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The Nigeria geopolitical zones and Their States
|N/S||Geopolitical Zones||States in Nigeria|
|1||North Central Zone||loosely known as Middle Belt; includes Benue State, Kogi State, Kwara State, Nasarawa State, Niger State, Federal Capital Territory and Plateau State|
|2||North East Zone||Adamawa State, Bauchi State, Borno State, Gombe State, Taraba State and Yobe State|
|3||North West Zone||Jigawa State, Kaduna State, Kano State, Katsina State, Kebbi State, Sokoto State and Zamfara State|
|4||South East Zone||loosely known as former East-Central State of Abia State, Anambra State, Ebonyi State, Enugu State and Imo State|
|5||South South Zone||loosely known as former South-Eastern State of Akwa-Ibom State and Cross-River State; former Rivers State of Bayelsa State and Rivers State; and former Mid-Western Region, Nigeria of Delta State and Edo State|
|6||South West Zone||includes Ekiti State, Lagos State, Ogun State, Ondo State, Osun State, and Oyo State|
The 6 geopolitical zones in Nigeria and Their States have not been entirely carved out based on geopolitical location, but rather states with similar cultures, ethnic groups, and common history were classified in the same zone. Nigeria is made up of approximately 400 ethnic groups and 450 languages. There was a need for the government to merge similar groups for effective allocation of resources.
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