Niger State rich in culture and tourism got its name from river Niger. The state has the biggest hydroelectric dam in Nigeria, Kanji damn were power is generated for the use of Nigerians.
Niger state also boasts of old Nupe people as well as other major tribes like the people of Kontogora. However, the major tribes consist of the Nupe, Gwari, Hausas, and the Koro, the Kadara, the Kambari, the Kamuku, the Pangu, the Bassa, the Bauchi, the Fulani, the Dukawa, the Gade, the Godara, the Ganagana, the Dukawa.
There are fascinating places to explore when you pay a visit to this state that has one of Africans Largest Rivers.
- Gurara Waterfalls.
The Gurara waterfalls is Niger’s finest which makes it one of the most largest and fascinating in Nigeria is located at Kilometer 76 along Minna-Suleja road. In the heart of Bonu village it also has a renovated mini-bar and a pavilion placed at the venue for the use of tourists.
The Bina footprint was attributed to be that of a man called Dabo, who moved from Bina to Gulu, where he observed his ablution rites for prayer and then built a mosque before moving out again to kano. The Bina footprints are visible footprints seen on a rock at a hilltop in Bina village close to Muye just a few miles away from east Lapai. It’s really something to behold.
- Lord Lugard Colonial Ruins.
The Lord Lugard Colonial Secretariat is another fascinating site to behold. This was where the first colonial masters of Nigeria ruled and used as capital. It is also were the Northern and Southern protectorates were amalgamated into the single entity called Nigeria.
- First Railway Locomotive Engine.
This was said to be the first steam engine train to work in Northern Nigeria in the year 1901, it can still be seen at the railway platform at Minna station. The railway platform which measures 0-6-07½ x 12” two cylinder 2.6”gauge locomotive was built by Hunslet Engines from England.