Kaduna state is part of the 36 states in Nigeria, it is located in North Central part of the country and it was created on the 27thof May, 1967. The capital of Kaduna state is called Kaduna and it is one of the biggest cities in the state. Zaria is another big city within Kaduna state. The state is nicked name ‘The Home of Learning’.
Kaduna state is amongst the states in the Northern part of Nigeria that has a good mix of both Christians and Muslims. Kaduna state comprises of over 57 ethnic groups and the languages that are generally spoken in Kaduna are Hausa, English and Pidgin English. The state can boast of having one of the finest universities in Nigeria – the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) located in Zaria and it is the home of the Nigerian Defense Academy (NDA), the Nigerian Military School (NMS), Nigerian Army World College and Nigerian College of Aviation.
The economy of Kaduna state revolves around agriculture, arts and crafts, trade and commerce and the service industry. NNPC has a refinery and office in Kaduna, Peugeot Automobile also has their plant in Nigeria and loads of banks and other organization including Kaduna textile mills are major employers of labor in the state. Also because of the proximity of Kaduna to Abuja – the nation’s capital, loads of people live in Kaduna and work in Abuja as a way of escaping the high cost of living in Abuja.
If you are an investor looking towards investing in Kaduna state, then you will find the following top10 business opportunities helpful;
Kaduna state is one of the few states in Nigeria that host a lot of the top grade higher institutions in Nigeria. If you are looking towards leveraging on this advantage to start a business, then you should consider starting your own educational consulting service in Kaduna state.
Much more than helping students secure admission in this higher institutions in Kaduna states and also else where within Nigeria and abroad, you can also include exams preparatory class as part of your service. The truth is that once people noticed that your students passes their exams with flying colors and secure admission into higher institutions of their choice, your facility won’t be big enough to contain the influx of students that will need you service.
The nick name given to Kaduna state ‘The Home of Learning’ is not out of place because of the presence of several higher institutions and the hunger for knowledge in the state. Part of the business that is needed in the state is a standard bookshop where students can come purchase their books from. You can as well open an online store / library where people can buy softcopies of books – although it is a futuristic business idea, but you can hit the ground now and start gathering momentum.
Most banks and companies in Nigeria have their presence in Kaduna state and from time to time they look for staff to fill in vacant position. If you are an HR person, you can look in the line of starting your own recruitment agency in Kaduna state. All you need to do is to source for recruitment contracts from companies and organizations around you. It is indeed a thriving business in Kaduna especially if you include training and workforce capacity building as part of your business offerings.
Corporate cleaning is yet another viable and profitable business an entrepreneur can successfully start in Kaduna state. There are loads of organizations that would need your service if you open your corporate cleaning service business in Kaduna state. Organizations like hospitals, banks, and other corporate organization should be your target.
As a matter of fact, Kaduna state is one of the states in the Northern Part of Nigeria that appreciates western fashion – most of the state residences are liberal. So, if you are interested in the fashion industry, then you can consider opening your own boutique or fashion house. This type of business is indeed profitable in Kaduna state especially if it is well located.
6. Petroleum Products Distribution Business
The presence of NNPC Kaduna refinery brings with it loads of business opportunities for entrepreneurs in Kaduna state. Part of what you need to do to leverage on this opportunity is to start your own petroleum products distribution business in Kaduna. If you are hard working, you will have loads of installations to supply products like fuel, diesel and kerosene too. It is a good way of making cool cash in Kaduna state, but you have to go through the process of obtaining the required business permit and license.
Cattle ranch is yet another business that is thriving in Kaduna state especially in Zaria and Kaduna north. All you need to do to have an edge in this type of business is to include meat processing as part of what you do. Shredded meat and well smoked meat (Kilichi) is been sold in all parts of the Nigeria – you can become a major distributor.
8. Wholesale Foodstuff Business
Wholesale of foodstuff like rice, beans, garri, grains and yam, amongst others, is one business that is highly thriving in Kaduna state. Just ensure that you rent a shop that is easily accessible and you won’t have to struggle to attract customers on a daily basis.
9. Mobile Phone, Computers and Accessories Shop
The advent of GSM communications in Nigeria has opened up new business opportunities for entrepreneurs and one of them is the sale of mobile phones, computers and its accessories. You can start this type of business in Kaduna; it is indeed a profitable venture.
10. Restaurant Business-: Restaurant business is yet another highly thriving business in Kaduna. You can consider starting your own restaurant in any part of the state capital or in Zaira. The bottom line is to ensure that your foods are good and your restaurant is well positioned.