Kano state governor Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and the Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II, on Wednesday met with the President of Shandong Provincial Committee, who led a high-level delegation of Chinese investors to discuss areas of mutual benefit and interest between them.
Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje briefed the delegation from China that “It is important for the two of us, Kano and Shandong Province to concentrate on these areas for our industrial development. These are leather, textile, agro-allied, particularly rice and wheat, farm mechanization and solid minerals.”
A statement issued by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Abba Anwar on Wednesday said the meeting held in Lagos, is a follow-up of a visit to China by the Emir recently, as the Chairman of the Kano Investment Advisory Committee, when the Deputy Governor led the delegation from the state.
In the statement, Kano, according to the governor, “…is the most attractive destination for investors. With our population, being the most populous state in the country and the strategic position of the state, as the commercial nerve centre of Northern Nigeria and some other neighbouring countries, it is a clear explanation that, whoever invests in Kano has an automatic market.”
He reveals that the appointment of the Emir of Kano to chair the Advisory Committee was done out of the hope and a clear understanding that, with Emir’s wealth of experience, “…a respected economist with international exposure, he would play a critical role in getting things done.”
Governor Ganduje urged the President of Shandong, to also consider the state education sector, as it was part of the agreement signed between Kano and Shandong. He said “Education development intervention is another area we want to work on. With an emphasis on vocational training, ICT, skills acquisition and education exchange programmes.”
Emir Sanusi after expressing his gratitude to the Chinese delegation reminded that “The world is now talking about renewable energy and solar power. All these areas are part of our major and critical areas also.”
“With the support of Kano state and Shandong, we can get to the promised land. When we started visiting China under this arrangement, we were mandated by the governor to do our best and see to the success of this effort,” Emir said.
The statement added that for further discussions, the Chinese delegation would be in Kano tomorrow Thursday to meet with the Kano group for consolidating agreements and business relationships.