Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state has observed that the proposed Kano – Lagos Economic and Investment summit was a sure step towards strengthening economic growth and development in the country.
He maintained that given the huge populations of both states and being major contributors to the national economy, a synergy between them in the areas of economy and infrastructure among others, would improve the living conditions of their people and other Nigerians as well.
Governor Ganduje made the remark late Thursday evening, when he received members of the Lagos state committee on the summit, led by the state Commissioner of Finance, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade who visited him at the Government House in Kano.
“Kano and Lagos have several comparative advantages. They (the states) share so many things in common in terms of population, economic viability and other opportunities. So, we should harness those potentials for our common good’, he emphasized.
He stressed the need for the two states to develop their economic blueprint for the development of the states in view of the heir population.
“When Kano is in peace, Lagos is in peace, Nigeria will be at peace. We have a lot to share for the development of our people,” he said.
Earlier, the Lagos state Commissioner of Finance, Mr Akinyemi Ashade said Lagos and Kano states had several potentials and economic experiences to share for their mutual benefit.
Mr. Ashade expressed the hope that the proposed Economic and Investment summit would serve as platform for renewed economic growth and development not only for the two states but the country as a whole.
In his remarks earlier, the Chairman, Kano Economic and Investment Summit, Dr. Shamsudeen Usman explained that proposed summit was as a result of the vision of the governors of the two states, adding both sides had already set up committees towards successful conduct of the summit, tentatively scheduled for November, 2017.
According to him, the summit would fashion out ways of growing the economies of both states in a sustainable manner that would serve as a model for the whole country.