Governor Nasir El-Rufai has charged the Kaduna Investment Promotion Agency(KADIPA), to redouble its efforts in making Kaduna State the topmost investment destination in Nigeria, by improving its Ease of Doing Business ranking.
Speaking at the formal inauguration of the KADIPA board, Malam El-Rufai formally welcomed His Highness, Muhammadu Sanusi II former emir of Kano to the board as Vice-Chairman, and thanked him for accepting to serve the people of Kaduna state.
El Rufai also pointed out that KADIPA will be competing not just with other states in Nigeria for investments but with all emerging markets, adding that the agency should not rest on it oars in its drive to attract businesses to Kaduna state.
It will be recalled that the World Bank had rated Kaduna state as the best sub-national in its 2018 Ease of Doing Business ranking and in 2020, the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission(NIPC) ranked the state as the first in the quantum of foreign direct investment attracted within the first six months of the year.
Responding on behalf of other members, Deputy Governor of Kaduna state and the Chair of the Board, Dr Hadiza Balarabe assured the governor of their commitment to improving on the record of KADIPA, given the calibre of persons on the Board.
The former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria and a renowned economist, promised to contribute his best to uplifting KADIPA. He also gave his commitment to make inputs in the overall policy of Kaduna State Government.