Kano State government is working to complete two free trade zones to ease the process of doing business in and out of the state.
The state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje announced this at the Bank of Industry headquarters, Abuja, shortly after a meeting with the Managing Director of Ruyi Group, the Chinese Textiles and Garments Industry that bought the African Textile Manufacturers Company at Challawa, Kano.
Ganduje said : More proactive steps would be taken towards actualizing the optimal utilization of the zones in earnest.
The two free trade zones are the Panisau Free Trade and the Dala Inland Dry Port, in which millions of Naira have already been invested.
The Free Zone at Panisau commenced in year 1992, while Dala Dry Port at Zawachiki started formally in year 2006. Regrettably, both have continued to face completion challenges. While the Panisau Free Zone will soon be partially privatized, the bottlenecks being faced by Dala would be removed, the governor assured.
He pointed out that his administration had invited many foreign and indigenous investors and had showed commitment by granting concessions, providing land and joining Public Private Partnerships.
This is the time to invest in Kano, as Kano is continuing to earn awards for being the most improved state on ease of doing business. Seeing or meeting the Governor whenever required is there for the asking. Kano people are agreed to be the most hospitable people, highly industrious and business oriented, the governor stressed.
Ganduje said:Kano will soon have opportunities to establish businesses in the two free zones. Panisau has 264 hectares, Dala has 200 hectares. There are also two other parcels of land for Free Zones, about 160 hectares at Kanye in Karaye and over 200 hectares in Ungoggo local government areas.
On the meeting with the Chinese investor, Dr. Ganduje said: It reviewed the BOI intervention and the actualization of the Ruyi /ATM takeover, the establishment of a Textile and Garment Industrial Park in Kano and one each in the Eastern and Western regions. Varying incentives packages were revealed.
The Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, ERGP, was extensively discussed. Importantly, the actualization of the Free zones in Kano was discussed extensively, he added.
Governor Ganduje was represented by the Kano state Commissioner for Commerce, Ahmad Rabi’u.
Also at the meeting were Mr. Sun, the Special Assistant to the Chairman, Mr. Weidong Wang, top executives of the Bank of Industry, the Special Adviser to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investments, Mr. Femi Edun and a Technical Assistant in the office of the Vice President, Mr. Kolawole Omole.
Source: Voice of Nigeria