UK to Partner Nasarawa in Agric, Others

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The government of the United Kingdom (UK) yesterday expressed its readiness to partner with the Nasarawa State goverment in the area of agriculture, mining and infrastructural development of the state.

The UK High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, disclosed this when she paid a courtesy visit to the Nasarawa State governor, Abdullahi Sule, in the Government House, Lafia.

Consequently, Laing maintained during the visit that transformation in agriculture was very important to UK, as acccording to the her, “we have very good expertise in that area to partner with Nasarawa State.”

She continued: “There is also a good potential for mining in Nasarawa State. Nasarawa has a very unique posture and comparative advantage especially with its proximity to Abuja.

“Getting in place the rightful enabling environment and how quickly Nasarawa jumped through the ranks to number three in investment flow in the country is quite amazing. Therefore, we would look for areas to partner with Nasarawa State.”

In a remarks during the British High Commissioner’s visit, Governor Sule said the state has developed a Public Private Forum which has been a veritable tool to foster private sector investment in the state.

He said: “The state secured radical projects in education, transportation, health, mining and agriculture. We have established the Nasarawa State Infrastructural Fund where 5% of our Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) would be dedicated mainly for infrastructural development.”

SOURCE: THISDAY

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