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Yobe State Governor: Mamman Bello Ali (ANPP) Deputy Governor: Ibrahim Geidam Date Created: 27th August, 1996 Capital City: Dama...
Governor: Mamman Bello Ali (ANPP)
Deputy Governor: Ibrahim Geidam
Date Created: 27th August, 1996
Capital City: Damaturu
Main Towns: Damaturu, Gashua, Giedam, Nguru, Potiskum.
Yobe state was carved out of the present Borno State and is bounded by Borno, Gombe, Jigawa States including the Niger Republic to the north.
Yobe State consists of 17 local government areas. These are Guiba, Fika, Nangere, fune, Giedam, Yuriubari, Yusufari, Jakusko, Gogharam, Borbari, Nguru, Machina, Damaturu, Potiskum, Tarmuwa, Karaguwa and Gularu.
The State lies mainly within the dry savannah belt and is therefore mostly hot and dry for the most part of the year except in the southern fringes where the climate is a bit mild.
Agriculture is the main occupation of the people and is also the backbone of the state's economy. Yobe State also possesses rich fishing grounds with pockets of little lakes located mostly in the northern part of the state. It is a cardinal policy of the state government to provide the inputs which would encourged the exportation of the rich agricultural resources of the State. This is done through the steady provision of such inputs as tractors, ploughs, fertilizers, pesticide etc. The State's Agricultural Mechanization Authority (YOSAMA) was set up to facilitate the provision and distribution of these inputs.
Agricultural products for which Yobe State is known include cattle which is found in abundance. In fact the state is reputed to have the largest cattle markets in West Africa located in Potiskum. Others are high grade gum arabic, groundnuts, beans, cotton etc. Mineral resources include portest gypsum in Fika and Gujba. Deposits of kaolin and quartz have been known to exist income parts of the state.
Yobe state has made giant stride in the field of education with numerous primary schools (631) and enrolment of 221183 pupils with 7215 teachers. There are 31 post-primary schools, a College of Education, Federal College of Education and an Institute of Management both in Potisktim.
In the health sector, there are eight General Hospitals, 40 Health Centres, and 335 Public Health Offices and one Primary Health Centre. Plans are underway to upgrade to a Specialist Hospital the Damaturu General Hospital.
Yobe state is culturally and historically endowed. It is well known for its captivating Durbar festivals, impressive Sallah ceremonies, and the Fishing and Cultural Festivals held annually in Jakusko Local Government area of the state.
Tourist Attraction in Yobe State
Dokshi Spring Water in Gulani Local Gov t Area; Bade fishing festival in Jakusko Local Govt Area; Dagona Bird Sanctuary in Nguru and Bade Local Government Areas; 8,000 years old Dufuna Canoe, excavated from Dufuna Village in Fune Local Government Area, Museum of Emir of Fika Palace in Potiskum; Ruins of Birnin Gazargamo in Yunusari Local Government Area, Sand Dunes in Yunusari, Yusufari, Machina and Geidam Local Government Areas and Kadi Gorge in Fika Local Government and the Nguru-Hadeja Wetland.