The UK High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, described Kano-UK relationship as cordial, expressing desire to further strengthen it.
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
Kano to strengthen ties with UK
Catriona Laing made the observation on Thursday when she paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ganduje of Kano State at his office, Government House, Kano.
According to her, following the British’s exit from the European Union, the country is now looking forward to strengthening relationship with its traditional partners in the Commonwealth, particularly Africa.
Laing said: “We are on a journey to re-establishing and streghthening relationship with our traditional partners in the Commonwealth, in Africa and in particular Nigeria.”
“Kano is one of our favorite stays, as we have a strong team here as its industrial based.”
She added that the British looking forward to working with the Kano State Government, in terms of human development, economy and agriculture, as the commission will engage the governor in a dialogue which will be of mutual beneficial to the two parties.
The high commissioner, however, hailed Governor Ganduje’s policies especially those bordering human development.
She added: “We will be exploring the future in the next four years, as we have a good suggestion on your policies especially those bordering human development, especially in education; but to make this investment the economy has to be flourishing.
“We will also be working with you in agriculture which is the mainstay of you economy.”
In his remarks, Governor Ganduje of Kano State said that the long standing relationship between Nigeria and UK is well-known, being Nigeria a former British colony.
The governor stated that the state, and the country at large, has many issues that require urgent attention, although the state is doing everything within its capacity to come up with solutions.
Ganduje said: “Areas that need urgent attention and which you can come in is education, healthcare and agriculture. We have just implemented free and compulsory education policy, which is a heavy loaded statement that requires a lot of planning, coordination and funding.
“We believe we can succeed because if we get education right all other things like security, economy, among others, fall into place.”
Ganduje, however, disclosed that his administration is taking other areas like unemployment, population explosion by creating an enabling environment, as well as the Tsangaya system of education that is undergoing serious integration.
He added: “We have some thorough discussions recently at the Northern Governors Forum about the movement of Almajiris from one part of the country to another. We are planning to see how we can control such movements. All we need is controlled situation.”
According the governor, healthcare delivery system is witnessing serious improvement, as the state government is working to increase healthcare delivery as well as to bring healthcare under one roof.