By Abba Dukawa
Kano State Government has assured to consolidate the long existing relationship with Pakistan.
Governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje represented by his Deputy Alhaji Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna gave the assurance while receiving the Pakistani High Commissioner to Nigeria Maj. Gen. Muhammad Tayyab Azam (rtd) at the Government House, Kano today.
According to him, Kano endowed with lots of potentials which are open for people to come and invest,particularly those from Pakistan.
“We are happy for showing commitment towards reviving the long relationship between us…I can remember the partnership we have in the engagement of Pakistani teachers in our schools which has yielded a lot today.
“Even in the area of agricultural mechanization we have partnered with Pakistan especially in the supply of tractors to our farmers, therefore I feel if we continue to explore agriculture it will be beneficial to both Kano and Pakistan,” Ganduje stressed.
The governor also commended Pakistan for showing interest in reviving the bilateral relationship with the state.
In his remarks, Maj. Gen. Azam described the visit as historic and important, considering the fact that Kano was the first state he visited since assuming office.
“I know the importance of Kano as hub of business in Nigeria, after Lagos Kano is next in business opportunities.
“There was a time in Kano when most schools have many Pakistani teachers..my aim is to bring back that relationship,” the High Commissioner disclosed.
He however pointed out that Kano and Pakistan have similarities in both values and culture therefore it is important to deepen the relationship so as to sustain the partnership in the areas of health and agriculture as that will create opportunities for our people towards boosting the economy.
The High Commissioner was accompanied during the visit by Pakistani Consul General in Kano Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Yakasai.