KAZAURE LOCAL GOVERNMENT
KAZAURE LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Kazaure Local government was created in 1976 following the finding of the Dasuki Committee, which recommended local Government Reform. Before its creation Kazaure was an Emirate under the then former Kano province. The Local Government, which is situated in the Northwest of Jigawa state, is bordered to the North by Sandamu local government area in katsina state, to the East by Babura local government area and to the South by Makoda in kano state. It is bordered to the West by Kunchi local Government of kano state. Kazaure as one of the 12 Local Government Areas that constitute the north western Senatorial Constituency of Jigawa State.
The Local Government is one of five Emirate Headquarters of JIgawa State and it has 9 districts as follows:
1. Cikin Gari
The people of Kazaure Local Government are predominantly farmers who engage themselves in both rainy and dry season farming (irrigation).
Kazaure Local Government, being a hilly area, has abundant mineral resources, such as glass, which are yet to the tapped. The area is also blessed with fertile land, dams and rivers suitable for agricultural/irrigation activities. The Local Government Area has two season – rainy and Dry Seasons. The Rainy Season starts in April and ends September of each year. The Dry Season starts in October and ends March of each year. Temperatures during the Dry Season can be as high as 390c except in December and January when temperature could be as low as 200c, and average temperature in the rainy season is 25oc.
POPULATION, PEOPLE AND CULTURE
The population of Kazaure Local Government as indicated in the 2006, census stands at 250,000. Male 130,000, Female 120,000. The semi urban area of Kanti, Dandi, Gada and Kazaure are more densely populated than other areas of the LGA. The people of Kazaure are predominantly Hausa Fulani Muslims although there are some that are Christians.
Kazaure is predominantly populated by Hausa and Fulani ethnic groups. Other predominant groups include Igbo’s, Yoruba, NUPE (the three accounting for large segment of non – indigenous population) and other numerous race far and wide.
Hausa is the predominant Language spoken in the area, English is the official language used in Education Institutions, whereas Arabic is also spoken by numerous people.
As one of the most prominent Hausa states and one of the Trans – Sahara trade route, Kazaure has a rich and glorious culture past which the people have jealously guarded since 1824. The social life of Kazaure people are characterized by festivities, cultural entertainment as well as the famous Durbar. The town is blessed with indigenous crafts men black smith, cloth makers, creative artists, poets and scholars.
Government and private companies are operating in Kazaure Local Government area. In the ‘formal’ economy there are companies, such as Gada tomatoes processing Company situated at Gada in Kazaure LGA and Rubber Crushing at Kanti Kazaure. There are 5 No filling station and 3 No banks branches in Kazaure. In the ‘informal’ economy, several people engage in trade and transportation. There are also a number of artisans, such as mechanics, welders, electricians and plumbers. A number of other service providers, such as restaurant owners, hair dressers, tailor, GSM support service providers etc, also operate in Kazaure.
Kazaure is situated in the south western part of jigawa state, with an area of about 500 square miles. It falls within the Sudan Savannah zone. It is a semi-arid region and the area is hilly with the small streams & rocks scattered all round the local Government. The minimum and maximum temperature range from 33oc and 15.85oc and fall as low as 100c during the Hamattan season between December and January, rain fall ranges from 500mm in the north to 1,200mm in the south.
Locally women cloths, the rich and colorful embroidery clothes and the beautifully decorated gourds and calabashes are indication of the people’s industrious and enterprising disposition.
As a centre of commerce, Kazaure becomes a natural attraction to clerics and scholars from other parts of Northern state and the neighboring countries. For this reason, Kazaure not only accommodates migrants but also provides them with all the necessary opportunities for live hood.
Barite, Kaolin, Lypsum and other tran – Saharan resources.
STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Kazaure Local Government operates a similar structure as at state level where the function of the executive is distinct from that of the legislature. The elected chairman is supported by a vice chairman, secretary, seven (7) supervisory Councilors and other assistants. This, together with the civil servants, constitutes the executive arm of government in Kazaure Local Government. There are eleven (11) elected Ward Councilors, representing their respective constituencies who constitute the Legislative Arm of the Kazaure LGA. This arm is headed by a speaker who is elected by and from among the 11 elected councilors. Each political ward is further divided into polling Units. Each Polling Unit is governed by ten (10) Delegates who ensure that service delivery reaches the lowest level in the society. The Local government has a staff strength of eight hundred persons within its six (8) operational Departments. Each Department is headed by a Head with the exception of Education being headed by Education Secretary under state Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).
CONTACT: KAZAURE LOCAL GOVERNMENT COUNCIL, KAZAURE.