By Victoria Onehi
Governor Dikko Umaru Radda on Saturday evening informed a cross section of business moguls and top private sector players in Saudi Arabia that Katsina State is endowed with various agricultural and mineral resources, which they can invest in.
He said that there is now an enabling environment for business investments to thrive in the State, as the recently-launched Katsina State Community Watch together with personnel of other conventional security agencies have curbed the threats of insecurity in the state.
Governor Radda spoke with journalists at the sideline of the Saudi-Nigeria Roundtable Meeting in Riyadh.
The meeting, chaired by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Saudi Minister of Trade and Investment, Khalid El-Falih, was attended by some captains of Nigerian business industry led by Alhaji Aliko Dangote of the Dangote Group, the Minister of Finance, Wale Edun, Minister of National Planning, Sen. Atiku Bagudu, together with the Governors of Niger and Bauchi States, Hon. Mohammed Umar Bago and Sen. Bala Mohammed, among others.
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary Ibrahim Kaula Mohammed, the governor noted that his administration, realising the agricultural and mineral resources potential of Katsina, has been working assiduously to create an enabling environment for investors to throng the state.
“We have done a lot to harness the potential of Katsina’s agricultural sector, in line with the vision of my administration. We aim to boost all-year-round farming through a robust irrigation technology system, with a view to creating jobs for our teeming population, especially the unemployed youths.
“Katsina State is also endowed with various mineral resources such as Lithium, Gold, Diamond and even Uranium. Your investments in the agricultural and mineral resources’ sectors of our dear State, will no doubt ensure the prosperity of our people. But more importantly, you shall also benefit greatly from your investments,” he said.
Thanking President Tinubu for unveiling policies that are revamping the Nigerian economy, Governor Radda explained that both Nigeria and Saudi Arabia stand to gain mutually from boosting their bilateral economic ties.
He said: “We, as a sub-national government, assure you that your safety and wellbeing, by the time you come and invest in our dear Katsina, will not be compromised. It is in fact a top priority for us”.Radda said.