List of Local Governments in Adamawa State


Adamawa state is one of the 36 states of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Adamawa state is located in North-Eastern Nigeria. The capital of Adamawa state is Yola and is the largest city in the state. Adamawa itself is one of the largest states in all of Nigeria. In 1991, when Taraba State was carved out from Gongola State, the geographical entity of Gongola State was renamed Adamawa State. The state was given four administrative divisions: Adamawa, Michika, Ganye, Mubi and Numan. Adamawa is home to the famous American University of Nigeria in Yola and other institutions such as the Modibbo Adama University of Technology Yola, Adamawa State Polytechnic, Yola and Adamawa State College of Nursing and Midwifery. Adamawa shares borders with the states of Borno to the northwest, Gombe state to the West and Taraba state to the Southwest and Cameroon to its East. Adamawa state is a mountainous land crossed by the large river valleys.

The major occupation of the indigenes of Adamawa is farming. Major cash crops grown in Adamawa state are cotton and groundnuts while food crops include maize, yam, cassava, guinea corn, millet and rice. While inhabitants of villages situated on the banks of the rivers engage in fishing. Fulanis, another major ethnic group in Adamawa state engage in cattle rearing. There are 21 local government areas in Adamawa State. This article covers a list of Local government areas in Adamawa state and other details you want to know about these LGA’s. If you want to know about the local government areas of Adamawa state, read on below:

List of Local Governments in Adamawa State

List of Local Governments in Adamawa State


Demsa is one of the Local Government Area of Adamawa state with headquarters located in Demsa. Demsa is situated on the Benue River. The local government has a population of about 180,251 people. The major ethnic groups in Demsa are Bachama, Batta, Yandang, Bille, Mbula, Maya, Bare and Fulani tribe.


Fufore is both a town and Local Government Area in Adamawa State.


Ganye is a town and Local Government Area in Adamawa State. Ganye later gave birth to Jada and Toungo Local Government Areas. The soil of Ganye is the loamy type. This makes it fertile and very suitable for farming and also makes Ganye, the hub of agriculture in Adamawa state. Ganye is in fact given the title of  ‘the food basket of the state’.


Girei lies on the Benue River. The dominant tribe in the Girei area are the Fulbe or Fulani. The primary occupation of the inhabitants of Girei is farming and cattle rearing. Girei is also home to Radio Gotel, one of the most popular radio stations in the state.


Gombi town is the local government headquarter of Gombi Local Government Area of Adamawa State.


Guyuk is a town and local government area in Adamawa State. The local ethnic group located in Guyuk is the Longuda people. Guyuk has many limestone deposits and is located along the Numan-Biu road.


Jada is a town and Local Government Area that was birthed from Ganye local government area. Jada is part of the Chamba land while Ganye (the food basket of Adamawa state) remains the mother of the whole chamba land. Ganye, Other areas occupied by Chamba people (samba or sama) are Jada, Toungo, and some part of Mayo Belwa.


Lamurde is a Local Government Area in Adamawa State inhabited predominantly by the Bwatiye (Bachama) people.


Madagali is also known as Madagli. It is a town and local government area in Adamawa State. Madagali is adjacent to the border with Cameroon. The local government area was created in 1991 when Taraba State was created out of Gongola State. There are many ethnic groups in Madagali, however, MarghiMaffa and Fulani are the major ethnic languages. The major villages in Madagali are Gulak and Shuwa villages. Madagali is abundantly blessed with fertile land which makes agriculture the primary means of making money for the inhabitants.


Maiha is a town is adjacent to the border with Cameroon.


Mayo- Belwa is one of the Local Government Areas of Adamawa state.


Michika local government has its headquarters in Michika town in Adamawa state. The local government was created in 1976 and is located in the northern side of Adamawa state. Michika is bordered on the east by the Republic of Cameroon, on the north by Madagali local government and on its west by the Askira/Uba local government area in Borno State. Michika is a cosmopolitan town with many businesses such as branches of banks, two colleges and many secondary schools.

The local government is located directly across the border from the famous tourist site of Mcedigyi in Cameroon. Michika is also the fourth largest town and most populated in Adamawa State. The major ethnic group and language in Michika is the Kamwe people and Vecemwe (which is Kamwe language).

Mubi North

Mubi North is a Local Government Area in Adamawa State, Nigeria. Mubi town is the location of the Adamawa State University and the Federal Polytechnic Mubi.

Mubi South

Mubi South is a Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Nigeria.


Numan is also called Nomweh which means ‘hilltop’. It is a town and a Local Government Area in Adamawa State. It is a port town that is situated on the confluence of Benue River and the Gongola River. The major ethnic group in the Numan town are the Bwatiye (Bachama) people. The Bwatiye people are renowned for being unconquered warriors in time past. Adamawa state Polytechnic is located in Numan town.


Shelleng is a Local Government Area in Adamawa State.


Song is both a town and local government area in Adamawa State, Nigeria with an estimated population of about 25,000 people.


Tuongo is a town and Local Government Area in Adamawa State.

Yola North

Yola North is a Local Government Area of Adamawa State. Yola north is a suburb of Yola South.

Yola South

Yola South is a Local Government Area in Adamawa State.




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