In a search to tackle the current economic down turn, three Northwest governors have signed a pact with Zindar State of Niger Republic for boosting trade activities along their borders.
The trade agreement was initiated for establishing free trade zone known as Kano-Jigawa-Daura-Zindar business corridor for facilitating the movement of goods and services along the international routes.
Speaking at the ceremony for a one-day workshop for the take up of the agreement held in Dutse, Jigawa State yesterday, the Kano State governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje said, the agreement is timely and is in tandem with current federal government policy on economic diversification.
He noted that the business corridor will open new page in Nigeria- Niger Republic economic ties that will enhance the social and economic development of two nations.
In his speech the governor of Zindar State of Niger Republic, Alhaji Isa Musa said, the trade pacts signed, would facilitate regional integration, economic and infrastructure development along the corridor.
He added that, being the region is a pond for food and animal production, the agreement will have a great impact not on Nigeria and Niger alone but for the entire West Africa.
Katsina State governor who was represented by his deputy Alhaji Mannir Yakubu said, the new trade agreement will help in reducing smuggle along the boarde and also boost legitimate trade that would help the economy of the two countries.
He vow to give all necessary support and cooperation for sustainable achievement of the targeted goals.