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AREWA Center for Regional Development (ACRD)


ACRD was founded in June 2016 based on the United Nations (UN) documents of UNCRD - ECOSOC resolutions 1086 C of 18th June 1971 with the vision to achieve sustainable living environment, safe, secure, equitable and inclusive development in harmony with the environment for the people of northern region of Nigeria popularly known in Hausa language as “Arewa”.

AREWA Center for Regional Development (ACRD) is a Centre of excellence founded to promote regional and local economic development,  evidence-based research and analysis, training and inclusive growth development services to private, public and not-for-profit organizations with the aim of addressing the issues of poverty, hopelessness and despair, which often lead to youths banditry, community crises that create fertile ground for recruitment of youths into acts of terrorism. The Centre offers a wide variety of skills training, seminars and professional development programs; debates and discussion panels; student exchanges and conferences, symposia and workshops to educate the youths about the ills of insurgency, kidnappings and acts of terrorism. ACRD will achieve these objectives through collaboration, partnership and other consortia research centers, universities and polytechnics in the region, in the country and around the globe to explore and share development Best Practices..Read On

Humanitarian Issues: IDPs

Girl child education

Reforming the Almajiri Syst

Terrorism & Insurgency

Talent &  Collaboration

Farmers-Herders crises






1. Repositioning Northern Nigeria for sustainable socio-economic growth and development and combating protracted social problems...


Humanity stands at a defining moment in history and the north is at a crossroad. We are confronted with a perpetuation of disparities between us as a nation and within us as northerners. But we have a choice...

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2. Why Citizen Engagement is a game changer for national development and very critical for maintaining national security?

History has shown that engaging citizens has led to more sustainable, open and just governance. Whether formally integrated in documents such as the Magna Carta and the Code Napoleon, or informally presented at local levels, the concept of citizen engagement is widely global. Going back in history, the first Islamic State has based its “Medina compact” on a social contract whereby it clearly explains the nature of collaboration and accord between the citizens and the state, shaping the relationship governing them. World Bank also draws on a long history of advancing governance reforms...Read On>>  or Download PDF version (full)

3. Nigeria to borrow US$100 billion to finance the budget, already We have the Money If we only look within…Part 1 & 2

To look WITHIN, we need to look at some nations that have already developed, the circumstances, challenges and the responses that caused them to develop, and most importantly the attitude of their Leaders. All these nations do not prosper because they have no challenges. It is the response to the challenges that makes the difference. They develop because they have thinkers...Read On>>

4. How to map-out and simply solve our protracted social problems: Boko-Haram terrorism, rampant kidnappings, increased banditry, communal violence, armed-robbery and herdsmen-farmers clashes in Nigeria...

To effectively address these complex Protracted Social Problems (PSPs), there is need for a proactive intelligence collection strategy in place, a comprehensive monitoring approach to the diverse threats faced by all communities in order to avoid sudden, planned overnight attacks, kidnappings, group or suicide bomb attack of individuals, places of worship or buildings, banditry, backed by technology. Read On>>

“Given the emergence of new regional dynamics in development policy and practice, Arewa region MUST fine-tune current regional development perspectives and to develop new ones that are not only more in sync with the present and future global context but with the governance systems being currently adopted that are becoming more and more decentralized and grassroots oriented. States Governors within the Arewa region must come together to create and adopt the Arewa Regional Economic Plan with emphasis on a balanced approach to development and opportunity for all diversity irrespective of one’s tribe, social class, religious belief and even political affiliation; and establish targets for economic growth of the entire region taking advantage of our Demographic Shifts, which will fuel the growth of new sectors, markets, and service lines in our communities. The ability of our diversity to build strength and unity is the power that will propel the region and consequently, the Nigerian industry, into new dimensions of performance and inclusive growth. Catalyzing Inclusive Growth Through ICT-enabled solutions in healthcare, education, financial services and public services can drive socio-economic development and inclusion of more than 30 million citizens each year, faster, cheaper and more effectively than traditional models. The economic plan should be built on current regional opportunities, collaboration and innovation linking States macroeconomic models with regional development and economic plan termed: Regional Econometric Model”President ACRD 

We all have a duty and responsibility to support development initiatives, coordination and implementation of cyber-crime, security and counter-terrorism Strategic-Plan to prevent and counter violent extremism (PVE and CVE) of all forms by address rising levels of intolerance - which, together with extremism, are underlying motivators of the incitement of terrorist acts. We must  relate well with people from various backgrounds with respect for cultural differences and views with fairness and challenge bias and to practice tolerance and empathy...





The Federal Republic of Nigeria, commonly referred to as Nigeria, is a federal republic in West Africa, bordering Benin in the west, Chad and Cameroon in the east, and Niger in the north. Its …GO>>

Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria - 1999

AREWA - The Northern Nigeria Solution


Profile of Dr Baba J Adamu President of ACRD



Abubakar Imam


Liman Adamu



Development of a Centralized Demographic Database


Quality, affordable education, skills development, access and equal opportunities for everyone


Citizen Engagement Initiative


Youth and Ethnic conflicts







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MUSIC:  Hausa-Fulanis  The Yorubas  The Igbos


 Kaduna StateGombe State

Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

KASU, Kaduna,  BUK, Kano


Arewa House, Kaduna

 SAESI - Kaduna Safety

 Environmental Health

 EU Environmental Agency


Sir Ahmadu Sardauna 

Tafawa Balewa

Murtala Mohammed


 MustyDigital  Aajimatics

Dr. BJ Adamu  Dr. BJ Adamu2

State Governors List in Nigeria

 CO2 data is 'wake-up call' for Paris climate deal

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

We are Ready for break-up, North will Survive – Prof Ango Abdullah


Biafra: Breaking up Nigeria has consequences –

Junaid Mohammed

Northern States Governors Forum and the Growing Disenchantmen





The need to create Nigerian anti-terrorists agency (NATA)

National ICT Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan

El-Rufai did not come to fill a vacuum; he goes instead where there is no path and leaves a trail of greatness


Emir of Kano Lamido Sanusi wants Nigeria restructured


Why signing economic partnership agreement (EPA) with EU is apt


Strategic Data for Arewa Leaders


Economic Development


Strategy Plan and Planning based on Baseline Data

Economic development is increasingly an evidenced based process that requires the best data and research tools to stay competitive: important for Arewa Leaders and Organizations



A process that depends on collaborative problem solving and decision making; building trusting relationships among key players that transform ideas into action and leveraging on our diversity




Promoting the development of a  quality multi-year plan that builds on the economic strengths  and assist in benchmarking  performance monitoring.

Arewa Regional Decision Makers

Arewa Demographic Profiles

Untapped Economic Potentials


Era of Collaboration & Partnership

Economic Gardening

Small & Medium Enterprises

Information Technology


Stronger Economies Together

Arewa Strategic Doing

Arewa Center of Excellence


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