Katsina Monarch, Bello Commends FG for Citing Funtua FreeTrade Zone

Kanwan Katsina 111, Ketare District Head, Alhaji Usman Bello Kankara 'mni'

 

From Left: Katsina Governor Masari, Prof. Adesoji and Kanwan Katsina 111, Head Ketare District, Alhaji Usman Bello Kankara ‘mni’

By Frontline Reporters

The Kanwan Katsina 111 District Head of Ketare has commended the Federal Government for citing a free trade zone in Funtua local government of Katsina state.

Alhaji Usman Bello Kankara gave the commendation when he hosted the Managing Director of Nigeria Export Processing Zone Agency NEPZA and his entourage to a dinner in his private residence in Katsina.

The MD NEPZA who was on official visit to Katsina to interact with the state government on arrangement for the take up of the Funtua free trade zone was a nineteen eighty two course mate of Kanwan Katsina in the Nigeria Customs Service.

The Traditional Ruler said establishing the free trade zone will boast socio-economic activities of people and provide job opportunity to teeming youths of the state.

He uses the occasion to advise the MD to strengthen the legal framework both at state and Federal Government level to ensure continuity and sustainability of the project.

Responding, the Managing Director, Nigeria Export Processing Zone Agency Professor Adesoji Adesogba express delight for the warm reception accorded to him and his entourage by his former colleague in the Nigeria customs service.

Kanwan Katsina 111 and Head District Head of Ketare, Alhaji Usman Bello Kankara ‘mni’ poses in photo with the Managing Director of NEPZA, Prof. Adesoji Adesogba

He said there are two projects slated for Katsina state which include the Funtua free trade zone and the Katsina medical tourism park.

The Managing Director said the NEPZA team has interacted with the Katsina state government team on the take up of the Funtua free trade zone and land has already been provided for the project.

Professor Adesoji Adesogba who was happy to be in Katsina for the second time said he had served as the officer in-charge of Federal Operation Unit of the Nigeria customs Service during his career with the customs.

 In a related development, hundreds of indigenes of Katsina state are already  heaving a sigh of relieve as the Funtua integrated textile garment project is expected  to create more job opportunities to the teeming unemployed youths in the state will soon commence operations in the state.

The Katsina State Deputy Governor, QS. Manir Yakubu reassured this while speaking when he played host to Prof. Adesoji Adesugba, the Managing Director of the Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA) in his office, said the state is working with the ministry of trade and investment to diversify its economy.

Kanwan Katsina 111, Ketare District Head, Alhaji Usman Bello Kankara exchanging greetings with the Deputy Governor of Katsina state, QS. Manir Yakubu.

He said that arrangements have been consummated at the highest level for the smooth take-off of the Funtua integrated textile garment factory project, adding that they will continue to pursue it under the leadership of Director General Katsina Investment Promotion Agency (KIPA).

The Deputy who said that  he had met with officials of the federal ministry of trade and investment several times on the matter, said that they were able to identify suitable sites which are beyond 100 hectares of land for the project, saying that there are other factories or commercial centers that are also pointed to this place. He noted that the beauty of the project site is the proximity of an existing rail line and electricity to it.”

The Deputy governor further stressed the need to industrialise the state especially in the area of agriculture which is the major pride of the state since the colonial era to date.

“Katsina province was known to be a major producer of cotton in Nigeria and we are still maintaining this position till date. The project will be a very good opportunity to have a value chain and to be industrialised .

“It would create a lot of employment opportunities for our youth, generate wealth and eradicate poverty.

On his part, Professor Adesoji Adesugba , the MD NEPZA , said plans have reached a final stage by the Federal Government (FG) to flag-off the Funtua Free Trade Zone, which will dedicate the production of cottons and fabrics for local consumption and exportation, and it will leverage on the cotton belt of the North-West to commence active production of varieties of fabrics in commercial quantities.

The MD NEPZA who was on official visit to Katsina to interact with the state government on arrangement for the take up of the Funtua free trade zone was a nineteen eighty two course mate of Kanwan Katsina in the Nigeria Customs Service.

He said there are two projects slated for Katsina state which include the Funtua free trade zone and the Katsina medical tourism park.

Alhaji Usman Bello Kankara in photo with Governor Aminu Bello Masari

Also, the Kanwa Katsina 111, Alhaji Usman Bello Kankara expressed delight over Adesugba’s appointment as Managing Director of NEPZA, describing him as a “Square peg in a Square hole.” He said the people of Katsina are eagerly waiting for the commissioning of the Funtua free trade zone, maintaining that the zone will help boost the business structure, commerce, production, employment, and income of many persons in the State. The royal father, who is 1982 course mate of the NEPZA Managing Director in the Nigeria Customs Service, urged him to bring his wealth of experience to bare, in order to reposition NEPZA.

In a similar development, the Kanwa Katsina also commended the  NEPZA helmsman and the Federal Government for citting a free trade zone in Funtua local government of Katsina state.

He gave the commendation when he hosted the Managing Director of Nigeria Export Processing Zone Agency NEPZA and his entourage to a dinner in his private residence in Katsina.

He said establishing the free trade zone will boast socio-economic activities of people and provide job opportunity to teeming youths of the state.

The Kanwa used the occasion to advise the Managing Director to strengthen the legal framework both at state and Federal Government level to ensure continuity and sustainability of the project.

 

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