‘Why Jigawa gov led 20-man delegation to China’
GOVERNOR Muhammad Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State who travelled to China Tuesday with a 20-man delegation has stated that the trip was to attract investors to the state in the areas of agriculture, health, education, water resources, small and medium enterprises and road infrastructure.
This was disclosed to The Guardian by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Malam Bello Zaki.
He said the governor, who is on a two weeks tour of China would woo Chinese investors to Jigawa as well as meet with existing investors such as Lee Group of Companies on the additional investment in Kijawal, Jigawa Sugar Project and Sintilmawa Mango Juice project.
He said the team would also meet prospective investors on large scale agriculture and identifying alternative sources of energy to power irrigation equipment in order to save cost, adding that Badaru is also scheduled to hold discussions with China Mechanical and Electrical Product Circulation Association, Xingyang (CMEPCA), manufacturers of small scale simple agricultural and mining implements such as planters, filters, threshers etc.
Zaki told our correspondent that the governor will also meet with other relevant bodies on training of medical doctors in Chinese institutions and seek collaboration with Chinese private education outfit for the training and retraining of teachers in science and technology.
According to him, the delegation include Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Commissioner for Health, Permanent Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Government House, Director General Due Process and Project Monitoring Bureau.
Others include the senator representing Jigawa Central and eight members from organised private sector, such as chairman Jigawa Chambers of Commerce, chairman Handset Sellers Association and head, All Farmers Association (AFAN).