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29th - 31st May 2013

Mobilising Investment for Sustainable Development...

At the opening page of this book is the picture of a smiling healthy child who obviously is looking up to the future with hope and confidence. I am not concerned as much with whether that child is a girl or a boy as much as I am bothered about its wellbeing; and what the society must do to keep that face smiling; and the dreams, realisable.


(Dr.) Sule Lamido (Executive Governor)As a young man, I came to understand government and governance in terms of how best you can serve the people with regards to their wellbeing, their security and their prosperity. I have had these view years before assuming leadership positions, at whatever levels.

We keep on recalling with nostalgia, the role of our founding fathers, talking about Tafawa Balewa, Sardauna of Sokoto, Zik, Awolowo, Aminu Kano and the others. Those are visionary leaders and nationalists who went beyond tribal and regional sentiments, to dream big for Nigeria; dreamt of a great country that is stable; and whose people are contented and happy. I came from that kind of background where leaders dreamt dreams. This is succintly captured in my inaugural speech which would be seen in this book.

A few years ago, Jigawa State was always at the bottom rung of every development statistics in Nigeria; and this was the case in the areas of school enrolment and education in general; health care services; human capital development; infrastructural development including provision of good roads, portable water and other social amenities.

In the last six years, by the collective resolve of Jigawa people, we have tried our best to improve the lots of our people; and our modest efforts, deployed side- by- side the resources at our disposal have combined to alter some of those national development indices, albeit positively; thereby putting Jigawa State at the middle of most of the statistics in some cases and at some other times, placing us at the leading position.

The Jigawa State Economic and Investment Summit is therefore aimed at opening new windows of opportunities for investors to come to our State. The idea is that while the investor makes profit, our people would in turn further prosper.

We hope to use the platform provided by the Summit to showcase the numerous business openings available to all Nigerians as well as international business men and women in our State. Jigawa is blessed with natural resources ranging from precious stones to livestock, fisheries and vast arable land that yield in abundance, all year round.

As a government, we have deliberately initiated and formulated several policies and incentives aimed at providing the most conducive environment for the benefit of investors. These are in form of land allocation, tax waivers and holidays At the opening page of this book is the picture of a smiling healthy child who obviously is looking up to the future with hope and confidence. I am not concerned as much with whether that child is a girl or a boy as much as I am bothered about its wellbeing; and what the society must do to keep that face smiling; and the dreams, realisable. and free economic zone.

In addition to the above, we have given access to several banks and other financial institutions to operate in all parts of the state, especially in Dutse the state capital with the hope that their services would further help to enhance trade and investment.

It is my hope that prospective investors, other members of the business community and indeed all our guests would find the book of immense value.

On this note, I would like to say:
Come and Explore this great opportunity

(Dr.) Sule Lamido
Executive Governor

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Hajiya. Hawa LawanThe purpose of hosting the Jigawa State Economic and Investment Summit is to bring to the awareness of the business community, the various steps taken by the administration of His Excellency Dr. Sule Lamido to attract investments to the state. The Summit would also seek to know from investors what further steps are necessary to enhance business and trade in the state.

This book, Jigawa: State of Endless Opportunities is therefore aimed at providing existing and prospective investors and other business interests, adequate and accurate information about the numerous opportunities available for exploitation in the state. It also provides guide to where the numerous precious stones, mineral deposits and agricultural produce can be found in its 27 Local Governments Areas.

Since the inception of the present administration, several policies have been put in place by government with the aim of helping the investor do business with minimum stress and to make profit. Some of the policies are in the area of company income tax fixed at unbelievable zero percent; 100 percent capital allowance grantable to leased assets used in agro- allied companies, tax incentives for local production of parts, machinery and equipment among others.

There are very huge incentives and waivers for export purposes including refund of import duty on raw materials used for the production of exportable products; refund of exercise duty paid by export manufacturers; preferential import license for import of raw materials required for export products, for business done in the export processing zone. The list is endless.

Apart from these, we have also taken time to document in this book, the history of Jigawa State; its rich culture and cuisine; the various festivals; the climate and vegetation; vast landmass; and languages of the people.

The book ex-rays the administrative and political development of Jigawa State and went down memory lane to bring to the reader the different military and civilian administrations that have governed the state since its creation including the Chief Executives who headed those regimes.

Traditionally, the state is under five different emirates. These are all celebrated in this book with the interesting stories of the exploits of the founding fathers of each emirate.

In the book also, we attempted to highlight a few of the numerous development projects executed by the Dr. Sule Lamido administration in the past six years as well as the prospects of a brighter future for the people of the state. All these were carefully arranged to make the book a reference document both for present use as well as for the benefit of our children.

As the saying goes, pictures don’t tell lies. There are several pictorial exhibitions to bring the message of the book very close to home.

Explore Jigawa

Hajiya. Hawa Lawan
Honourable Commissioner for Commerce, Industry, Corporative & Tourism

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Hon. Babandi Ibrahim GumelOur goals have always been tailored towards achieving the state’s mission and version which are to provide good governance through purposeful leadership and be accountable to the people and make Jigawa State a pride to its citizenry, ensure prudent management of the state resources through due process and diligence, promote equity amongst the populace through even spread of development projects and introduce programme and policies that will promote self reliance in the citizenry, and make Jigawa State a safe haven for would be investors both foreign and local by providing necessary infrastructure.

From the facts on ground I make build to say that we are on course to achieving a larger percentage if not all of the above.

We were entrusted with leadership when the state was only referred derogatory terms and all indices points to near collapse of the system which is mean to provide succor to our teeming populace.

Inside the pages of this compendium efforts were made to capture the significant breakthroughs of the leadership of Governor (Dr.) Sule Lamido CON from May to date.The authors tried as they could serve us with the land mark achievements of this champion of the downtrodden, and I am of the conviction that someday the story will better told both in words and pictures.

Hon. Babandi Ibrahim Gumel
Honourable Commissioner for Information, Youth, Sport & Culture

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HIS EXCELLENCY, GOVERNOR SULE LAMIDO CON EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR, JIGAWA STATE“There is the general assessment of Jigawa as the poorest state in the federation. This means we have been given a starting point since the entire statements border on the poverty level. So, to us here, the starting point is that human beings have certain rights based on human dignity, self-esteem and self-worth.

Our people are living below sea level and we are here to raise it to sea level. It is a task for all of us and this is something we all understand and clearly appreciate. What we have today in Jigawa is beyond politics but rather, working hard to bring Jigawa to the level other states are and we would not allow politics to tear us apart.”

His Excellency, Governor SULE LAMIDO CON
Executive Governor, JIGAWA State

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Location, Landmass, Population, Geology, Soil and Vegetation, Weather and Climate, The People and Ethnic Composition, Religion, Culture, Festivals, Arts and Crafts.

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Museums, Palaces, World Heritage Sites and Other Cultural Visits.

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Rock Paintings, The State tree, The Jigawa Goats, Melons

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  • Jigawa State has vast agricultural and solid mineral resources potentials that serve as sources of cheap raw materials for related industries.
  • It is reasonably linked with good net work of roads accessing it with other states (Kano, Yobe and Bauchi States) in the country and to the neighboring Niger Republic.
  • The State capital Dutse is only 130km from Kano, a commercial nerve centre in Nigeria which has an international airport for easy access to and from Nigeria.
  • It is one of the most peaceful states in Nigeria.
  • The population of the state is over four million and Nigeria has a population of over 140 million thus providing a potentially good home market.
  • Under the current political dispensation in Nigeria both the Federal and the Jigawa State Governments are foreign investments friendly and participate in the current globalization process taking place worldwide.

Resource Endowments

Jigawa State is an agrarian state. The investment opportunities in the state are centered on agriculture, food processing, solid minerals and tourism. The State Government has fashioned an economic development blueprint based on the creation of 13 development zones with each focusing on the peculiar nature of the resources available within it. These include agro and food processing activities like seed/groundnut oil production, sugar cane production, animal feeds production, fertilizer production, poultry and livestock, tannery and leather works. Others include furniture, glass and mirror production, agricultural machinery assembly, etc.

The State aims to provide decentralized energy and other infrastructural support facilities which will be tailored to the specific requirements of each zone. Presently, works on the export processing zone at Maigatari which will take advantage of the booming trade that exists in the various markets in the state has been completed. Construction of road network within the market zone and Maigatari international market has also been completed.

Government has undertaken several comprehensive feasibility studies on available mineral resources in the state and is encouraging investment in fertilizer blending, sugar processing, meat processing, increased smoke fish production tin and columbine mining, kaolin processing and sheet glass production. Apart from general cooperation which the state government has promised any investor on the above, it has given a general tax relief holiday among other incentives.

The Government is willing to embark on joint ventures on any of the aforementioned areas and had been pursuing the creation of a conducive investment climate in the state with very encouraging results.

Governments Incentives

To demonstrate its willingness to encourage investors to take advantage of the huge potentials in the state, the government has deliberately taken serious steps to make investors reap abundantly in the state. Some of the steps and deliberate policies include:
  • Provision of free industrial plots in rural and semi-urban areas.
  • Provision of free land for the construction of housing estates for workers.
  • Provision of electricity and pipe borne water.
  • Exemption of all land development charges for a period of at least five years.
  • Preparation of industrial profiles and feasibility studies.
  • Government assistance in marketing and distribution and guaranteed patronage.

Government Owned Industrial Projects
  • Jigawa State Tomato and Citrus Processing Company with a Model Farm Located at Kazaure, it is for Processing Tomato and Citrus Fruits into Juice. (privatized)
  • Jigawa State Flour Mills and Allied Products for processing Grains into flour and grits. It is situated in Gumel. (privatized)
  • Jigawa State Diary Products. It is Model Film for processing milk into Yoghurt, cheese and butter, situated at Birnin Kudu. (privatized)
  • Atafii Rice Processing Company at Hadejia – for processing paddy rice.
  • Brown Sugar Processing Company at Sara.
  • Gum Arabic Processing Company at Maigatari.
  • Sesame Seed Processing Company at Maigatari.
  • Jigawa Sugar Factory Hadejia (SOLD).
  • Limawa Water Plant for the Production of Water in Plastic Bags, situated in Limawa, Dutse.
  • Jigawa Plastic and Allied products at Ringim.


In the area of tourism, Jigawa State is blessed with the largest tract of undisturbed wet land in the country which are the Baturiya Game Reserve and the Baturiya Birds Sanctuary/ which plays host to over 3000 species of migratory birds.

The santury has international acclaim and has received the attention of various conservation bodies including the Nigeria Conservation Foundation (NCF).

Tourist Attractions
  • Birnin Kudu Rock Paintings
  • Hadejia wet lands
  • Wawan Rafi Lake, Kazaure
  • Dutse Rock Range
  • Gwaram Forest Reserve
  • Emirs’ Places at Hadejia, Kazaure, Gumel, Ringim and Dutse
  • Garun Gabas – Ancient Settlement in Malam-madori LGA
  • Captain Philip (Maitumbi) Tomb in Hadejia
  • Harbo Fishing Village
  • Maigatari Boarder market
  • Mandara/Talate Gate in Hadejia
  • Dabar Magini Birds sanctuary in Guri LGA
  • Baturiya Birds sanctuary in Kiri Kasamma LGA

Banks and other financial institutions in the state

To facilitate trade and make business easy for investors in the state, there are several banks and other financial institutions that can be found across many parts of the state, especially in Dutse, the state capital. They include:
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There are 27 local government area councils in Jigawa State. When the state was first created on 27th August 1991, there were only 21 local government areas six more were later created by the Military bringing the total number of Local Governments to twenty seven.

Each council is headed by an elected chairman and assisted by a vice-chairman and at least ten councilors. The implementation of the programmes of each local government is the responsibility of the chairmen and councilors with various portfolios who constitute the council with the chairman as the chief executive. The local governments under the present dispensation have legis- lative councils with the following principal officers:
  • Speaker
  • Deputy Speaker
  • Majority Leader
  • Minority Leader
  • Chief Whip
  • Clerk of the Legislative Council

Prominent Towns in Jigawa State

There are a number of other prominent semiurban cities with some history behind them in Jigawa State.

Such towns in Dutse emirate include Birnin- kudu, famous for its ancient Rock Paintings, Kiyawa, Jahun and Gwaram.

In Gumel emirate such towns of significance include Sule- Tankarkar and Maigatari, host to the States International Market and Export processing zone referred to as the Maigatari International Trade – Free zone.

In Ringim emirate, there are Babura, Taura, and Garki as prominent towns. Kazaure emirate hosts such renowned semi- urban centers as Karkarna, Roni, and Gwiwa.

Hadejia emirate is host to prominent semi-ur- ban towns as Kafin Hausa, Kaugama, Guri, Bir- niwa, Kirikasamma, Malam-Madori and Auyo.

Local Governments and Their Headquarters
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Local Governments & Their Endowments
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Local Government Administration 2007 Till Date
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The State is divided into five emirates each administrated by a traditional ruler called Emir (Sarki) with district heads, village heads and ward heads assisting him. The emirs, down to ward heads unlike public functionaries, do not exercise political power but serve as custodians of culture and advisers to the government on traditional and religious affairs. All the Emirs are first class title holders. They form the Jigawa state council of chiefs headed by the Emir of Hadejia who is the chairman of the council.

Hadejia Emirate

EMIR OF HADEJIA, ALHAJI ADAMU ABUBAK MAJE, CON. CHAIRMAN COUNCIL OF CHIEFS.This was a territory of Kano in the 15th century as confirmed by the Kano chronicle where it stated that during the reign of Yakubu (1452 to1463), Agalfati came to Kano, he was Sarkin Gaia and son of Sarkin Macina. Gaia came with his three brothers who become Sarkin Hadejia, Sarkin Dal and Sarkin Gaim.

The Sarkin Hadejia became Sarkin Gabas and was given Hadejia. During the period of Jihad of Shehu Usman Danfodio, The Sarkin Fulani Hadejia, Umaru Pledged his allegiance to the Shehu by sending his brother Sambo to the Amir-al-muminin (commander of the faithful) who gave him a flag to embark upon Jihad in the area.

He succeeded in winning the allegiance of the chief of Hadejia, Auyo, Gatare, Garin Gabas and Kazure while the remaining chiefdoms of Fagi and Dawa were given to the Shehu Larmina, a cousin of Umaru, who took the title of Sarkin Marma. Thus, Umaru Established the emirate of Hadejia using as his base the smaller chiefdoms of the area. He was succeeded by his son Mamman Kankiya who also died in the same year (1808) and was in turn succeeded by Sambo (brother of Umaru).

Sambo was the one who earlier on obtained the Jihad flag for them from Sokoto. Sambo is the ancestor of all the subsequent emirs of Hadejia. He had five sons who were all emirs of Hadejia between the years 1845 and 1885. The most prominent of them were Buhari and Haru.

Buhari was popular in history because he rebelled against the Sokoto Caliphate. According to oral traditions of Hadejia, Shehu Usman Danfodio prophesized the coming of Buhari and his notoriety. The Sarkin Musulmi had to depose Buhari because of his cruelty and raiding of neighbouring emirates two years after his accession to the emirate throne in 1850. Buhari met his end at the hands of the powerful and victorious Mai of Bedde, Alhaji Danbebiya when he tried to force his way into Gogoram in 1863. Buhari’s corpse was there after conveyed to Hadejia by his followers who also installed his son Umaru as the new Emir. But Haru, Buharis younger brother forced Umaru to abdicate in 1865.

During the crisis that followed the Kano civil war Sarkin Hadejia Muhammadu (Mai shahada) i.e “the Martyr” son of Haru annexed Miga and Kwanda from Kano on the pretext that the Yusufawa had promised Hadejia these territories in return for support against Sarkin Kano Tukur. The two areas were returned to Kano after the British conquest.

Muhammadu mai shahada fought bravely against the British imperialists and was martyred along with three of his sons. One of his other sons, Haruna succeeded him.

Hadejia and Gumel Emirates used to be the northern division of Kano Province where a British Political Officer known as District Officer (D.O) was answerable to the resident in Kano. Subsequently, other district officers where posted who were not British up to the creation of new states when the nomenclature changed.

Presently, there are eight (8) Local Government Areas under the Emirate, namely, Hadejia, Kafin Hausa, Auyo, Kaugama, Malammadori, Kirikasamma, Guri and Birniwa. It is the senatorial district of North Eastern Jigawa State with three house of representative constituencies that comprise Kaugama and Malammadori, Kafin Hausa, Auyo and Hadejia, Kirikasamma, Guri and Birniwa.

The present emir is Alhaji Adamu Abubakar Maje who is the chairman of Jigawa State Council of chiefs.

Emir of Hadejia Guest House
Emir of Hadejia Guest House
Frontview of Hadejia Palace
Frontview of Hadejia Palace

Kazaure Emirate

EMIR OF KAZAURE,ALHAJI NAJIB HUSSEINI ADAMU, CON.Kazaure Emirate was created as a result of Dan Tunku’s revolt against Sarkin Kano Ibrahim Dabo. Dan Tunku belonged to the Yarimawa clan and he was a client of Sarkin Kano Alwali. His revolt against Sarkin Kano was regarded as legitimate by the people of Kazaure because he sought for an autonomy from Kano.

Dantunku sought the intercession of Sokoto in his conflict with Kano and the Sarkin Musulmi Muhammdu Bello. After his defeat by Sarkin Kano at Danyaya, he sought the forgiveness of Kano. The issue was resolved amicably when Kano accepted Dan Tunku’s peaceful overtures and Sokoto recognized him as the Emir with a boundary at Korama.

Thus Kazaure Emirate came into existence, however with a smaller territory than that of other Chiefs of Kano.

The present emir of Kazaure is Barrister Najib Hussaini Adamu, a very learned and pious Islamic scholar who was also one of the recipients of Western Education.

The emirate has four local government areas, namely, Kazaure, Roni, Gwiwa, and Yankwashi. It is a federal constituency and part of Jigawa North West Senatorial District.

Emir’s Palace, Kazaure
Emir’s Palace, Kazaure
Emir’s Palace, Kazaure
Emir’s Palace, Kazaure

Gumel Emirate

EMIR OF GUMEL, ALHAJI (DR) AHMED MUHAMMAD SANI 11, CON.It was first established in the 18th century. This Emirate founders and rulers were from Ngazargamu in present day Borno State. It had a land area of 3054 squire kilometers. Emir (Sarki) Dujuma “1” founded the town of Gumel. His family had led the Mangawa from Ngazargamu who first settled in Dogoma. Dujuma I reigned between 1749 and 1754.

He was deposed and his nephew Adamu (known as Karro) was selected to replace him. Adamu (Karro) ruled for six years and Danjuma II (1760 - 77) succeeded him. He was the Sarki who finally settled at Tumbi. According to tradition, the word Gumel is said by some to come from the Fulani word Gubele or short horned cow, though locally the area is also often called Lautaye. Mai Dantanoma is said to be the founder of present day Gumel having settled down in the area between 1837 to 1847.

Throughout the nineteenth centuay Gumel maintained its independence from its more powerful neighbours Kano and Hadejia. The Gumalawa as they were called then, supported the pretender Yusif during the Kano civil war. This was one of their excuses for raiding Kano territories after the war when they were dissatisfied with victorious Sarkin Kano Alu. The Sarkin Gumel Ahmadu submitted to Lord Lugard in 1903, thus making his kingdom to become part of the new Kano province and an administrative unit of the newly created protectorate of Northern Nigeria.

Presently, the Emir is Alhaji Ahmed Muhammad Sani II (CON) and has been on the throne since 1980. He was a commissioner of information in the civilian administration of Alhaji Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi in the former Kano state during the second republic before succeeding his father Muhammed Sani II the late Emir in 1980.

There are Four Local Government Areas that make up this Emirate. They are Gumel, Gagarawa, Maigatari and Sule Tankarkar. It is a federal constituency and falls under the North Western Senatorial District of Jigawa state.

Front View of Gumel Palace
Front View of Gumel Palace
Front View of Gumel Palace
Front View of Gumel Palace

Ringim Emirate

EMIR OF RINGIM, ALHAJI (DR) SAYYADI MAHMUD, CON.Ringim was a district of Kano emirate before the creation of Jigawa State. Since the early years of colonial rule it became closely associated with the family of Sarkin Kano Shehu.

In pre-colonial period most of Ringim area was the chiefdom of the Alkalin Kano who administered them through the Jakadan Dabi and Jakadan Dingare and in 1924 Tafida Mahmud, the son of then incumbent Sarkin Kano Shehu was appointed the District Head of Ringim where he remained until he was transferred to Gwaram in 1979 by the PRP Civilian Government of Kano State which was said to be hostile to the traditional institutions. He was returned to Ringim in 1983. He was elevated to the senior title of Wamban Kano. He died in 1989. His son Alhaji Sayyadi who is the present emir succeeded him as the Dan Majen Kano and District head of Ringim.

In 1990 he was promoted to Tafidan Ringim. With the creation of Jigawa State in 1991, he was made a first class emir of the new Ringim Emirate by the first military Administrator, Colonel Olayinka Sule

Ringim Emirate comprises of Ringim, Taura, Garki, and Babura Local Government Areas. It has two federal constituencies namely, Ringim and Taura, Babura and Garki. It also falls within the senatorial District of Jigawa North West. It is the only emirate outside Kano State that is ruled by a descendent of the first Sullibe Emir of Kano, Ibrahim Dabo.

Emir's Palace Ringim
Emir's Palace Ringim

Dutse Emirate

EMIR OF DUTSE, ALHAJI (DR) NUHU MUHAMMAD SANUSI, CON.Sarkin Kano Abubakar Burji conquered Dutse in 1450 and it became a territory of Kano. The Sarkin Kano Muhammadu Kumbari (1731- 1734), also later had to lead another expedition against Dutsawa during his reign. During the jihad of Shehu Usman bin Fodio the territorial chief of Dutse was Gwajabo who was answerable to the Sarkin Kano Alwali. The area was liberated by a combined contingent of the Fulani clans of Jallubawa and Salihi Dan Lawal.

Dutse was first elevated to the status of an emirate by the PRP Government of Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi during the second republic with Abdullahi Mai Kano appointed as emir. It was returned to its former status of a district in 1983 when Sabo Bakinzuwo came to power. With the creation of Jigawa State in 1991 and the citing of capital in Dutse, the chief ship of the town was raised to first class status and the then District Head of Dutse, Mohammadu Sunusi was appointed the Emir of Dutse. Alhaji Nuhu Muhammadu Sunusi succeeded his late father as the present emir of Dutse.

There are seven Local Government areas that make the emirate. These are, Dutse, Kiyawa, Jahun, Miga, Buji, Birnin-kudu and Gwaram. It has four federal constituencies consisting of Jahun and Miga, Dutse and Kiyawa, Birnin-kudu and Buji, and Gwaram itself as a constituency. This Emirate is the Central Senatorial District of Jigawa State.

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Since the creation of Jigawa 22 years ago, the State has been governed by six different Chief Executives, four of whom were military administrators. Dr. Sule Lamido is the seventh Head of the Government of the State and the 3rd Executive Governor elected by free choice of the people.

Roll Call of Chief Executives of Jigawa State

The First Military Administrator (August 1991 - December 1991)

Col. Olayinka was born on the 4th of May, 1943 in Sabon Gari, Kano. He attended Holy Trinity Primary School, Kano, then proceeded to Ansaruddeen Secondary School, Lagos, and later attended College of Agriculture, Akure. He proceeded to Ibadan to further his studies in the field of Agriculture after which he enlisted into the Nigeria Army in 1968. He attended various courses in the Army, and held many positions.

Gen. Olayinka was posted as the first Military Administrator when Jigawa State was created on 27th August, 1991. He arrived Dutse, the state capital on 30th August, 1991. His first assignment was to ensure the establishment of the machinery of government and provide space for administrative infrastructure for civil servants deployed to the state.

Part of his initial challenges was the construction of staff quarters in order to address the problem of accommodation facing the civil servants. Also in view of the increase in population in the state capital, Dutse, the then government of Colonel Olayinka Sule, pursued an extensive water provision programme.

The Shuwarin water works project was initiated and pursued vigorously and the government succeeded in providing the population with portable water.

It was the government of Colonel Olayinka Sule that created the two additional Emirates of Dutse and Ringim, bringing the number of emirates in the State to five. He also appointed and installed first class emirs for the two newly created emirates.

The First Civilian Governor (January 1992 - November 1993)

Barrister Ali Sa’ad Birnin Kudu was elected as the first civilian governor of the state in December 1991 on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and took the mantle of leadership in January, 1992.

Born in Birnin Kudu on 13th February, 1959, he had his primary education at Birnin Kudu, and on completion he proceeded to Birnin Kudu Secondary School (now Government College Birnin Kudu). He attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he bagged a Bachelor’s Degree in law and was called to the bar the following year.

He worked with the Ministry of Justice in former Kano state for about three years and later took appointment with the first Bank as regional legal officer and left for politics in 1991.

The Second Military Administrator (December 1993 - August 1996)

Born in Yimirshika in Hawul Local Government Area of Borno state on 5th May, 1947. he had his Junior and Senior Primary Education at CBM Primary School Yimirshika. He attended provisional secondary school, Maiduguri from where he proceeded to the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) Kaduna in 1968. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in 1971, and promoted to the rank of Captain in 1977.

He went for military training at Aberdeen, Maryland in the USA in 1979. He was promoted to the rank of Major in 1980 and later became a Lieutenant Colonel in 1987 and Colonel in 1992. He retired from the Army as Brigadier General.

Brigadier General Ibrahim Aliyu became the second military administrator of Jigawa State after the collapse of the interim government of Ernest Shonekan and the takeover of General Sani Abacha as Head of State.

The Second Military Administrator (August 1996 - August 1998)

Born on 25th July 1958 in Lagos, he attended and completed St. Peters Elementary School Zaria and then proceeded to Nigerian Military School Zaria where he obtained his WAEC Certificate, and thereafter enrolled at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) Kaduna, which he completed successfully and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1978.

He subsequently rose to the rank of Colonel before retiring from the Army in 2000. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from the University of Jos.

He held several military postings which include Platoon Commander, Company Commander, Administration officer Grade II, and a Provost at the Army Headquarters before his appointment as the Military Administrator of Jigawa State in August 1996.

The Fourth Military Administrator (August 1998 - May 1999)

Colonel (Rtd) Abubakar Zakariyya Maimalari was born in December 1961 in Quetta of the Republic of Pakistan where his late father Brigadier Maimalari was attending a military course. He started his primary education at Kaduna Capital School, and then proceeded to the famous Barewa College, Zaria for his secondary education from 1974 to 1978.

At the age of eighteen was admitted to the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) Kaduna and in December, 1981 he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. He rose to the rank of Colonel before his retirement from the Army. He took over the affairs of Jigawa State as the fourth Military administrator from his predecessor Colonel Rasheed Alade Shekoni in August, 1998.

The Second Civilian Governor (May 1999 - May 2007)

Alhaji Ibrahim Saminu Turaki was born on 14th July, 1963 in Kazaure. He attended Kudu Central Primary School. At the end of his primary school education he proceeded to Federal Government College, Kaduna. After this, he attended School of Basic Studies, Zaria and later proceeded for his Bachelors Degree at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He became the second civilian governor of Jigawa State on 29th May, 1999 and held two terms in office. He is the second civilian governor of the state and was elected on the platform of the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP).

His administration’s focal point was to join the world trend of shifting government policies from the mere provision of social services to economic based activities so as to empower the populace economically.

The Third Civilian Governor (May 2007 - Till Date)

He first took the mantle of leadership on the 29th of May, 2007 after winning the gubernatorial election on the platform of the People Democratic Party, PDP. He was re-elected on the platform of the PDP at the April 2011 elections and sworn in for another four years term on 29th May, 2011.

Governor Sule Lamido was born in 1948 at Bamaina, in Birnin-Kudu Local Government Area of Jigawa State. He had his primary education at Birnin Kudu Senior Primary School, now Government College Birnin Kudu and later proceeded to the famous Barewa College for his secondary school education.

He has been an activist throughout his working and political careers. His political career spans over a period of 35years during which he held many positions in the PRP, SDP and his present party PDP.

He was a member of the Federal House of Representatives in the second republic and one time Foreign Affairs Minister during the administration of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.

His style of leadership is based on the political philosophy of his political mentor Late Malam Aminu Kano, known as “Democratic Humanism” in which service to humanity is the driving force.

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Expanding the Frontiers of Democracy in Jigawa


I begin this speech with gratitude to Allah, the true and real giver of power. Events of the past few months, climaxing with the elections as peacefully and free as it took place in Jigawa, has given us cause to give such gratitude to him. But it is not only because there had been elections and a new government is being sworn-in but, more importantly, the swearing –in in our state is being witnessed by people who have come far and near and for whom the welfare of the Talakawa has been their life time concern, passion , burden and identified in Nigeria politics. These are men and women who have been thinkers, ideologues, party workers and political conveyor belts of the unique stream of consciousness articulated by people like the late Malam Aminu Kano and which has since been the propelling force behind politics especially in the present Kano Jigawa axis.

It is therefore, both a matter of pride and humility for us all that the government in Jigawa today is the only one led by political leaders, whatever the aberrations, distortions, internal squabbles and transformations there might have been in that tendency. Those splits and squabbles are not only typical of radical populism everywhere in the world; they are also part of the dialectics of political progress. It is thus, important that we celebrate our achievement at an occasion like this even as we also reflect deeply on the situation of our people in Jigawa, the direction of the world and our place in it, as black people.

Recognising Our Pioneers
I, therefore, crave your indulgence to recognize our pioneers, leaders and distinguished legatees of this radical tradition: The Mudi Sipikins, the M.D. Dangalans, the Ammani Inuwas, the Lili Gabaris, the Sani Gules, M.D. Yusufs, the Tanko Yakasais, the Asabe Razors, the Bola Ogunbos, (Aminu Kano’s running mate in the 1983 presidential election), the Uche Chukumerijes, the Lekan Baloguns, the Ahmadu Jalingos, the Naja`atu Mohammeds, the member of the Yusuf Bala Usman and Bala Mohammed Memorial Committees and of course, our luminaries, Abba Musa Rimi, Abbudulkadir Balarabe Musa and Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi.

These men and women are distinguished by their membership of the political party most committed to national independence and emancipation of the downtrodden rather than any parochial identify. It is true that many people never agree with them. It is, nevertheless, correct to say that their intervention in any issue at anytime automatically becomes the threshold and the take-off point for others, either in agreement or disagreement.

Therefore, the process of a New Beginning in Nigeria should reckon with people who have been playing such a role consistently over time. In this wise, we in Jigawa state would not wait for history to celebrate them. We will beat history to it. We would celebrate them now. We would celebrate while alive and urge them to re-organize and do more. They are the most appropriate individuals and the collective to begin a re-politicization of Nigerians on the imperative of national independence and emancipation of the Talakawa. Their individual and collective profile in Nigeria means that they can provide that leadership and accomplish so much within the shortest possible time.

This is a task that will rekindle their ideal of our departed leaders, inspirers and Comrades like Mallam Aminu Kano , sa’ad Zungur, Lawan Danbazau , Gambo Sawaba, Bello Ijimu, Yusuf Bala Usman, Bala Mohammed and their class. The labour of these our heroes shall not be in vain.

It is therefore, with deep humility and sense of privilege that I, once again, welcome you all to Jigawa.

A Case of an Unusual Underdevelopment
As you all might be aware, our state manifests the worst indices of underdevelopment. I was born and raised here and have spent most part of my life adult life in the state. I have also been actively involved in the affairs of the state since my PRP days. Nevertheless it was the recent electioneering campaign tour that exposed me to the problems of our people in that most pathetic degree. In summary, the campaign tour brought me face – face with the uniquely unmitigated case of underdevelopment called Jigawa state.

The reality was worsened for me by the out pouring of emotions from the elderly, men, women and youth, some of them weeping in many cases. This is something I interpreted as a subtle reminder to me of the material and social hopelessness of their lives. How they came to the conclusion that I can make a difference in their lives baffles me! But I accept it as an invitation and an expression of their belief that somehow I can make the difference that together, we can fight poverty!

Let me therefore at this juncture; state the ideological background of the leadership of this new government. It is firmly anchored on the antecedent of democratic Humanism as defined and epitomized by its chief exponent, Malam Aminu kano. That is the only ideological framework by which this Government can satisfy the yearnings of the vast majority of our people whom poverty and misery have reduced to conditions unworthy of human beings. These are the people for whom life has, in the words of the people’s Redemption Party (PRP) “been a sad chronicle of unfulfilled promises, dashed hopes and unrealized expectation”.

It is about time government and governance in Nigeria concentrates on eliminating some of the historical nightmares of the Talakawa. That would be the only adequate tribute to the memory of Malam Aminu Kano for whom democracy is the rule of the common people, the poor and the illiterate.

Social Justice in this Context
Our research has shown the utter difficulty of deciding which of the many nightmares of the common people can be consigned into the dustbin of history at a sustainable financial cost. In resolving this puzzle. One has taken note of the grim existential reality of those who, in addition to the general material poverty of the majority of our people are physically challenged. Needless pointing out the degrading extent to which these people go to barely keep body and soul together, such as begging.

The moment of truth should, therefore start with these people. The Government of Jigawa hereby announces automatic monthly survival allowances of N7, 000.00 for every physically challenged indigene of the state. A draft bill to this effect will soon be forwarded to the state assembly. An immediate stock taking of those who fall within this social category will also commence and be concluded this week, this documentation which will form the basis of the legislative and budgetary framework of this policy will involve the active participation of institutions such as the traditional authority, the Council of Ulama , the Ministry of Social Welfare as well as the leaders of the various physically challenged groups including the lepers, the crippled and the blind.

It is expected that after one year there will be no beggars in Jigawa state. This stipend and the programme of inclusion of physically challenged persons in the impending industrial regeneration will take care of that. The essence is to make Jigawa a model of the prospects and possibilities of the theory and practice of fair trade. Fair trade in this context refers to the re-positioning of poor people in such a way that they can produce and such products will be bought in an international market arrangement at a price advantageous to them.

Jigawa state government will pursue this with all the energy at its disposal.

In fact, the implementation of this inclusion of the poorest of the poor will be the first task for the Jigawa development delivery and intervention crops (JIDDIC), a volunteers scheme that will be put in place immediately under the personal supervision of the Governor to facilitate delivery of services on a rapid responses basis. The imperative for this scheme resides in our recognition that a fundamental problem of governance has been the gap between promises to deliver and the delivery of promises, particularly to those who need the benefits most. There must be as many reasons for this sad gap. One of such reasons is the institutional mechanism for translating policies into benefits. While I endorse the civil services as an irreplaceable vehicle for governance, I am tempted to accept that our present situation justifies an additional development delivery and intervention mechanism. This would, however be made up of volunteers who can execute a rapid response approach to delivering development to people who have been taken for a ride for too long.

Additionally, the culture of a volunteer scheme is necessarily a great investment in leadership in the sense that the volunteers are young people who would acquire the nobility of service to community at a very little cost to the government.

In the next one year, the FOUR most urgent and life-saving services that government must deliver in the line with the Irreducible Minimum declared by the PDP will be handed by this scheme.

These services would include:
  • The deliberate and urgent mobilization of critical sections of our society, particularly women and children, against certain attitudes towards personal and environmental hygiene, maternal and child health care, girl education and agriculture productivity techniques among others.
  • Mobile medical emergency services for immunization, maternal and child health care, afflictions like TB, blindness, etc.
  • Comprehensive rehabilitation of primary and secondary schools, clinic and hospitals that must be undertaken immediately. Our traditional Islamic schools will also be part of this programme. We shall consult the council of Ulama on how best to go about this.
  • Massive re-forestation and tree planting campaign aimed at restoration of nature throughout Jigawa state. This particularly programme would enable us to use our youths to restore our natural green environment. It will also enable our children to grow with green leaves such that the environment forms part of their being again. In this connection, the state government intends to invite the Nobel laureate, Professor Wangari Mathaai, with a view to benefit from her expertise, thereby giving our own programme here a comparative African breath.
The design and coordination of these programmes will still reside with the respective ministries and agencies traditionally responsible for them but JIDDIC would be the implementing body.

The emphasis on a rapid, mobile minimal health care delivery component of the Irreducible Minimum of our party is such that the state government must quickly organize a crash programme for community health workers. A special meeting of the relevant agencies of government which would work out the details of this crash programme will hold immediately to put this into action.

While the strategy of an immediate stipend to physically challenged persons and direct development delivery system are adequate interim responses to the most severe cases of poverty in our society, they do not sufficiently attack the system that reproduce poverty on such a pervasive scale. To address that system, we must look at both the structural foundation and the many layers of differences it produces. In our society here, one of the most observable layers of such differences is the exclusion of women. Believing that it is about time to begin to reverse some of such elements of the systems, it is important to address the question of the girl education. One way and the best way that has been done elsewhere and must be done here is to use state power to create and widen access to education, for example, for our future mothers. The strategic role of women in the society demands no less. The government of Jigawa is, therefore conducting an immediate, special review of the situation with a view to providing free and automatic education for all girls of school going age in the state at all levels of education. It should be possible to commence the implementation of this policy by next October when a new school calendar begins.

The next key issue in the social group positioning is how to recover our artisans. In those days gone, the society had well trained qualitative and dignified artisans in terms of plumbers, electricians, mechanics, bricklayers, masons, blacksmiths and a host of them.

Today, that is not the case as the society has lost its soul and stopped emphasizing the functional essence of the education. There is the absolute need to recover the artisans because there is a gap they alone can fill in our ambition to industrialise. Towards this end the Jigawa state Government is equally conducting a special review of the situation with a view to re-equipping selected vocational training institution or opening new ones to provide this unfortunate missing link as from next October.

Closely tied to that is the crisis of agricultural production as they relate to food security and income stability in the rural economy. All the statistics show conclusively that more than 70 percent of the population is engaged in subsistence farming. Hunger, either at the level of the quantity of food produced or the quality of food particularly protein intake, has been a permanent feature. The application of fertilizers which could have mitigated this has, ironically been turned into an annual nightmare in terms of access to it by this category of farmers. Once again, something must be done, both from the point of view of social justice and collective survival. In this wise, the government hereby declares an Agricultural Emergency whose core is a massive subsidy on fertilizers and direct access to it by every active farmer in the state. The exact amount of the subsidy is already being worked out but the cost of a bag of fertilizers will be affordable in the real sense of the word, even by the poorest of the poor and this is with effect from this farming season which is very much at hand.

Agro-Industrial Transformation
The real challenge, even in the short-run, is transforming the economic into a modern one. The only way to do this is through an industry which, in turn, means bringing in investors. Jigawa state is clearly a goldmine in goat farming and leather products there from, salt mining, Gum Arabic and diaries. The issue is the lack of industries that would process these into industrial goods thereby guaranteeing employment, income stability, foreign exchange earnings, food and human security, all at once.

The state government has scheduled a series of meeting and discussion with potential investors and other stakeholders in this endeavour. This is a clarion call to all investors: all roads should lead to Jigawa where the state government is prepared to grant real concessions in this regard.

This same strategy will apply in the case of investors in mass housing units at the fastest speed. This also includes investors in the hospitality industry to come to Jigawa and so on. Dutse, for example, is already a natural tourist attraction with its spectacular scenery. This can be enhanced with functional hotels which could make many to bring their meetings, conferences and other social activities from other places to Dutse, our state capital.

Imperative of Co-operation
Being only a state in a federal republic of thirty-five other and a federal capital, there is very little we can do. But as a people with a deep consciousness of their progressive and forward looking orientation, there is no much we can do with whatever we get from federal allocation. We can still rapidly transform our society given the availability of land, the good climate and abundance of highly educated and capable human resources. The key requirement is being able to carry everyone along.

Carrying everyone along means that there must be cooperation between those in government and those outside of government. Without such co-operation, progress would be slow, clumsy and perhaps antagonistic.

But we do not ask you to co-operate with the government blindly. Rather, I ask you to co- operate based on your appraisal of the situation in which we are taking place. Our people must understand some of the changes very deeply before deciding whether to reject or embrace some of them. Even when we decide either to embrace or reject, we need moderation because absolutism in any form is simply repugnant to democracy and progress.

My Pledges
On my part, I have already said that I do not see my governorship as a personal victory but as a trust and opportunity to bring about the system which our people have struggled against many odds in the past to achieve.

Our programmes, pronouncements and actions will bear the unmistakable stamp of the moral and ideological character of the political background we come from. This government will not be wicked to any group or creed or races or class. Although it will be firm against slot, brigandage and acts capable of threatening order and peaceful co-existence, it would be fair, firm and just in doing that. Nobody or groups would need to lobby to get social, redistributive or allocate justice. I made this categorically clear while inaugurating the Transition Committee that heralded this regime, that this administration would be strictly guided by the tradition of identifying and selecting into publics office, people with proven faith and commitment to serving their own people without making noise about it as a subtle way of lobbying. This is because we reckon with such people to be expression of belief in them and in the idea of being advertised only by the culture of hard work.

I would strive every day as long as I am the Chief Executive of the state to be the Chief Advocate, agitator and defender of the weakest groups in the social chain here. Already, there has been designed a scorecard by which the government would be told the truth unsullied by protocol and bureaucratic red tapism. The whole essence of this is to guard against degeneracy in power and deviation from the guarantee of social justice, including on my own part. I assure you that where relative inadequacy of resources threatens redistributive and allocative justice, the poorest and the weakest will get their own share before any other set of people in the state.

So help us God.

The New State Secretariat Complex.Constructed By The Lamido Administration
The New State Secretariat Complex.Constructed By The Lamido Administration

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The Governor is principally in charge of the day to day running of the affairs of the state, with his Deputy, Secretary to the State Government, Head of Civil Service and appointed commissioners assisting. Together, these form executive council of the state. The executive arm is further divided into ministries, agencies and Parastatals (MDAs). Policy decisions are made by the Executive council and the commissioners are responsible for implementing these policies through their respective ministries.

Alhaji. Sule Lamido
Alhaji. Sule Lamido,
Executive Governor
Alhaji Ahmed Mahmoud
Alhaji Ahmed Mahmoud,
Deputy Governor
Alhaji Mustapha Aminu
Alhaji Mustapha Aminu,
Head of State
Civil Service
Alhaji Lawan Abdu
Alhaji Lawan Abdu,
Secretary to the
State Government

Ministries And Commissioners
1. Ministry Of Agriculture And Natural Resources - Alhaji Rabiu Isa
2. Ministry Of Commerce, Industries, Corperatives And Tourism - Hajiya Hauwa Lawan Baffa
3. Ministry Of Economic Empowerment - Alhaji Rabiu Isa - Acting
4. Ministry Of Education, Science And Technology - Professor Haruna Wakili
5. Ministry Of Environment - Dr Hassna Husseini
6. Ministry Of Finance And Economic Planning - Alhaji Nasiru Umar
7. Ministry Of Health - Dr Tafida Abubakar
8. Ministry Of Information, Youth, Sports And Culture - Hon. Babandi Ibrahim
9. Ministry Of Justice - Barrister Yakubu Abdullahi
10. Ministry Of Lands, Urban Development And Regional Planning - Alhaji Muhammad Barde Habib
11. Ministry For Local Government - Alhaji Salisu Sale
12. Ministry Of Rural Infrastructure And Community Development - Alhaji Jinjiri Abdulkadir
13. Ministry Of Special Duties - Alhaji Awwalu Muhammad
14. Ministry Of Water Resources - Alhaji Hannafi Yakubu
15. Ministry Of Works And Transport - Engineer Baba Suleiman Aliyu
16. Ministry Of Women Affairs And Social Welfare - Hajiya Hadiza Abdulwahab

The Legislature
Jigawa State House of Assembly is one of the 36 State Houses of Assembly in the Federation. It came into being as a result of the creation of Jigawa State out of the then Kano State. In 1991 under the leadership of General Ibrahim Babangida general elections was organized and Members were elected into the State House of Assembly on 14, December 1991.

The members were elected under two-party arrangement. The parties were; The Social Democratic Party (S.D.P) and the National Republican Convention (N.R.C).

The first Executive Governor Alhaji Ali Sa`ad Birnin Kudu inaugurated the first House of Assembly in 1992 with 42 members in the state assembly then representing various constituencies.

The forth republic House of Assembly was inaugurated in 1999 by the second Executive Governor Alhaji Ibrahim Saminu Turaki elected under the platform of the ANPP and by then, the number of the House of Assembly members weas reduced to 30. In 2003 another set of 30 members were inaugurated by the same Ibrahim Saminu Turaki who secured his second term as Governor in the 2003 elections.

Leadership Background
When the third Republic took -off on 2nd January, 1992, the House was proclaimed on 13th January 1992 with the Hon. Sani Abdullahi Zugai as Speaker. He presided over the affairs of the House from 13th January - 15th oct. 1992. On 15th Oct, 1992, Sani Abdullahi was impeached by the members and Hon. Isa Zakari was elected as the speaker. Prior to that, Hon. Isah was the Deputy Speaker. He presided from 15th October 1992 to 17th November, 1993 when the third republic ended through a military coup.

With the ushering in of the fourth Republic, the House of Assembly took off on 10th June, 1999 with the election of Hon. Babannan Rabo Aujara as the Speaker up till May 31st 2000 before he was removed and replaced with Hon. Iliyasu Saidu Dundubus who presided over the affairs of the till the 29th of July 2003 when Hon. Mustapha Makama was elected as speaker.

He held forth until May 29th 2007 when the new state leadership was inaugurated following which Hon. Adamu Ahmed was elected to lead the House on the 1st of June 2007.

The State Judiciary
The Jigawa State Judiciary came into being on the 27th day of August 1991 on the creation of Jigawa State from the old Kano State by the military administration of General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida. At its inception, the Judiciary was faced with awful manpower and infrastructural problems, which were equally evident in the State Capital, Dutse. This was because only four (4) High Court Judges and two (2) Kadis of Jigawa State origin were deployed from old Kano State. The four (4) High Court Judges were posted to Birnin Kudu, Hadejia and Kazaure, with the pioneer Chief Judge (Hon. Justice Tijjani Abubakar OFR) sitting at Birnin Kudu then as an Acting Chief Judge.

These three geographical areas were earlier proposed as Judicial Divisions by the old Kano State Judiciary, but when they fell within the new State, the new Judiciary adopted and maintained them as Judicial Divisions. The impact of the growth in the Judiciary was felt not only within the state and the nation but beyond with the secondment of Hon. Justice Abubakar Sabo Tahir to the Gambian Judiciary in 2001 as the Gambian Chief Judge attested to this. The pioneer Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Tijjani Abubakar OFR, retired in December, 2009, and was replaced by Hon. Justice Muhktar Adamu.

Speaker, State House Of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Adamu Ahmed
Speaker, State House Of Assembly,
Rt. Hon. Adamu Ahmed
The State Chief Judge, Justice Mukhtar Adamu
The State Chief Judge,
Justice Mukhtar Adamu

Bold Footprints
In May 2007 when the present leadership of Governor Sule Lamido took the mantle of stewardship of the state, Jigawa was from all available indices a near failed state for the fact that the civil service that was supposed to provide the much needed support in the implementation of government policies and programmes was bastardised and the morale of the workforce down to its lowest ebb. Poverty was boldly written on the faces of a greater majority of the populace.

Six years on, the present administration through good governance and prudent management of scarce resources had distinguished itself in many fronts, especially on the area of what is generally called “Democracy Dividends”.

In taking stock of the last six years, to the admiration of even the harshest critics, the leadership had not only boosted the morale of its workforce by providing all necessary incentives to get the best out of them; but equally impacted positively on the lives of the people of Jigawa state at all levels through the provision of critical amenities and necessary infrastructure for human survival and community deve- lopment.

It is to the credit of the administration that the state capital usually referred to as a ‘Glorified Local Government Headquarter’ has been turned into a sprawling city of beauty and comfort so much so that Dutse now truly lives by its acronym as the “New World.”

In trying to highlight the achievements recoded so far, a catalogue was made of each sector and how they impact on the state development from 2007 to date.

Office Of The Deputy Governor Dutse
Office Of The Deputy Governor Dutse

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His Excellency, Sule Lamido, On The Occasion Of His Swearing-In As The Governor (May 29th, 2007)
His Excellency, Sule Lamido, On The Occasion Of His Swearing-In As The Governor (May 29th, 2007)
  His Excellency, Sule Lamido, On The Occasion Of His Swearing-In As The Governor (May 29th, 2007)
His Excellency, Sule Lamido, On The Occasion Of His Swearing-In As The Governor (May 29th, 2007)
  His Excellency, Sule Lamido, On The Occasion Of His Swearing-In As The Governor (May 29th, 2007)
His Excellency, Sule Lamido, On The Occasion Of His Swearing-In As The Governor (May 29th, 2007)


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