Niger State is a state in Central Nigeria and the largest state in the country. The state capital is Minna, and other major cities are Bida, Kontagora, Lapai, Zungeru and Suleja. It was formed in 1976 when the then North-Western State was bifurcated into Niger State and Sokoto State. The Nupe, Gbagyi, Kamuku, Kambari, Dukawa, and Hausa form the majority of numerous indigenous tribes of Niger State.

The Federal university: Federal university of technology is located in Minna which is the state capital, while the Federal polytechnic is located in Bida. The state university, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida university is located in Lapai while the sate Polytechnic is located in Zungeru. Niger state also has a federal secondary school( federal government Girls college) and medical centre (federal Medical centre) in Bida and a state hospital in minna.

The widely recognized and respected royal father, His Execellency Estsu nupe also resides in Bida.

The state is named after the River Niger. Two of Nigeria’s major hydroelectric power stations, the Kainji Dam and the Shiroro Dam, are located in Niger State, The famous Gurara Falls is in Niger State, and Gurara Local Government Area is named after the Gurara River, on whose course the fall is situated. Also situated there is Kainji National Park, the largest National Park of Nigeria, which contains Kainji Lake, the Borgu Game Reserve and the Zugurma Game Reserve.