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Gombe to establish a 1,000-hectare industrial park: governor

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The Gombe state government will establish an industrial park covering 1,000 hectares of land, the first of its kind in the northeast, says Governor Inuwa Yahaya.

Yahaya made this known in a statement signed by Isma’il Misili, his chief special assistant for media and advertising, on Friday in Gombe.

“In Gombe, we are creating an industrial park, perhaps the first of its kind in the Northeast, measuring around 1,000 hectares.

“And we are ready to please any interested investor who comes and joins us to start agri-food industries.

“This is due to our potential in agriculture, solid minerals and other natural resources,” the governor explained in the statement.

According to him, Gombe is open to investors who will help advance his administration’s vision of making the state a one-stop shop for commerce, trade and manufacturing.

He noted that the banking sector had undergone many reforms and transformations as a result of the capitalist nature of the Nigerian economy.

He said the transformation presupposes the need for financial institutions to devise ways and means of distributing products that can be sold under any circumstances.

Yahaya also emphasized that the Gombe state was interested in devising means of generating money to stimulate the economy in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, he said that people would need the support of financial institutions in the areas of health, agriculture, education, trade and investment, and said his administration was willing to accept what the banking sector was bringing to the table.

Therefore, it directed the relevant members of the State Executive Council to enter into discussions with the banks on areas of mutual benefit.

He added that the state was open to financial institutions looking to do business in the state, as long as they can come up with packages that improve people’s lives and raise their social status.

He said the federal government had identified a grazing reserve in the state, Wawa-Zange, to be used as a model project for the National Livestock Transformation Program.

He said the project aimed to improve livestock production and animal husbandry, as well as combat the incessant confrontations between farmers and herders.

Speaking earlier, Keystone Bank North Region Managing Director Ahmed Lawal said the bank was at the Gombe Government House to pay tribute to the governor and inform his management and the people of the state of the bank’s goals and numerous beneficial packages.

Lawal said Keystone Bank was a development and association bank, renamed to provide support and improve the lives of citizens.

The Managing Director revealed that Keystone had finalized plans for the renovation of a high school in the state, as part of its corporate social responsibility.

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