Kanke Local Government Council is located at the southeastern slope of the Jos Plateau Highland. It is one of the four newly created Local Government Councils in Plateau State constituted in November 1996. It was carved out of the former Pankshin Local Government Council. "Kanke" itself is an Angas word that means "collective effort" which typifies the general attitude and behavioural pattern of the Ngas people.
The Local Government Council is located in Kwal which is about 150km from Jos. Kanke is made up of four districts of Kabwir, Amper, Ampang and Garram. It covers an estimated land mass of 1,000sq km. It is predominantly inhabited by Ngas people with other minor tribes like the Sayawas, Tarok, Burumwawa, Hausas, Igbos and Yorubas.
This is the mainstay of the economy of the people. The communities cultivate Sorghum, Millet, Beans, upland Rice, Yam, Cocoyam etc. They are also involved in domestic rearing of various livestock.
Kanke has been one of the Council areas in the state where extensive mining activities are carried out. There is evidence of mineral deposits and exploration in several districts. Tin, Columbite,
Industrial Clay, Feldspar, Quanz, Cassiterite and Limestone are among such mineral deposits that can be found there.
In the area of tourism, Kanke could be said to be one single Local
Government Council with the most enormous tourist potentials that are yet to be tapped. The undulating plains, rock craters, the rock pedestals and zoogenous as well as escapements remain an in-depth revelation of tourist sites. Others are Kawang Ampang District Palace, Tomtom Water Springs and Seri-Amper. The area enjoys good roads, electricity and water supplies and has good health centres.