- Tuesday, 11 February 2014
The Nigerian federation is made up of 36 states and the federal capital territory. In the period preceding the country's independence in 1960 and during the first few years of country's first Republic, the federation comprised of three Regions, i.e., the Northern, Western and Eastern regions. The Midwestern region was carved out of the Western in 1963. The four regions gave way to a 12 states in 1967 and new states were created in 1976. In 1987 two additional states were established, and a further nine created in 1991bringing the total to 30. In 1996, six additional states were created.