Brief About Arewa Research & Development Project
The return to democracy has been particularly challenging. The period not only occasioned the erosion (some would say collapse) of values and institutions that had defined state and society, but also, more graphically, brought in its trail unprecedented corruption and bad governance, driving the country to the brink. In the last few years, the Nigerian State has been in the throes of defining itself in the process of which many of the old thorny issues of nation-building have been exhumed. Understandably, the North has been at the center of these debates and many Northern politicians and personalities have attempted to respond. These responses, however, have not been anchored to veritable Northern institutions, which could harness the various efforts and ensure continuity. Consequently, a group of about thirty academics drawn from the Universities and Independent Research Organizations across the North came together and pioneered Arewa Research and Development Project (ARDP) under the auspices of Arewa House – Center for Historical Documentation and Research, Ahmadu Bello University.
The project seeks to contribute research-based content to the raging debate and re-position Northern Nigeria as a land of agriculture, mineral resources, alternative sources of energy, knowledge and stability. The northern part of the country has always been a positive factor in the unity, stability and development of the country, far from the opportunistic depiction as parasitic by uninformed, myopic and mischievous press. Since the unfortunate disbandment of ICSA in 1975, there has been intellectual vacuum of the required strategic thinking to conceive and nurture the political, economic and social transformation of Northern Nigeria. This is what the project intends to be preoccupied with.
The project is essentially non-partisan, non-ethnic, and non-religious. It is not against other parts of the country. Rather, it sees the progress of the northern part as indispensable for progress of the entire country.
Our dynamic steering committee, made up of highly experienced professionals across diverse disciplines, is a collection of some of the most brilliant minds Nigeria has to offer.
Research & Development
- Industrial Development