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Nasarawa State and Schools


Nasarawa State In The North Central Zone Of Nigeria Was Created On 1 October 1996, With Lafla As The Capital. The State Has An Area Of About 27,117 Square Kilometres And An Estimated Population Of 3.1 Million With Thirteen Local Government Areas And Seventeen Development Areas. It Shares A Boundary With The Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. This Proximity To Nigeria’s Fast-growing Capital Has Steadily Guaranteed A Fast-moving Market For Various Agricultural Crops And Products From Nasarawa State And Has Facilitated The Pace Of The State’s Economic Growth. However, The Corresponding Influx Of People Has Put Enormous Pressure On The Available Social Infrastructure.

Apart From The State-owned Nasarawa State University Located In Keffi, Other Institutions Of Higher Learning Include The College Of Education In Akwanga, College Of Agriculture In Lafia, Nasarawa State Polytechnic And The School Of Nursing And Midwifery Both Located Also In Lafia, The School Of Health Technology In Keffi, And Federal Polytechnic In Nasarawa.

The State Has Vast Agricultural Resources And Is Richly Endowed With Large Deposits Of Solid Minerals, Such As Coal (With Good Coking Properties), Barytes, Limestone, Kaolin, Salt, And Marble. Expectedly, Nasarawa State Is Referred To As The “home Of Solid Minerals”. Export Of Agricultural Products To Other Parts Of The Country Is A Major Economic Activity That Has Now Been Broadened With Regular Shipment Of Large Quantities Of A Special Variety Of Yam Overseas. The States Rich Natural Endowments Are Complemented By A Large Reservoir Of Human Resources. In Spite Of All These, The People Have Remained Impoverished And Underdeveloped. The State Is One Of The States Classified By The Federal Government As Being Educationally Disadvantaged.

To Meet The Challenges Facing The State And The Country In General, Federal University Lafia Has Adopted Advanced Training In The Fields Of Science, Humanities, Social Sciences, Agriculture, Engineering And Medicine As Part Of Its Major Goal. The University Is Mounting Programmes That Shall Help Develop The Requisite Capacities In These Fields Which Are Relevant To Socio-economic Development Of The State. The University Shall Produce Graduates That Can Create Jobs, And Make Positive Impact By Adapting To The Ever-changing Labour Situations In The Country.

The Proprietor Of The Federal University Lafia Is The Federal Government Of Nigeria. While The Visitor Is His Excellency, The President And Commander In Chief Of The Armed Forces Of The Federal Republic Of Nigeria.


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