Plateau State

About Plateau State

Plateau state is found in the NorthCentral zone of Nigeria with Jos as the state’s capital. Plateau state shares boundaries with Bauchi, Kaduna, Nasarawa and Taraba states. Popular towns in Plateau state include Riyom, Wase, Kanam, Kanke, and Pankshin.

The tribes found in Plateau state include the Berom, Buji, Jarawa, Amo, Afizere, Anaguta, Aten, Bogghom, Chip, Fier, Gashish, Goemai, Irigwe, Kofyar, Montol, Mushere, Mupun, Mwaghavul, Ngas, Piapung, Pyem, Ron-kulere, Bache, Talet, Tarok, Youm,  and the Jukun with Hausa and English as the widely spoken languages. With a total of 17 Local Government Areas which include Barkin Ladi, Bassa, Bokkos, Jos east, Jos North, Jos south, Kanam, Kanke, Langtang north, Langtang south, Mangu, Mikang, Pankshin, Qua'an Pan, Riyom, Shendam, and Wase,  Plateau state has an estimated total population of 3,178,712 people. Islam and Christianity are the most widely practiced religions while landmarks include the University of Jos, Museum of traditiona Nigeria Architecture, Shere hills, Riyom Rock, Pandam Game Reserve and Lake, Kahwang Rock formation, Miango Rest House, National Museum Jos, Jos zoological gardens, Wase Rock, Assop falls, Kura falls, Lake Pudong, Wildlife Safari Park, Panyam fish farm, and the Jos zoo.

Popular local delicacies in Plateau state include Acha and Kulikuli which is a widely eaten snack made from groundnuts. Tertiary Institutions found in Plateau state include the Nigerian College of Accountancy Jos, College of Arts, Science and Technology Kurgwi, College of Education Jos, College of Health Technology Zawan, ECWA Information and Computer Science Institute Jos, Federal College of Education Pankshin, Federal College of Veterinary and Medical Laboratory Technology Vom, University of Jos and the Plateau state Polytechnic. Important festivals held in Plateau state include the Nzem Berom, Wushiri cultural, Afizere cultural, Taroh, Irigwe, Puus Kaat, Thaar cultural Ron kulere, Boggham cultural, Mushere, Zarachi, and Vwang festivals.     



The Governor of Plateau State is Simon Lalong.


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Plateau state has a total area of 30,913 km squared and the topography is characterized by breathtaking rock formations spread across the State.

The average temperature is 20 degrees centigrade with temperatures at night being much lower than other parts of the country. The distinct seasons in Plateeau state include the dry and rainy seasons with total annual rainfall estimated at 2450 mm.


Plateau state is rich in Tin deposits and the mining of tin provides a major source of  livelihood for the State’s population. Other mineral resources found in Plateau state include Columbite, tantalite, wolframite, Kaolin, Zircon, Uranium, lead, Iron ore, and Magnetite. Also, a good percentage of the state’s inhabitants engage in Agriculture with crops such as irish potatoes, groundnuts, tomatoes, salads, and vegetables produced in substantially large quantities.

Animal rearing is also a popular economic engagement in Plateau state. Trade is another important aspect of the economy of Plateau state with the state hosting several markets such as the Jos Main market, Katako market Jos, Kara Cattle market, Makera market, and the Tomato market. 



Plateau state was created in 1976 from the old Benue-Plateau state. Past Governors/Administrators of Plateau state include

Joseph Gomwalk- 1966-1975

Joshua Anaja- 1978-1979

Solomon Lar- 1979-1983

Samuel Atukum- 1984- 1985

Chris Alli- 1985-1986

Lawrence Onoja- 1986-1988

Aliyu Kama- 1988-1990

Joshua Madaki- 1990-1992

Fidelis Tapgun- 1992- 1993

Mohammed Mana- 1993-1996

Habibu Idris Shuaibu- 1996-1998

Musa Shehu- 1998-1999

Joshua Dariye- 1999-2007

Jonah Jang- 2007-2015

Simon Lalong- 2015- date.


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