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Education: As at January, 2000, there were 157 secondary schools with a total enrolment of 136,654 students, twelve Science and Technical Schools with a total enrolment of 5,576 students; and nineteen vocational schools with a total enrolment of 4,620 students. In addition to these, there are several Federal Government educational institutions in the State .

Health: In line with the National Health Policy, the State has been providing Secondary Health Care facilities and services as well as operating its Primary Health Care system. The State has a Federal Medical Centre at Bida, a State Specialist Hospital at Minna and a Referral Hospital also at Minna.

Other General Hospitals are located in Bida, Minna, Kontagora, Suleja and Lapai. Also, there are eight Rural Hospitals located at Agaie, Mokwa, Lemu, Paiko, Kuta, Wushishi, Agwara and New Bussa. In addition to these, there are 256 Primary Healthcare Centres with at least one located in each Local Government Area in the State. There are over 160 private health care establishments (clinics, maternity homes, etc) in the State.

There are four major health institutions in the state. Located at Minna, the State capital, are the School of Midwifery and School of Health Technology; while there is one each of School of Nursing and School of Health Technology at Bida and Tugan Magajiya, respectively. These provide the middle manpower needs of the state in the health sector.

Water Supply and Electricity: Appreciable progress has been achieved in the provision of water supply to both urban and rural areas. There is, at least, one borehole in each LGA. Access to good water supply has drastically reduced the incidence of guinea worm diseases in guineaworm prone areas.

With regard to electricity provision, Niger State is popularly known as the Power State on account of the existence of three big hydroelectric power stations in the state. These include the Shiroro Hydroelectric power station commissioned in June 1990 by the then President, General lbrahim Babangida; the Kainji Power Station, as well as the Jebba Power Station.

Most of the Local Government Headquarters are linked direct to the National Grid. These include Minna, the State Capital, Bida, Kontagora, Suleja, Nasko, New Bussa, Lemu, Mokwa, Paiko, GawuBabangida, Maikunkele, Lapai, Agaie and Rijau. Thus, only four Local Government Areas are yet to be connected to the National Grid. But such LGAs are benefiting from the Rural Electrification Scheme.

Transport and Communication: Niger State enjoys an efficient transport and communication network. For instance, the state has an excellent road network linking, not only all the LGAs head quarters to the state capital, but also to other states in the country. Furthermore, the Kano Lagos rail line traverses the state from the NorthEast to the South West, and passes through Minna (Baba 1993).

The existence of an international airport, though currently underutilised, as well as the avail ability of digital telecommunication system and courier services such as DHL, Speed Post, IMNL, etc compliment the services provided by road and rail transport in the State.

Tourism and Recreation: There are several tourist spots and recreational centres in the State (Appendix IV). These range from historical to man made and natural scenic features. However, except the Kainji Lake National Park at New Bussa, and perhaps the Ladi Kwali Pottery Centre at Suleja, none of the others have attracted large visitors.

This is largely due to the lack of an organisational framework as well as the physical under development of most of the sites which binders them from drawing the attention of potential tourists y (Baba, 1993). When fully developed, the abandoned or neglected tourist sites would go a long way to serve as foreign exchange earner for the state.

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