Why Kaduna is attractive to investors—El-Rufai



Governor Nasir El-Rufai said that Kaduna state never relented in its commitment to attract investors and support the private sector to create jobs and develop the state.

The governor noted that in spite all security challenges, the state been consistent in promoting the ease doing business, fast tracking approvals and reinforcing its credentials as a business-friendly state.

El-Rufai made this known at a ground breaking ceremony on Tuesday, noted that ‘’as an industrial park, the Green Economic Zone will attract firms in the light manufacturing sector.’’

The N15b project which is a collaboration between Kaduna State Government and KK Kingdom, will provide critical infrastructure to boost investments in the manufacturing sector, create jobs and reduce poverty in the state

El-Rufai further said that ‘’such firms will create jobs as they industrialise the state, transfer skills and boost the Internally Generated Revenues the state.’’

While welcoming KK Kingdom to partner with Kaduna state to deliver the project, the governor also said the partnership will ‘’ build on the facilities that we have already provided such as the power substation.’’

According to him, the ‘’collaboration with KK Kingdom is the sort public-private partnership that Kaduna State Government constantly seeks for the Kaduna State.

‘’We expect KK Kingdom to complete the provision roads, water reticulation, fibre optics and other infrastructure in the Green Economic Zone so that firms can begin operating there within the next two years,’’ he said.

The governor said that the ground breaking that took place in ‘’the Green Economic Zone complements the progress being recorded in our other industrial park, the Green Agro Allied Industrial Zone (GAAIZ).’’

According to him, firms like Olam, OCP Morocco which produces fertiliser and Dangote-Peugeot Assembly plant have already established their presence in GAAIZ.

‘’ As a state government, we create jobs where we can but we support the private sector to create many jobs, and thereby help fight poverty and contribute to state revenues.

The governor emphasised that everyone that creates jobs and pays taxes is our friend and Kaduna State.

Speaking at the event, Executive the Kaduna Investment Promotion Agency (KADIPA) Umma Aboki , described “the Green Economic Zone (GEZ) as one two industrial parks designated by the Malam Nasir El-Rufai administration as part of its strategic intent to fast track the industrialisation of the state and attract more investments.”

She further said that the government already built a power substation to service the GEZ which is sited on 717 hectares of land strategically located on the Kaduna-Jos road, adding that the park will create immediate jobs.

According to the Executive Secretary, the objective of GEZ is ‘’to provide a safe, secure and eco-friendly environment for firms in the light manufacturing sector.

‘’GEZ is an industrial park designed to provide a “plug and play” facility for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to enable them to operate competitively. GEZ will help firms to establish their manufacturing plants more efficiently and reduce their cost of doing business,’’ she added.