Canadian and Niger State governments are set to collaborate in the area of energy and information and communication technology with a view to opening the economy of the state to foreign investors.
The Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Chris Cooper, disclosed this yesterday in Minna while on a visit to the state governor, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, in his office at Government House, Minna.
He said that the Canadian authorities decided to collaborate with the state government in view of its strategic position as a host to three hydro-electric dams and the developmental vision of the present administration in the state.
He said that the Canadian authorities were ready to help the state government in the area of training, information and communication technology (ICT) and to assist the government in the training of its manpower to be able to meet the new strategy to achieve the desire development.
On the new freedom of information bill, the Canadian High Commissioner said the passing into law of the act would help to encourage record keeping and transparency in governance.
On his part, Governor Aliyu said that the state government was keen to make the state conducive for potential investors and expressed its readiness to collaborate with the Canadian High Commission in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, has urged the Canadian Ambassador to Nigeria to use his good offices to facilitate the immediate take-off of the Cornerstone University, Bida, in Niger State, sited along Bida-Minna road, a project being promoted by the Canadian authorities in Nigeria.