Brief History of Kwara state
Kwara State was created on 27 May 1967, when the Federal Military Government of General Yakubu Gowon broke the four regions that then constituted the Federation of Nigeria into 12 states. At its creation, the state was made up of the former Ilorin and Kabba provinces of the then Northern Region and was initially named the West Central State but later changed to “Kwara”, a local name for the River Niger .
Kwara (state of harmony) is a state in Western Nigeria. Its capital is Ilorin . Kwara is located within the North Central geopolitical zone, commonly referred to as the Middle Belt . The primary ethnic group is Yoruba , with significant Nupe, Bariba , and Fulani minorities. As of 2006, the population of Kwarans (residents of the state are sometimes referred to as Kwarans) was 2.37 million based on the Nigeria 2006 Census . This population size constitutes about 1.69% of the Nation’s total population having relied upon immigration for population growth and socioeconomic development. Kwara State consists of sixteen Local Government Areas.
Institutions in Kwara State
Kwara has a federal university: the University of Ilorin, a state university: Kwara State University, it is also home to three Private universities: Landmark University , Omu-Aran, Crown Hill University , Eiye N’korin and Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin. Kwara state has five universities in total (both public and private), two polytechnics: Kwara State Polytechnic and Federal Polytechnic Offa, three colleges: the Kwara State College of Education, Ilorin, College of Health Technology, Offa and Kwara State College of Nursing and Midwifery, Ilorin. There is also a navy school and aviation college, International Aviation College, Ilorin.
Economy and Natural Resources in the State
Agriculture is the main source of the economy and the principal cash crops are: cotton, cocoa , coffee, Kolanut, tobacco, beniseed and palm produce.
Mineral resources in the state are Gold, limestone, marble, feldspar, clay, kaolin, quartz and granite rocks.
Industry in the State
Industries in the state include Dangote Flour Mill, Lubcon Lubricant Company, Kam Industries Nigeria Ltd, Tuyil Pharmacy Nig Ltd, Padson Industries NiG Ltd, Kwara Breweries, Ijagbo Global Soap and Detergent Industry, United Match Company, Tate and Lyle Company, Resinoplast Plastic Industry, Phamatech Nigeria Limited, Kwara Textile and Kwara Furniture Company all in Ilorin. Others are Paper Manufacturing Industry, Jebba, Okin Foam and Okin Biscuits, Offa, Kay Plastic, Ganmo and Kwara Paper Converters Limited, Erin-ile. Others are Sugar Producing Company, Bacita, Kwara animal Feed Mall, Ilorin and the Agricultural Products Company.
Tourism in Kwara State
Important tourist attractions in Kwara State include: Esie Museum , Owu Falls, Imoleboja Rock Shelter, Ogunjokoro, Kainji Lake National Parks and Agbonna Hill Awon Mass Wedding in Shao. There is also Sobi Hill amongst others which is the largest landform in Ilorin, the state capital.
Ilorin airport is also one of the tourist attractions in Kwara state. The Nigerian Railway Corporation extends services from Lagos through the state to the northern part of the country. The Ilorin Airport is a major center for both domestic and international flights and has now been built up into a hub for transportation of cargoes.
Notable People in the State
Notable People like Abubakar Olusola Saraki, Abdulfatah Ahmed, Adamu Atta, Adebayo Salami, Ahmed Mohammed Inuwa, Bukola Saraki, Cornelius Adebayo, David Bamigboye, David Oyedepo, Gbemisola Ruqayyah Saraki, Ibrahim Gambari, Joseph Ayo Babalola, Lágbája, Mustapha Akanbi, Mohammed Lawal, Mohammed Shaaba Lafiagi, Salaudeen Latinwo, Salihu Modibbo Alfa Belgore, Simon Ajibola, Theophilus Bamigboye, Tunde Idiagbon, Wasiu Alabi Pasuma, Ola Ibrahim.
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