The Executive Governor heads The Nasarawa State Executive Council. It comprises the Deputy Governor, the Secretary to the state government and Commissioners. The Legislative arm of the government allows the Governor appoint special advisers.


The State Government is led by a democratically elected executive who works closely with an elected State House Assembly. The capital city is Lafia. There are Thirteen (13) local government areas (LGAs).

In 1999 Nigeria became a democractic nation, and Abdullahi Adamu contested on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and won the Governorship election in Nasarawa State. Consequently he was sworn-in on 29 May 1999. In 2003, when it was time for fresh elections, Adamu re-contested on the platform of the PDP and got a second mandate to govern. (The Constitution of Nigeria limits Governors to two terms in office.) Aliyu Akwe while also under (PDP), won the 2007 general elections to become Nasarawa’s next Governor.

Alhaji Umaru Tanko Almakura (Ta’al), the executive Governor is presently elected for a second term in office under the platform of All Progressive Party (APC).

Below is a list of offices under the Executive Council

Office of the Governor : Umaru Tanko Almakura (Ta’al) The Executive Governor
Office of the Deputy Governor : Silas Ali Agara
Office of the Secretary to the State Governor
Office of the Head of Service
Office of the Chief of Staff
Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff


Current Members of Nasarawa State Executive Council
  Name Position Contact Information

Nasarawa State Cabinet Members

Barr. Mohammed Hassan Abdullahi

Secretary to the State Government

Nasarawa State Cabinet Members

Mr. Abari Aboki

Head of Civil Service

Daniel Iya

 Ministry of Health


Nasarawa State Cabinet Members

Hon. Chief (Mrs.) Mary Enwongulu

 Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development


Nasarawa State Cabinet Members

Muhammad Jamil Zakari

Ministry of Agriculture


Nasarawa State Cabinet Members

Bamaiyi Anangba

Ministry of Youth and Sports


Nasarawa State Cabinet Members

Akaaka Ortan Gabriel

Ministry of Water Resources and Rural Development


Nasarawa State Cabinet Members

Zubair Tanko Abdullahi

Ministry of Commerce and Industry


Nasarawa State Cabinet Members

Prof. Jonathan Mamu Ayuba

Ministry of Special Education, Science & Technology.


Nasarawa State Cabinet Members

Mohammed Wada Yahaya

Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport


Nasarawa State Cabinet Members

Dr. Abdulkarim A. Kana

Ministry of Justice


Nasarawa State Cabinet Members

Haruna Iliya Osegba

Ministry of Local Government & Chieftaincy Affairs


Nasarawa State Cabinet Members

Ayuba Dogara Ayenajeh


Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning


Nasarawa State Cabinet Members

Sonny Makama Agassi

Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning


Nasarawa State Cabinet Members

Abdulhamid Yakubu Kwara

Ministry of Environment and Solid Minerals


Nasarawa State Cabinet Members

Aliyu Ahmed Tijani

Ministry of Education


Nasarawa State Cabinet Members

Yusuf Shehu Usman

Ministry of Information 







Office of the Governor

Name Position Contact Information
Chief of Staff to the Governor
Hamza A. Gayam Permanent Secretary, Government House
Nasiru Tanko Principal Private Secretary

Office of the Executive Governor

The Office of the Executive Governor is charged with the following responsibilities:

(i) Administration of Nasarawa State of Nigeria;
(ii) State Security;
(iii) Inter-State Governmental Co-operation;
(iv) Appointing Authority for Membership of Boards of companies in which the State has interests;
(v) Implementation of National Policy Guidelines on Local Government Administration;
(vl) Protocol matters;
(vii) Conference Visitor Unit;
(viii) Allocation of Vehicles;
(ix) Relations with the following bodies:
(a) The Legislature;
(b) The Judiciary;
(c) State Civil Service Commission;
(d) Judicial Service Commission;
(e) Local Government Service Commission;
(f) Office of the State Auditor-General;
(g) Office of the Local Government Auditor-General;
(h) State Independent Electoral Commission;
(i) Nasarawa State Planning Commission.
(j) Bureau of Budget
(k) Nasarawa State Environmental Protection Agency
(!) State Liaison Offices

The Office of the Executive Governor comprises the Government House and Office of the Secretary to the State Government. The Government House comprises.Executive Governor’s Office and his residence, the Lodge. The Chief of Staff in-charge of Government House reports directly to the Executive Governor.

Office of the Deputy Governor

The Office of the Deputy Governor is charged with the following responsibilities:

(i) Responsibilities that may be assigned by His Excellency, the EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR from time to time;
(ii) Co-ordinates State Boundary matters;
(iii) Cocoa production and development matters;

The Office of the Deputy Governor comprises the Deputy Governor's inner office and his residence. The Deputy Chief of Staff is in-charge of the Deputy Governor’s Office and reports directly to the Deputy Governor.

Office of the Secretary to State Government

The Secretary to the State Government is responsible for the following matters/ which are carried out in the respective Bureaux in his office:

(i) Cabinet Secretariat and Executive Council matters;
(ii) Co-ordination of Ministerial Activities;
(iii) Commission of Inquiry and White Papers;
(iv) National and State Public holidays;
(v) Election Matters;
(vi) Inter-governmental matters;
(vii) Allocation of official quarters to Political Office Holders;
(viii) National and State Emergency Management matters;
(ix) Boards of Government owned Companies;
(x) Government owned Auditorium and Conference Centres;
(xi) Immigration and Refugee matters;
(xii) Prerogative of Mercy (Secretariat);
(xiii) Conditions of Service for Political Office Holders;
(xiv) National and State H.
(xv) Finance and General Purposes Committee (Secretariat);
(xvi) Liaison with the security Agencies;
(xvii) Oaths of Public Officers;
(xviii) National Population matters;
(xix) Public Complaints/ Code of Conduct/ Federal Character Commissions;
(xx) Tribunals;
(xxi) Supervision of Nasarawa State Pilgrims Welfare Board