Working towards boosting the state economy within and after COVID-19 pandemic threat, Gov. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state, inspected the construction of first private Gas Plant in Northern Nigeria, situated at Challawa industrial area, Kumbotso, Kano, Wednesday.
This was announced in a press statement signed and issued to newsmen on Wednesday in Kano by the Chief Press secretary to the governor, Alhaji Abba Anwar.
He said, the visit stems from the good working relationship between the state government and industrialists in the state, which waxes stronger immediately after a recent meeting between the governor and industrialists, in search of better strategy to position the state economy on higher pedestal in post-COVID-19 period.
According to him, the plant under construction, owned by a renowned industrialist Mr Hassan Hamood of Mamuda Industries, would after completion, provide Liquefied Natural Gas and would generate 20 Megawatts of electricity to the entire industries in the industrial area.
“In his remarks, governor Ganduje acknowledged that the Gas Plant is the first private plant in the Northern part of the country, hinting that, “Sequel to our meeting recently when we met and discussed how to facilitate the opening of other industries in the state, so that we didn’t face collapse of our economy and how to prepare for Post-COVID-19 era, this visit finds its bearing.”
“The partnership and good working relationship between government and industrialists is yielding positive results all the time. This Gas Plant has come at the better time when we need it the most,” he said.
Reminding people on the federal government work of supplying Gas to the state, from oil producing states, governor Ganduje appreciated that, “Even before the coming of the federal government Gas, Mr Hassan Hamood of Mamuda Industries is bringing that nearer, in an appreciable private effort. This is commendable indeed.”
The effort, according to the governor, would boost the economy of the state and the country in general, “This is what we are saying, about getting prepared now and in POST-COVID-19 period. This will take us to the promised land. This is absolutely necessary.”
He said “This administration is glad to see that this effort of Gas Plant would provide electricity for Challawa industries, not only to Mamuda industries. This is highly commendable.”
Mr Mamuda in his remarks, reveals that, the Gas Plant would be commissioned in the couple of weeks to come “…by you Your Excellency. While the 20 Megawatts will be ready for generation by December 2021 Sir.”
On companies for Candies, Lollipops and Biscuits, the industrialist discloses that, “It touches me that most of companies producing these are in Lagos, but 60 percent of the market is up North. So we need to have such companies here. This is why we are coming up with this Sir.”
Listing objectives of the Gas Plant he said, ” To supply factories with enough gas so as to have improved production, secondly is to supply enough electricity to industries and thirdly is to run away from the shortage of these things.”
Before inspecting the Plant, he was at Mamuda Tannery and Mamuda Agro, owns by Hamood, when the governor was impressed by the level of compliance of the COVID-19 pandemic protocols, where he met thousands of workers on face masks and all visitors, including the governor, washed their hands with soap and running water and also used sanitizer.
“Iam highly impressed by your compliance with the Protocols, it shows how serious you are in this fight against COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of your good compliance with the protocols, I am directing that this industry be opened for every day of the week. You should continue on the right track,” he stated.
Mr Hamood reveals that he employs over 10,000 workers in his industries, disclosing that, “Your Excellency we are happy with your way of handling the pandemic. And that good and exemplary leadership is what is encouraging all stakeholders to come to come and contribute in their own ways to the fight.”
“On behalf of the management of these industries, including the upcoming Gas Plant, we are thankful to His Excellency, the Governor of Kano state for creating an enabling environment for our businesses to thrive. This is encouraging as well as patriotic. We would definitely put all our hands on deck in moving the economy to the highest level,” Mr Hamood promised.