By Usman Usman Garba
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has said that the state is willing to move its ties with India on educational development beyond a student’s exchange programme.
The governor said that the initiative would be achieved through effective collaboration and partnership between the state’s two universities and Indian educational institutions for the conduct of research and development of industries.
The governor said this while delivering a speech at the opening ceremony Nigeria-India Business Forum held at the Congress Hall, Transcorp Hiltop Hotel in Abuja.
Govenor Ganduje said the state’s agricultural produce, which include groundnut, cotton, tomatoes, chilli pepper and garlic, among others, offer the opportunity for collaboration and partnership for the establishment of agro-allied industries.
He added that the state was looking forward to establishing shoe making
factories that would reduce the export of processed hides and skins, but shoes of global standard.
Governor Ganduje said the collaboration could be extended to Kannywood and Bollywood for the development of film-making in the state.
The governor was accompanied by Sen. Barau Jibril representing Kano North Senatorial District and chieftains of the All Progressives Congress in the state, Alhaji Nasiru Aliko Koki and Arc. Aminu Dabo.
Also, the state Commissioners for Information, Comrade Muhammad Garba; Commerce, Barr. Ibrahim Mukhtar; the Managing Director of the state Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (KNARDA), Dr. Junaidu Yakubu, and the Executive Secretary of the state Censorship Board, Alhaji Ismail Na’abba Afakallah accompanied the governor.
The president of Kano Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (KACCIMA), Alhaji Dalhatu Abubakar Al-hamsad, was also among the distinguished personalities that graced the occasion.