Created in 1989, and it is one of the 17 local government areas in the state. The local government area is located in the northeastern part of the state and covers an area of about 1,815 square kilometres. Kanam is a Local Government Area (LGA) in Plateau State, Nigeria.

The headquarters of Kanam LGA is in the town of Dengi. The LGA shares boundaries with Langtang North and Langtang South LGAs to the east, Shendam LGA to the south, Mikang LGA to the west, and Pankshin LGA to the north. Kanam LGA has a population of over 190,000 people, according to the 2006 national census.

The people of Kanam are predominantly farmers and traders, with agriculture being the mainstay of the local economy. The major crops cultivated in Kanam LGA include maize, sorghum, millet, yam, and groundnuts. The LGA is home to several communities, including Dengi, Kwall, Doka, and Kwargwal. The predominant ethnic group in Kanam LGA is the Tarok people, although there are also other ethnic groups such as the Hausa, Fulani, and Berom. Kanam LGA is governed by an elected chairman and councillors, who are responsible for the provision of basic services such as healthcare, education, and infrastructure development.

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