Nigeria's Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo

Kano electricity supply needs private sector investment – VP Osinbajo

* Assures KACCIMA of support on power for enhanced development

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Considering the strategic importance of adequate power supply to homes and businesses in modern life, Nigerian Vice-President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has canvassed the need to get private sector investment along with the government’s to ensure adequate electricity supply to Kano State, fondly called the nation’s Centre of Commerce.

Prof. Osinbajo stated this Tuesday, March 10, while receiving a delegation from the Kano Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines, and Agriculture (KACCIMA), led by its Alhaji Dalhatu Abubakar, KACCIMA President, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, FCT.

“If we can bring substantial amount of investment in power to Kano, we can really make a difference.

“So, I am looking forward to working with you on power,” Osinbajo said in a statement issued by Laolu Akande, his spokesman.

The Vice-President, who emphasised the need for a closer collaboration between KACCIMA and the Federal Government, said: “Anyone who understands the history of business in Nigeria cannot in any way diminish the importance of the Kano business community.

“As a matter of fact, when we started the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC), in engaging the partnership that would help us, Lagos and Kano had to be the two focal points for the implementation of our reform plans.

“We must establish a way of collaborating, where we look at specific measures on how to advance solutions to the numerous problems that are facing us,”

Osinbajo said the regular interface between the private sector and the Federal Government would continue because of their contribution to the development of the economy, especially in creating employment.

He said the Federal Government would do everything possible to support the business community in Kano.

The Federal Government, according to him, would further support agricultural production, including a collaboration with other partners using 12 dams across the country under the Transforming Irrigation Management Project, Osinbajo assured.

He also challenged the business community in Kano State to support the free education initiative of the state government as a way of building the future workforce for the industries that would be established.

Alhaji Abubakar, KACCIMA President, commended Vice-President Osinbajo for his commitment to the achievement of successes under the Ease of Doing Business initiative, describing Osinbajo as a “reliable partner,” of President Muhammadu Buhari.

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