Kwara State: The History
Kwara State was created on 27 May 1967, when the Federal Military Government of General Yakubu Gowon broke the four regions that then constituted the Federation of Nigeria into 12 states. At its creation, the state was made up of the former Ilorin and Kabba provinces of the then Northern Region and was initially named the West Central State but later changed to "Kwara", a local name for the River Niger.
The state has reduced considerably in size from what it use to be in 1967, as a result of further state creation exercises in Nigeria. On 13 February 1976, the Idah/Dekina part of the state was taken out and merged with a part of the then Benue/Plateau State to form Benue State.
On 27 August 1991, five local government areas, namely Oyi, Yagba, Okene, Okehi and Kogi were also excised to form part of the new Kogi State, while a sixth, Borgu Local Government Area, was merged with Niger State.
The State Now:
Kwara State is now one of the 36 states of Nigeria. Its capital is Ilorin. The primary ethnic group of Kwara State is Yoruba, with significant Nupe, Baruba and Fulani minorities.
There are now sixteen Local Government Areas in the state. They are:Asa, Baruten, Edu, Ekiti, Ifelodun, Ilorin East, Ilorin South, Ilorin West, Irepodun, Isin, Kaiama, Moro, Offa, Oke Ero, Oyun, Pategi.
Like other states in the country, Kwara State is governed by a democratically elected administration (from 29 May, 1999). At the apex of the state administration is the executive Governor and members of his executive council, comprising the Deputy Governor, the Secretary to the Government, the Head of Service, the State Commissioners and Special Advisers to the Governor. The Legislative arm of government in the state is headed by the Speaker of the House of Assembly, and supported by the Deputy Speaker, the Majority Leader, the Minority Leader and the Chief Whip House.