the harvest Crops are Benseed, Palm nut, coffee, Kolanuts, Tabaco, cocoa, cotton.
Mineral resources are also in abundance in Kwara State. They include granite rocks, marble, feldspar, kaolin and limestone.
There are also Industries in the State that helps to boost the economy of the State and create employment. Such industries includes Tate and Lyle company, Dangote flour mill, LubconTuyio, Jeeba, Okin foam and Okin Biscuits, Kay Plastic, Sugar producing company, Kwara animal Feed Mall, Ganmo and Kwara Paper converters Limited, Erin-iLe.
Tourism-Interesting Places to visit in Kwara State
There are a lot of interesting places to visit in Kwara State including the famous Kainji Lake National Parks. Others include;
• Kainji Lake National Parks
• Agbonna Hills
• Owu Falls
• Esie Museum
• Imoleboja Rock Shelter
Federal Constituencies in Kwara State
The six federal constituencies in Kwara state are listed below.
• IIorin East/Iiorin South
• IIorin West/Asa