Jigawa state is one of the 36 states in Nigeria, located in the North Eastern part of Nigeria and it was founded on the 27th of August, 1996. The Capital of Jigawa state is Dutse. Jigawa state shares border with Kano, Katsina, Bauchi, Yobe and the Republic of Niger.

Islam is the major and dominant religion in Jigawa state, with a minute percentage of the indigenous population practicing Christianity. Hausa and English languages are the major means of communications in the urban area in Jigawa state especially in the state capital Dutse, but indigenous languages are spoken in rural communities.

Aside from state government who happen to be the largest employer of labor, the Agriculture industry also accounts for a good chunk of revenue for the state government. Cattle rearing, carpentry, trade and commerce, blacksmithing, leather works, metal work, auto repairs, dyeing, food processing and masonry are other areas that provided income for people in Jigawa state.

No doubt, Jigawa state is one of the states in the northern part of Nigeria that has a bright prospect for investors. This so because there is a free trade zone in Jigawa state, coupled with the fact that the state government is in partnership with international bodies to help develop the infrastructures of the state. The state receives supports from the British government, World Bank, DFID, UNICEF, UNDP and other multilateral agencies.

If you are an investor and you are looking towards establishing a business in the Northern part of Nigeria, then you should consider investing in Jigawa state. Below are the top 10 business opportunities in Jigawa state;

10 Small Business Investment Opportunities in Jigawa State

1. Leather Works Business

Jigawa state is one of the states notable for leather works, although most of the products from their leather may not match up with international standard. If you are interested in competing with Italian companies when it comes to leather work, then you should consider starting your own leather works business in Jigawa state. The truth is that once your products; wallets, bags, shoes, belts, et al, are neatly finished, your market won’t be restricted to Nigeria. You can as well export your products to other countries of the world; besides, it is economical to set up this type of business in Jigawa state.

2. Metal Fabrication Company

Metal works is another source of income for indigenes of Jigawa state. As an investor, if you can consider establishing your own metal fabrication company in Jigawa state. It is economical to start this type of business in Jigawa state, because you will have access to cheap labor and cheap raw materials. Just ensure that you market your business very well and you will get good returns on your investment.

3. Food Processing and Packaging Company

If you are interested in the food industry, you can consider setting up your own food processing and packaging company in Jigawa state. The truth is that, Jigawa state has the infrastructure that will support the growth of your business. The state has its own Independent Power Plant (IPP), good road network, Good health infrastructure and good IT infrastructure.

4. Information Communications Technology Company

Jigawa sate is one of the few states in the Northern part of Nigeria that has fully embraced Information Communications Technology. As an IT person- if you are looking for a state in the north to start your IT business, then you can consider starting it in Jigawa state. The truth is that there are loads of organizations ranging from government offices to schools that would need your services. Much more than providing Information communication technology services, you can also add the sales and repair of IT gadgets like laptops, modem, routers, printers, and mouse et al to your business offering.

5. Car Wash Business

Jigawa state is one of the states in the Northern part of Nigeria where a car wash business can thrive. There are appreciable car owners in Jigawa state especially in the state capital Dutse who would need the services of car wash if they come across one in the state. The truth is that there are minimal standard car washes in Dutse. So, if you are looking for easy to setup business to start in Jigawa state, then you can consider opening your own car wash business. Just ensure that it is located along a busy road and you won’t struggle to attract clients.

6. Mechanized Farming

As a matter of fact, the whole states in Nigeria are lagging behind when it comes to mechanized farming. As a result, if you have the financial capacity as an investor, then you should look towards investing in mechanized farming in Jigawa state. Starting your own mechanized farming business is a step for positioning for the future because those who are into manual farming will soon be faced out of business.

7. Auto Sale, Maintenance and Repair Centre

Another good business that does not have a strong presence in Jigawa state is auto sale, maintenance and repair centre. If you don’t have the expertise and capacity to setup this type of business from the scratch, you can buy franchise from an established brand or look for partners. It is indeed a profitable line of business to invest in.

8. Jewelry Business

You can comfortably become a jewelry merchant in Jigawa state. The free trade zone and easy access to Niger Republic makes it easier for those that engage in this type of business to record huge sell. The truth is that if you start this type of business in Jigawa state especially the sale of Gold and Arabian jewelry, you are going to make huge returns on your investment.

9. Vet Clinic

There are loads of animals in Jigawa that serve domestic purposes. It is for that reason that you may consider opening a vet clinic. This means that you would find enough clients who would be willing to have you treat their cows, goats, cattle and what have you.

10. Barber Shop

This is one business that never goes into extinction. This is because of the importance for men to have a haircut. This is not to rule out the fact that there may be some females who prefer to have a haircut. Whatever case it may be; be sure that your shop is strategically positioned to attract customers.

Choosing to start some of the ideas given in this article; only means that you must be ready for hard work, if you want to succeed.