With the plan to set up the Dadin Kowa Industrial Park, coupled with enormous potentials in Hydropower, Oil and Gas, Irrigation Agriculture and Solid Minerals, Gombe State is on track to become the industrial hub of the North-East Sub-Region.
This was revealed by the Governor of Gombe State, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya on Tuesday, 30th March, 2021 on the occasion of 1-Day visit of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osibanjo GCON to Gombe State.
The Governor further said that since coming to office, his administration have been working to lay a solid foundation for industrial development of Gombe State, with specific focus on MSMEs. Similarly, the recently launched 10-year Development Agenda for Gombe State identified the MSME subsector as an important driver of economic and social advancement.
Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya said that the hosting of the 27th Edition of the National MSME Clinic is an important milestone in the development of the local economy in Gombe State as it is expected to facilitate the development of small-scale enterprises by serving as a one-stop shop for all MSME-related information, bringing together all relevant stakeholders, promoting the production and consumption of locally produced goods and services.
“It will help our small and medium scale businesses in areas of improving access to finance, business registrations, access to market, skills acquisition and compliance with regulatory requirements. Together with other reforms around ease of doing business, we are working to create a conducive environment for our small and medium enterprises to thrive and succeed, he said.
He said his administration is working to reposition the MSME subsector as the bill for the creation of the Gombe State Enterprise Development Agency is before the House of Assembly.
“When created, the Agency is expected to drive MSME development in the State by harnessing the enormous potentials of our small and medium scale businesses across various economic and social sectors. I have no doubt that with this development, the House of Assembly will expedite action by passing it into law, Inuwa said.
“Recent developments in the country and in other parts of the world are important pointers for us to be more focused on the need to create opportunities for our youths. For us, we see our increasing youth population as both a challenge and an opportunity for the country. As a challenge, we are at risk of instability resulting from anger, frustration and hopelessness of millions of our unemployed youths. On the other hand, we should see it as an opportunity to address our developmental challenges if we tap from their innovation, creativity and energy.
Governor Yahaya said that the vice president’s visit was a special one because so many transformations have taken place since he last visited the state during in 2019.
He extended his profound appreciation to the Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari for its commitment to improving the living standard of our people by creating opportunities in all aspects of human endeavor.