By Saidu Muhammad
The Jigawa State Governor, Alh Badaru Abubakar has restated the commitment of his administration to aggressively pursue investment to the state economy through providing incentives to prospective investors.
Governor Badaru disclosed this, Friday while Inaugurating a 15- member Jigawa State Investment Promotion Agency at Government House, Dutse.
He said, in the last seven years of his administration, the state had recorded significant number of private investment as well as establishment of Small and medium Industries which led to increase in the state’ Internal Generated Revenue, as well as raised the state Gross Domestic Product from N900Million to about 2trillion Naira, the highest ever in the history of the state.
The governor also maintained that , in 2019 to 2022 the Jigawa state is being ranked 3rd as state with fastest growing of Small and Medium Industry adding that was attributable exellent job of Jigawa state Investment Promotion Council.
Governor Badaru therefore urged the council to be more aggressive in its mandate considering uncertainties associated with over reliance on oil revenues which according to him led economic downturn of many states
He, however urged the Council to improve on successes recorded so that state can wean itself off completely from oil revenues.
The governor also harps on the council to focus more on the areas of Agriculture, and its Value- chain as well as Mineral Resources sector where the state have comparative advantage.
While thanking council for its effort in reversing the tide, the governor assured the council of his administration support and readiness to provide more conducive environment and incentives to any prospective investor.
In his remark, the Vice Chairman of Council, Dr Muhammad Sagagi who spoke on behalf the chairman, thanks the state government for the appointment to serve the state.
He recalled that, out the four Investment Agencies supported by DIFD in 2011, only Jigawainvest and Kadipa were still functional attributing that to support the two surviving investment promotion agencies the get from their political leaders.
The vice chairman, assured the governor of their readiness to reposition the state economy to growing trajectory.
The council Inaugurated are: The Deputy Governor, Alh Umar Namadi ( Chairman) and Dr Muhammad Sagagi (Vice Chairman) respectively while Alh Aliyu Yusuf Madobi, Alh Abdulkadir Abubakar Maje,(Iyan Hadejia), Professor Hannatu Sabo, Barrister Suleiman Jahun, Attorney General of Jigawa State; Dr Musa Adamu Aliyu to serve as members.
Other members of the council are: Hon Commissioners of Agriculture, Commerce, Information Youth Sports and Culture, Land, Housing and Urban Development, Local Government and Finance and Economic Planning, Alh Salisu Zakar, Alh Bala Mamser, Alh Sagir Musa, Alh Kabiru Hassan Sugugim and Alh Babangida Umar Gantsa. Director General of the Agency Hajiy Furera Isma Jumare
Their appointment takes effect as from 3rd March, 2022
Ahmad Muhammad Danyaro Senior Special Assistant (Print Media) to Jigawa State Executive Governor