Kano State Governor commends NPA over economic development

          L-R; Engr. Philipson Falade, representing the Managing Director of NPA, Mallam Habib Abdullahi, receiving an award on behalf of the Authority from Alh. Umar Dansuleka of the Kano Chamber of Commerce, at the Kano Trade Fair

Gov Rabiu Kwankwanso of Kano State has commended the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) for its continuous participation in the Kano International Trade Fair over the years.
The governor described the NPA’s action as a laudable effort contributing toward the socio-economic development of the state.
Kwankwanzo gave the commendation in Kano on the occasion of the NPA’s special day at the just-concluded 35th edition of the Kano International Trade Fair, which held from Nov. 22 to Dec. 4, 2014.

The governor appreciated the NPA for also sponsoring and partnering with the Kano Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture, (KACCIMA), organizers of the fair, to ensure the success of the annual event.
Represented by Alhaji Mohammed Ibrahim, the Permanent Secretary, Kano State Ministry of Agriculture, Kwankwanso noted that the theme for this year’s fair ‘Promoting Agriculture and other non-oil business sector for sustainable development’ demonstrated the state’s desire to explore other revenue sources, encourage and  support the people of Kano, majority of who he said were farmers.
He solicited for the support of the NPA in this regard in order to position agriculture as an alternative source of revenue for the state and Federal Government in view of the present dwindling revenue from oil as a result of falling prices of Oil in the world market.
 Also speaking, the President of the Chamber, Alhaji Umar Dansuleka thanked the NPA for its support and called for a sustainable mutual economic relationship between NPA and the Chamber.
Dansuleka disclosed that in a bid to encourage Kano businessmen and women who may want to do business with NPA but discouraged by distance, the chamber had provided an office for such transactions and urged the Authority to ensure that the office becomes operational soonest.
He also enjoined the Authority to assist the chamber to ensure the full utilization of the Inland Container Depot in Kano for ease of cargo transportation from Lagos to Kano.
Responding, the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority, Mallam Habib Abdullahi, expressed condolences to the government and people of Kano on the recent bomb blast which claimed many lives.
Abdullahi who was represented by the Assistant General Manager, Seaview Properties Ltd, a subsidiary of NPA, Engineer. PhillipsonFalade, said Inland Container Depot, also known as Dry Port was paramount to NPA’s operations.
He noted, however, that dry ports needed efficient rail network to function, adding that the NPA was quite concerned about a functional dry port as it would help decongest the port and its access roads.
Mr Umaru Bukkuyam, the  Zamfara State Commissioner for Trade and Commerce, lauded the NPA for promoting economic activities in the Northern part of Nigeria, and invited the Authority to Zamfara State Trade Fair which he said would hold soon.