Taraba state
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  • Date Created August 27, 1991
  • Capital Jalingo
  • Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku
  • Land Area 54,473 sq km (21,032 sq mi)
  • Population 2,294,800
  • GDP $3.40 billion

Local Government Areas in Taraba State Expand

History of Taraba

Taraba is a state in North-Eastern Nigeria, named after the Taraba River which traverses the southern part of the state. Taraba's capital is Jalingo. The inhabitants are major of the Chamba, Fulani, and Mumuye tribes.

Taraba State is bounded in the west by Nasarawa State and Benue State, northwest by Plateau State, north by Bauchi State and Gombe State, northeast by Adamawa State, and south by Nord-Ouest Province, claimed by both Ambazonia and Cameroon.

Taraba State lies largely within the middle of Nigeria and consists of an undulating landscape dotted with a few mountainous features. These include 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.

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