Taraba State


Taraba State was carved out of the former Gongola State on 27th August 1991 by the then regime of General Ibrahim Babangida. Taraba State is named after the Taraba River which traverses the southern part of the state. Taraba's capital is Jalingo.

Situated in the North Eastern part of Nigeria, Taraba State occupies 54,473 squarekilometers. Taraba state is bounded in the West by Plateau, Nassarawa and Benue states, on the eastern border by Adamawa State and the Republic of Cameroon, and on the northern border by Gombe State.

Taraba State lies largely within the middle of Nigeria and consists of undulating landscape dotted with a few mountainous features. These includes the scenic and prominent Mambilla Plateau. The state lies largely within the tropical zone and has a vegetation of low forest in the southern part and grassland in the northern part. The Mambilla Plateau with an altitude of 1,800 meters (6000 ft) above sea level has a temperate climate all year round.

Rivers Benue, Donga, Taraba and Ibi are the main rivers and rise from the Cameroon mountains, straining almost the entire length of the state in the North and South direction to link up with the River Niger.


Darius Dickson Ishaku, FNIA, FNITP (born 30 July 1954) is a Nigerian architect, urban planner, university lecturer and politician. He is a member of the People's Democratic Party and the Governor of Taraba State.

The Taraba State government house serves as the Official home to the state governor or chief state executive of the state and their families. It is the official venue for events such as the state's executive council meetings, government conferences, swearing in of cabinet members and of course the Governor's official business. It can also be used as receptions and functions hosted by individuals; some arms of the state government also have offices at the state government house.


The Main Occupation of The People of Taraba Is Agriculture. Cash Crops in The State Are Coffee, Tea, Maize, Rice, Yam, Millet, Beans, Groundnut, Sourghum, Palm Oil, Honey, Cassava, And Cotton.

Cattle, Sheep, Goats Are Also Reared in Large Quantity for Commercial Purposes. The People Also Engage in Poultry, Piggery, Fisheries. The People Living Around the Rivers Engage in Fishing For Commercial Purposes.


There Are 16 Local Government Area And 1 Development Area Viz:

  • Ardo Kola,
  • Bali,
  • Donga,
  • Gashaka,
  • Gassol,
  • Ibbi,
  • Jalingo,
  • Karim Lamido,
  • Kurmi,
  • Lau,
  • Sardauna,
  • Takum,
  • Ussa,
  • Wukari,
  • Yorro,
  • Zing,
  • And Yangtu Development Area.


  • Agates
  • Amethyst-Quatz
  • Barite
  • Bauxite
  • Bentolitic Clay
  • Beryle
  • Calcite
  • Cassiterite
  • Copper Ore
  • Fluorite
  • Galena
  • Gold
  • Graphite
  • Quartz
  • Rutile
  • Sapphire
  • Topaz
  • Uranium
  • Zircon
  • Zinc Ore


  • Commercial Fishing Business
  • Travels and Tours Business
  •  Mat Making Cottage Company
  •  Cattle, Sheep and Goat Rearing Business
  • Poultry Farm
  • Coffee and Tea Farming Business
  • Rice Production
  • Bakery Business
  • Carpentry Workshop
  • Business Centre


Taraba State Has 8 Tertiary Instituitions; 

  • Federal University Wukari,
  • Taraba State University,
  • Kwararafa University,
  • College of Education,
  • College of Agriculture,
  • Taraba State Polytechnic,
  • School of Nursing and Mid-Wifery,
  • College for Health Technology.


Construction of Culvert

Construction of 3.0m x 3.0m x 4 cells box culvert @ Tunari, Wukari LGA:Construction of 3.0m x 3.0m x 4 cells box culvert @ Tunari, Wukari LGA.

Drilling and installation of manual hand boreholes.

Drilling and installation of manual hand pump boreholes at gese, zongo, yamma and yinna area of Rafin-kada community in Wukari local government area.

Construction of Kashimbila Multipurpose Dam

The dam was initially designed with an installed capacity of 18MW, however, following the detailed hydrological modelling and yield analysis carried out by Aurecon, a 40MW installed capacity was recommended, which was accepted and implemented.The multipurpose dam will have the capacity to generate electricity, a water treatment plant capable of supplying 60,000 cubic meters of water to about 400,000 people, irrigation facility of about 2,000 hectares and an airstrip.


Construction of classrooms 

Construction of a block of 3 classrooms at Gamji Group, Gassol LGA Class.

Rural electrification 

Connection of electrification to National grid @ Filikwara, Takum Local Government Area