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
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:
Nigeria is in the interest of Arewa: Atiku Abubakar
says restructuring the country is in the interest of the
are Ready for break-up, North will Survive if Nigeria Breaks
– Prof Ango Abdullah
need for Arewa SMEs to acquire requisite skills to trigger
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
Manufacturing: automobile, motor-cycle, bicycles, tricycle
including manufacturing of basic essential goods
Banking & Finance.
Road and rail transport system.
Media and Arewa
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.
AREWA CENTER OF EXCELLENCE
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
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
is seeking to enhance the skills of individuals and groups that
want to utilize the RDM. Activities being planned include:
Website Development & Launch,
Webinars and Face-to-Face Training, and
Collectively, these important activities are intended to help
the Center strengthen the relevance and utility of the RDM to
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.
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
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
6. Building Capacity of Local
and State Governments to effectively Address Economic and
The mainstay of the ACRD environmental considerations in the
overall policy-making, planning, and development process at
local and regional level are:
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;
Fostering community-based natural resource/environment
management to achieve the United Nations (UN) Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs).