Dubai Expo: Gombe Gov Visits Nigerian Pavilion, Woos Investors

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Segun Awofadeji in Gombe

Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Yahaya yesterday visited the Nigerian Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and interacted with some prospective investors with concentration on the state potential in agro-treprenuership, agro-allied processing and marketing.

The Expo 2020 is a world exhibition of industrial goods and services currently going on in Dubai from October 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022. It was originally scheduled for October 20, 2020, to April 10, 2021, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

President Muhammadu Buhari had in December 2021 led a Nigerian delegation to Dubai to attend the Nigeria Day and also participated in a trade and investment forum where he stressed the need to reinforce partnerships to limit the catastrophic consequences of the global surge occasioned by COVID-19.

According to a statement signed by the Director-General (Press Affairs), Government House, Ismaila Uba Misilli, which was made available to journalists in Gombe yesterday, “The Dubai Expo 2020 with the theme: ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, provided the opportunity for Nigeria and indeed state governments and organisations to build meaningful partnerships for the betterment of their people.

“There are over 20 different minerals resources and agricultural produce from Gombe State on display at the Nigerian Pavilion in Dubai.”

Yahaya, during the visit, according to the statement, interacted with the Nigerian officials as well as some prospective investors with Gombe State potential in agro-treprenuership, agro-allied processing and marketing in focus, especially with the establishment of the Muhammadu Buhari Industrial Park in Dadinkowa, located within the vicinity of the completed hydropower plant, which already has 40 megawatts of power.

The project has been described as big attraction for investors and industrialists, as the zone boasts of fertile agricultural land and other natural resources.