Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso
By Ibrahim Shuaibu in Kano
Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State has stressed the need for investors to take advantage of the abundant human and natural resources, which abound in the state.
Kwankwaso, who disclosed this recently, during a three-day India International Garment Fair 2013 at Pragati Maidan, in New Delhi, said it was imperative for investors to avail themselves with the conducive business climate which the state government had made possible for would-be investors in the state.
Speaking at the fair, Kwankwaso was said to have specifically sourced for facilities and expertise ahead of the state government’s planned establishment of 44 crafts schools in the state.
Organised by India Apparel Export Promotion Council, the event, which is the 50th in the past 23 years, is a specialised business fair that offers a platform for showcasing the latest trends in the garments/accessories and fashion jewelry industries.
However, a statement signed by the Director Press, Halilu Dantiye, and issued in Kano revealed that Kwankwaso also wooed investors for its planned remodelling of some agricultural supplies stores in local government areas and garment production centres in the state.
Speaking during the event, the governor noted that India had vast experience and technology in the garment production sector that could be tapped to revolutionise production of clothing in Kano and open up more job opportunities for the teeming youths of the state.
He took time off to visit Raj Knitters, a leading garment and fabric industry in the country, where the Managing Director, Mr. Sanjeev Nagpal, promised to look into ways of collaborating with the state government for the setting up of a similar industry in the state.
In another development, Kwankwaso was also said to have paid a visit to Medanta, one of Asia’s largest specialty medical institutes in Gurgaon, near New Delhi, which was founded by an eminent cardiac surgeon, Dr. Naresh Trehan.
During a meeting with the Chairman/CEO of the institute, the governor explained that the state has three new hospital buildings, which the state government was planning to use as centres of medical care, clinical research, education and training, in collaboration with interested investors.
He maintained that the state has the right potentials for Private-Public Partnership (PPP) in the health sector, explaining that the state’s population, her strategic commercial position and government’s political will, among other things, makes the state a leading investor’s destination in Nigeria.
On his part, the Chairman/CEO of the institute, Dr. Naresh Trehan, promised to send a delegation to inspect the tree hospital buildings in Kano for possible partnership in setting up a specialised hospital and medical university.
Also, during his four-day working visit to India, Kwankwaso visited some public and private organisations and participated in presentations by potential investors including Kewalram-Chanrai Group, JAIN Irrigation Limited, Skipper Electric Company and EDCIL.