Deputy Governor, Kano State, Mallam Nasiru Gawuna has said that the state has secured 95 million dollar loan from the Islamic Development Bank in Saudi Arabia to improve the process of irrigation in the Kano.
According to the governor, the state needed to improve on its irrigation facilities in order to strengthen its planned export of agricultural products.
Gawuna made this known when he received a delegation from the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) at the Government House, Kano, on Wednesday. He stated;
“In terms of agriculture, we have the best irrigation facilities in the country and we are partnering with Islamic Development Bank to restructure them. I just came back from Saudi Arabia where we were able to secure a facility; we are going to use most of the 95 million dollars for restructuring irrigation in the state”.
“We have the advantage of the largest market in West Africa. Whoever that exports ginger, hibiscus or seeds will have to come to Kano to purchase it, process it and export it because Kano is the main hub for that.
“Part of the loan will be used for pastoral agriculture; we are going to develop our products in terms of animals and ruminants.”
Gawuna expressed worries over the low level of freight in Kano International Airport, therefore calling on all relevant stakeholders to assist in reviving the airport activities. He said;
“The use of Kano airport is one thing which we want the Shippers Council of Nigeria and other relevant agencies to come together and revive. Particularly in terms of cargoes, the airfreight forwarders association will have to come in and revive activities in the airport.
“Before now, on a daily basis, we used to have two cargo aircraft into Kano, but now, we hardly, in a month, get any cargo aircraft. We are in contact with quarantine service to build the biggest abattoir in the country and we are going to target meat export.”
The Executive Secretary of NSC, Mr. Hassan Bello, in his response said that the problems affecting airfreight were logistics and cost of export, saying that the council would assist in interface with other agencies in handling cargoes by opening a desk at the airport.
The executive secretary urged shippers to patronize the international airport in their export activities, noting that the Federal Government would come up with modalities to ensure a more effective and efficient way of doing business.