The Kano State Government has expressed commitment toward the actualization of the multibillion Naira Kano Economic City (KEC).
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje made this known at a Zonal sensitization and consultation workshop on African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in Kano, North-West Nigeria, on Wednesday.
He said the State Government found it necessary to complete the project in view of the fact that when completed, it would facilitate international trade.
According to him, the Kano Economic City (KEC) will also go a long way in modernizing the existing major metropolitan markets at Kantin Kwari, Sabon Gari, Dawanau and Kurmi.
Some of these markets have been in existence for centuries, with Kurmi market dating back to the 15th centuries, he said.
Ganduje also expressed optimism that KEC would in a great way transform the economy of Kano and restore it to its enviable position as a strategic sub-Saharan African trade hub linking Central Africa.
KEC is an approach initiated by the Kano State Government to improve the quality of the urban context.”
He said the effort would be achieved through the relocation of numerous commercial activities that clogged up the city.
When completed, the project is expected to decongest the prime areas within the metropolitan.
The Governor said it would also provide space for new functions to boost economic activities in the city and facilitate the African Continental free Trade Areas.
Ganduje disclosed that the State Government had embarked on a strategy for the actualization of the pioneer Free Zone at Panisau.
Other free zones, he said were the Kanye Karaye Local Government Area site, Dala Inland Dry port Transport and Logistics free zone.
These free zones are contributing over 1,000 hectares of land for free zone enterprises.
He commended the organizers of the event for choosing Kano for the occasion.
Earlier in his remarks, the Director-General, Nigeria Office for Trade Negotiations (NOTN), Amb. Chiedu Osakwe, said the programme was organized in compliance with the Federal Government directive.
He also said that it was to sensitize people and seek their inputs on AfCFTA.
The event was organized by the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment in collaboration with Nigeria Office for Trade Negotiations (NOTN).
The sensitization and consultations were aimed at giving Nigerians the opportunity to deliberate on the benefits or otherwise of joining AfCFTA.
Various stakeholders such as Representatives of the Nigerian Customs Service, Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigerian Export Promotion Council, National Association of Small Scale Industries and Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, among others, also attended the occasion.
Source: Voice of Nigeria