Katsina Reiterates Resolve to Partner Governmental, Nongovernmental Bodies on Infrastructure Development

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-Pix: Katsina Govt and ICRC officials during the visit

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Katsina State Government has reassured of its resolve to collaborate with other governmental organizations and private bodies toward infrastructural and economic development of the state.

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The State Deputy Governor, Qs Mannir Yakubu, gave the assurance when he visited the headquarters of Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission (ICRC) in Abuja.

Alhaji Mannir Yakubu said the objective of the visit is to increase collaboration between Katsina State and the commission towards promoting public-private partnership and ensuring that all agencies abide by the terms of contract, among others.

He explained that the components of the visit include issue of Funtua Textile and Garment Park, Lambar Rimi wind mill power project, completion of Funtua Dry Port, among others.

The Deputy Governor further said the state has been intensifying collaboration with all relevant stakeholders to ensure the set goals are achieved.

Alhaji Mannir Yakubu revealed that in his position as chairman Micro , Small and Medium Enterprises Council and State Planning Commission, the visit is part of the MSME  council’s collaboration with the Federal  ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs)  to ensure rapid economic development of the state.

He noted that Katsina State is the highest producer of cotton in Nigeria and Funtua has a lot of Cotton Ginneries which is suitable for the establishment of Funtua Integrated Textile and Garment Park.

On the issue of Funtua Inland Dry Port, the Deputy Governor said it possesses all required facilities, including rail line, trunk A road, and electricity supply, among others.

He called on ICRC DG to intimate Nigeria Shippers Council for the realisation of the project.

Speaking during the visit, the Director General of the Katsina State Investment Promotion Council (KIPA), Alhaji Ibrahim Tukur Jikanshi, called on ICRC to build the capacity of the state officials in public-private partnership.

He also called for the  possibility of linking Funtua rail lines with Kano – Katsina to Maradi rail lines.

In his remarks, the Ag DG Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission, Barrister Joseph Aniku Michael, said Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Council was to regulate public-private partnership endeavors of federal republic of Nigeria.

He added that the aim was to address Nigerian physical infrastructure deficit which hampers economic development.

The DG said part of the collaborative effort include plan to conduct economic summit in Katsina State.

Responding on the need for capacity building, the DG, ICRC, stated its readiness to that effect and called for the formation of a technical team to facilitate better collaboration in the area of realisation of Funtua Textile and Garment Park as well as the Inland Dry Port./SHARE THIS

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