Indications have emerged that Lagos and Kano State governments have concluded plans to partner on sustainable economic development to boost the economic prosperity of the states.
The was revealed by the Lagos State Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade on Tuesday at a joint press conference organized by Lagos and Kano State Governments in Lagos on the forth coming Lagos-Kano Economic and Investment Summit with the theme,” States Partnership as a tool for sustainable economic Development.”
He explained that the journey to initiate an enduring partnership between Lagos and Kano States started at the inception of this administration.
The commissioner flanked by Chairman Kano Economic Summit Dr. Shamsudden Usman said, “As you are all aware, our great states share peculiar history and pedigree in demography, economic viability and leading roles within each of our geopolitical regions.
“We both have the highest population and cosmopolitan spread in Nigeria, while I make bold to say that, the performances of the two States in areas of economic reforms, improved their business environments and contributed significantly in boosting Nigeria’s “Ease of Doing Business” Global Ranking from 169 to 145 for the year 2018 as measured in 2017.
“This Summit, the first of its kind insub-saharan Africa, signals the first phase in the journey towards a long-lasting partnership between the two States and promises to help boost economic development and foster national unity amongst others.”
According to him, “The broad objectives of the Summit are to: Create awareness on both State Governments’ investment climate and policy thrust; Create a platform for dialogue for potential investors in both States; Share emerging investment ideas with the target audience; and engage States’ unutilised and under-utilised resources towards efficiency and prosperity.”
Ashade added that in line with these objectives, discussions will hold across the following thematic areas such as Security; Ease of Doing Business; Governance; Infrastructure:Power, Transportation & Urban Waste Management; Agriculture; Tourism; Internally Generated Revenue; and Education, Skills Development & ICT.
He said prominent Nigerians expected at the summit include the Emir of Kano Mallam Muhammadu Sanusi 11, former Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Atahiru Jega, Professor Pat Utomi, among others.
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