Sokoto is located in the extreme northwest of Nigeria, near to the confluence of the Sokoto River and the Rima River, with an estimated population of five million. It borders with Niger Republic to the North, Katsina State to the East, Zamfara State to the Southeast, Kebbi State to the South and Benin Republic to the West. The name Sokoto is of Arabic origin, representing Suk, ‘market’. Being the seat of the Sokoto Caliphate, the city is predominantly Muslim and an important seat of Islamic learning in Nigeria. Sokoto is in the dry Sahel surrounded by sandy savannah and isolated hills.
Sokoto is renowned for its historic architecture such as the ancient gates that are found around the city and the magnificent Sultan’s Palace. There is abundance of grains such as maize, rice, sorghum and other cereals. Minerals such as kaolin, gypsum, limestone, phosphate both yellow and green, and shade clay among others are available in commercial quantities.
The area of the present Sokoto was the home of many empires and kingdoms of the pre-colonial western Sudan. These include the Gobir and Kebbi kingdoms as well as the world-renowned caliphate whose spiritual and political capital is the headquarters of the state. Sokoto had been used as early as October 1804 by the great Shehu Usman Dan Fodiyo as the venue for the meeting with Galadima. Sokoto became the headquarters of the north-western state created in 1967. Sokoto metropolis has thus been the capital of various governments since its establishment by Caliph Muhammad Bello in 1809.
Aminu Waziri Tambuwal was elected as governor after the April 11th General Elections. He has previously served as a Speaker of the House of Representatives of Nigeria.
Since taking office, his Excellency has improved the efficiency and effectiveness of the states civil service. He has also made it his mission to improve the state in terms of Agriculture, Education, general health and women empowerment.
During his inauguration speech his Excellency outlined his vision of engendering a private sector driven economy and promote public-private partnership for sustainable economic growth and development.
To achieve this vision his Excellency has revamped and re-energized the Sokoto Investment Company to collaborate with the ministry of commerce and Industry among others to improve private sector investment in the state. By building beneficial relationships with ministries, government agencies, organized private sector and civil society groups for the purpose of engineering economic growth and creating relative economic independence for Sokoto state.
His Excellency advocates replacing foreign imports with domestic production as well as looking inward for raw materials especially in the agricultural and mining sector. Sokoto has an abundance of raw materials that can replace imports for example public-private partnership through investment in infrastructure, is boosting yarn production in Sokoto to meet the demands of Nigeria booming textile industry.