Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto has decried the low level of investments of Saudi Arabian businessmen in the state and Nigeria in general.
Tambuwal said this at the weekend in Sokoto when the Consul-General of the Royal Consulate-General of Saudi Arabia, Majed bn. Mohammad Al-Qhatani, paid him a courtesy visit.
Tambuwal said: ‘’The Saudi Arabian businessmen were rather going to countries like Ghana, Burkina Faso and other African nations.
‘’Sokoto state and Nigeria badly need such investments from the Saudi business moguls.
‘’They should come to Nigeria and the state in particular and establish full value chain agro-allied firms.
“These companies can process food products and export same to their nation and other parts of the world.’’
Tambuwal further called for the purchase of sacrificial animals by the Saudi government during the annual hajj exercise.
The governor commended the Saudi government for annually awarding scholarship grants to indigenes of the state to study in its Universities.
He further lauded the Consul-General for the provision of speedy consular services for main hajj and the lesser hajj exercises.
‘’A high -powered delegation from the state will soon visit Saudi Arabia.
‘’Part of the discussions will be the increment of the scholarship slots to the indigenes of the state.
‘’They will also centre on increasing the slots of the participants of the annual Long Vocation Islamic Education Course organized by Saudi Arabia,’’ he averred.
Tambuwal promised to work tirelessly to boost the existing cordial relations between Saudi Arabia, Sokoto state and Nigeria.
Mohammed had earlier congratulated Nigerians on the occasion of the country’s 56th Independence anniversary.
The envoy noted that,Saudi Arabia had last week also successfully celebrated its 85th national day.
The Consul-General promised to continue to work to sustain the existing cordial relations between Sokoto State, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia.