Daily Trust (Abuja)

13 January 2013

Nigeria: Kano to Convert Agric Stores to Tailoring Centres

Kano — In effort to reduce rate of unemployment in the state, Kano State government will convert the stores belonging to Kano State Agriculture Supplies Company (KASCO) across the 44 local government areas of the state to tailoring centres.

The state governor, Engr. Rabi'u Musa Kwankwaso revealed this when he received the Bank of Industry (BoI) Managing Director, Ms Evelyn Oputu at the governor's lodge in Abuja.

In a statement issued by his Director of Press, Halilu Ibrahim Dantiye, Kwankwaso said already architects have been assigned to remodel the stores to make them convenient for tailoring and allied endeavours.

"When the centres become operational, people will be engaged in the production of uniforms and general clothing for our teeming populace," the statement pointed.

The statement added that the governor will visit India to see how facilities can be imported for the project adding that the visit is informed by India's expertise in tailoring and embroidery.

Kwankwaso said his administration will work with the BoI towards setting up more small and medium scale enterprises in the state. He added that government will facilitate loans for entrepreneurs wishing to access such facilities, but made it clear that his administration will not take loans to finance development projects but will welcome grants and counterpart funding arrangements towards economic development of the state.

On her part, Oputu requested for a strategic development partnership with the Kano State government that will involve at least N1billion as counterpart funding from the state government.

She added that her bank will work closely with the 37 newly established Micro Finance Banks in the state to build the capacities of local small and medium scale enterprises.

Oputu described the women empowerment programme and the establishment of 21 new institutes by the state as revolutionary and promised to send a delegation from the bank to assess the government's poverty alleviation programmes for possible collaboration.

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