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Unlocking Arewa’s economic potentials will require significant investment in the region’s biggest asset, i.e. its people through education. Arewa requires a strong base of human capital. So, investment in education and training is crucial. The entire education value chain must be restructured to reflect the current economic realities. The emerging labour force must have the basic skills and the skills that match business demands. Thus, equipping the youths with the appropriate skills and tools will be key in boosting the growth potentials of the economy. One area where northern Nigeria’s untapped possibilities in agriculture are glaring is in rice and wheat production. The northern date palm industry has the potentials to provide food, raw materials, income and employment to millions of northerners (Potentials of Date Palm Tree to the Nigerian Economy). Other major untapped economic potentials of Arewa for sustainable economic growth and development include:


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The need for Arewa SMEs to acquire requisite skills to trigger economic development

  • Agriculture: implements and machineries for agriculture and large scale production of rice, groundnuts, beans, wheat, date-palm, cotton etc

  • Textiles: revival of textile industries with competitive advantage in cost, quality and mass production

  • Upscale engineering and construction.

  • Independent power generation.

  • Energy: small scale hydro power, solar and waste energy.

  • Exploration and exploitation of oil & gas; and solid minerals.

  • Manufacturing: automobile, motor-cycle, bicycles, tricycle including manufacturing of basic essential goods

  • Banking & Finance.

  • Road and rail transport system.

  • Media and Arewa entertainment industry

  • Information and communication technology.

The common perceived economy strength of the north that groundnut and cotton industries in Kano State provide the main source of revenue for Northern Nigeria. Tin mining in Plateau, Steel mining in Benue and other metal industries in Sokoto build up the diverse mining industry of the Country. Where, cement industries in Sokoto and Bauchi and leather processing industries in Kano constitute the main manufacturing sector are no longer viable. Arewa must promote its other economic strength and potentials to the World now more than ever.


1. Develop Cutting-Edge Online Data Tools

The Center is focusing on developing its Regional Decision Maker (RDM) data-driven platform. RDM will be designed to help Arewa identify regional innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialization opportunities. ACRD is working in partnership to develop this dynamic and powerful decision-making tool. Plans are underway to develop map layers that will show geographic clustering for industry and occupation clusters via the use of spatial statistical techniques. When fully launched, RDM will provide a set of value-added data layers and customized tools for use in supporting the entire Arewa regional planning.

2. Engage Key Target Groups in Using and Refining RDM Tools

RDM represents a powerful tool for mapping regional assets and opportunities. But, ensuring that these tools are seen as a valuable, practical and user-friendly tool for guiding decision-making by State leaders in northern region is equally important. As such, the ACRD is seeking to enhance the skills of individuals and groups that want to utilize the RDM. Activities being planned include:

  1. Website Development & Launch,

  2. Webinars and Face-to-Face Training, and

  3. Technical Support. Collectively, these important activities are intended to help the Center strengthen the relevance and utility of the RDM to key stakeholders.

3. Produce a Comprehensive Arewa Region Economic Profile and Other Informational Resources

To maximize the value of the RDM to a wider array of people and organizations, ACRD will develop a series of user-friendly Economic Profiles that offer Arewa region attractive document that can guide the region's economic development plans and activities. In this regard, our Center will partner both States and Local Government to develop Information Briefs that are intended to provide local economic development outlook, timely information on a variety of local and State demographic, socioeconomic, education, economic and workforce development. The briefs will be couple of flyer-pages to include visually effective graphs, charts and/or tables, and be written for lay audiences. ACRD will create peer group regional development program to be called Leading Edge Practices (LEEP), a navigational tool designed to assist States in the region in learning from one another, leading to new strategies for accelerating innovation and collaboration.

4. Implement Programs that Build on Regional Opportunities

Introducing innovative programs that complement and add value to all States within the Arewa region’s industry and occupational clusters.


5. Strengthen Arewa Regional Collaboration and Innovation Networks

The mainstay of the ACRD Center of Excellence’s collaboration work centers on its Strategic Doing initiative. This program will focus on the use of States within the regional networks to accelerate innovation, partnership and collaboration. Strategic Doing quickly develops sophisticated collaborations that help advance open innovation across organizational and political boundaries within the entire region. Strategic Doing ignites the spark of regional innovation, partnership and collaboration enabling people in loosely-joined, open networks to think and act strategically. In partnership with Small Business Development Center’s across the World, this program showcases the pivotal role of second-stage firms to employment growth and prosperity and development growth strategies, with the goal of making Arewa region an investment destination.

6. Building Capacity of Local and State Governments to effectively Address Economic and Environmental issues

The mainstay of the ACRD environmental considerations in the overall policy-making, planning, and development process at local and regional level are: 

  • Building capacity of local and States governments within the region to effectively address specific environmental issues, concerns, and strategic measures in areas like agriculture, transport, waste management, and freshwater availability that have significant relevance and implications in the context of sustainable regional development;

  • Responding to emerging issues of concern, such as climate change and human health impacts; and

  • Fostering community-based natural resource/environment management to achieve the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Strategic Data for Decision-Makers

Visualizing critical data that informs Arewa leaders and organizations of the region's unique characteristics.



Economic Development & Business Growth

Building trusting relationships among key players that spur the movement of ideas into action in an agile manner for the Arewa region.


Strategy & Planning

Promoting the development of a high quality multi-year plan that builds on the economic strengths of the entire Arewa region.



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