By Garba Haruna Abdullahi
Impressed with the report submitted to him by the Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II’s Kano State Investment Advisory Committee, the governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje says: “We are taking advantage of your global connection, disposition, personality, commitment and interest in the development of the state and the nation in general, through this committee.”
He made the commendation when the committee presented its first report to the governor recently, after an official tour to the People’s Republic of China in search of investors, an assignment described by the governor as patriotic and community-centred.
In a press a statement issued by Chief Secretary to the Governor, Abba Anwar, Ganduje said: “The fact that you have already made your name before becoming an Emir is enough an asset for this committee. You are the soul of this committee. In fact it is because of you that we raised this committee. We believe with you around, many investors around the world will be attracted. And they have the market here.”
The governor assured the committee that government would look into the report and respond to it positively, encouraging that, “…we are sure that you are taking this assignment with full sense of commitment and responsibility, Your Highness.”
Ganduje promised to always liaise with the Emirate Council on matters of economic development, adding: “All we are after is an effective and efficient economic development. That is why we deem it fit and necessary to make you the chairman of this Investment Advisory Committee.
“Even the good reception you were accorded in China was because of your presence in this assignment. So also the good acceptance you have from federal government agencies, your appearance means a lot in this respect,” he concluded.
Earlier, Emir Sanusi in his submission had assured that: “We are putting in our best to attract foreign investors for the state. Some other time during our work, we went through some Ministries and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). And now we decided to concentrate on the business community.”
He disclosed that during their China tour, the committee had visited places that had to do with agriculture and industrial development.
“It is good for all of us to understand that Kano’s location and history make it a unique place to attract investors. During our China tour we came across a solar panel production company and the other company is that of house equipment from Ghana. All promised to come to Kano and invest,” revealed the Emir.