Diaspora Affairs News

Free Land Awaits Kano Citizens in Diaspora – Ganduje

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has said the state
government would provide free land for the state indigenes in diaspora
to develop residential building where they will reunite with their
families especially during holiday visits.

“We are doing this to our citizens some of whom have been away for very
long time and when they come visiting during holidays, they need spaces
to settle and meet their families and loved ones,” he said.

He made the commitment during a virtual Kano in Diaspora Town Hall
Meeting organised by the Office of the Special Adviser to the Governor
on Foreign Investment and Diaspora, Hajiya Hama Aware, which held on
Saturday.

A statement signed by the commissioner for information, Malam Muhammad
Garba indicated that already, there has been a plan by the state
government to grant land and tax incentives to would-be investors in the
diaspora in order to promote economic investments in various sectors in
the state.

Ganduje said land acquisition has been made easy and speedy with the
removal of bureaucracies involved as well as a wide variety of tax
incentives to encourage investments to boost the economy of the state.

He pointed out that Kano currently enjoys a peaceful atmosphere that
would encourage any serious local and foreign investor to come to the
state and derive the benefits of the efforts made so far by the state
government in the area of security and massive infrastructure
development that would facilitate economic activities.

The governor expressed readiness to reduce medical tourism said his
administration would support the conduct of Kano Diaspora Day and
Investment Summit in the state.

In her contribution, the Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission
(NIDCOM), Hon. Abike Dabiri Erewa, commended Kano for putting steps in
place to pass a bill for Kano citizens in Diaspora to be known as Kano
in Diaspora Commission (KIDCOM) which was submitted by the Special
Adviser.

Earlier, the Special Adviser to the Governor, Hajiya Hama Aware, who is
the convener of the meeting, enumerated some of the successes recorded
by the office to include the setting up of the Nigerian Diaspora
Investment Trust Fund, Nigerian Diaspora Summit, establishment of a
database of Kano citizens in Diaspora with over 100 members now,
securing of a structure with focal point officers in US, UK, France,
Benin, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and China as well as two offices both in
Abuja and Kano with resource staff, finalizing steps to launch KID
website, among others

Governor Ganduje approves the creation of Kano in Diaspora portfolio in
a bid to ensure the state government policies and programs related to
its citizens in diaspora are observed with all sense of ownership and
responsibility.

Other participants at the meeting include commissioner for information,
Malam Muhammad Garba and Special Adviser to the Governor on Health
Services Management, Dr. Fauziyya Buba.

MALAM MUHAMMAD GARBA

Hon. Commissioner, Information, Kano State

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