Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has said the state government would provide free land for the state indigenes in the diaspora to develop residential buildings where they will reunite with their families, especially during holiday visits.
He made the commitment on Saturday during a virtual Kano in Diaspora Town Hall Meeting organised by the Office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Foreign Investment and Diaspora, Hajiya Hama Aware.
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“We are doing this to our citizens some of whom have been away for a very long time and when they come visiting during holidays, they need spaces to settle and meet their families and loved ones,” the governor said.
A statement signed by the commissioner for information, Malam Muhammad Garba indicated that already, there has been a plan by the state government to grant land and tax incentives to would-be investors in the diaspora in order to promote economic investments in various sectors in the state.
“Ganduje said land acquisition has been made easy and speedy with the removal of bureaucracies involved as well as a wide variety of tax incentives to encourage investments to boost the economy of the state.
He pointed out that “Kano currently enjoys a peaceful atmosphere that would encourage any serious local and foreign investor to come to the state and derive the benefits of the efforts made so far by the state government in the area of security and massive infrastructure development that would facilitate economic activities,” the statement said.
In her contribution, the Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Hon. Abike Dabiri Erewa, commended Kano for putting steps in place to pass a bill for Kano citizens in Diaspora to be known as Kano in Diaspora Commission (KIDCOM) which was submitted by the Special Adviser.
Earlier, the Special Adviser to the Governor, Hajiya Hama Aware enumerated some of the successes recorded by the office to include the setting up of the Nigerian Diaspora Investment Trust Fund amongst many others.