Niger State is a state in the western part Nigeria and the largest state in the country. The state capital is Minna, and other major cities are Bida, Kontagora, and Suleja. It was formed in 1976 when the then North-Western State was bifurcated into Niger State and Sokoto State.
The state is named for the River Niger. Two of Nigeria's major hydroelectric power stations, the Kainji Dam and the Shiroro Dam, are located in Niger State; also situated there is Kainji National Park, the largest National Park of Nigeria, which contains Kainji Lake.
Niger State is divided into 25 Local Government Areas
* Agaie * Agawara * Bida * Borgu * Bosso * Chanchaga * Edati * Gbako * Gurara * Katcha * Kontagora * Lapai * Lavun
* Magama * Mariga * Mashegu * Mokwa * Moya * Paikoro * Rafi * Rijau * Shiroro * Suleja * Tafa * Wushishi