Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has inspected the proposed site for the Industrial Park, located within the Dadinkowa hydropower plant, in anticipation of the commissioning of the plat by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The approval of the one thousand hectares of land for the establishment of the industrial park was given by Governor Inuwa Yahaya with a view to providing an enabling environment for investors to set up businesses.
He said previously that there were a lot of economic gains of the industrial park to the state when it finally takes off, saying that it would tap into the soon-to-be inaugurated Hydro Electric power plant.
During the inspection visit, Governor Inuwa Yahaya said the industrial park would be a hub for trade and investment, when the Dadinkowa hydro power plant becomes functional.
He said, his administration had mapped out plans and other economic strategies that would enhance economic growth in the immediate host community, Dadin Kowa, Gombe state and the nation at large.
The Gombe State Governor said the economic development initiative would pave the way for both local and large scale farmers to sell their farm produce to interested investors in their farmlands, without having to transport them elsewhere.
He said among other benefits, the industrial park would create jobs for the teeming youths in the state, as well as revenue generation.
He called on the traditional leaders and other members of the host community to support the initiative, while guaranteeing compensation for all the affected persons, whose farmlands and other property might be tempered with in the cause of developing the proposed site.
The Managing Director, Upper Benue River Basin Development Authority, Mr. Abubakar Mu’azu, assured the Governor of his agency’s commitment in providing desired suppport to the state for the mutual benefit of the two bodies.
He said Upper Benue was readily available to provide technical support in the areas of irrigation farming and other farming techniques.
Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Commerce and Industry, Alhaji Nasiru Aliyu, who conducted the Governor round the site alongside his Lands counterpart, Alhaji Danladi Adamu, disclosed that investors have already started indicating interest and reaching out to the state Government with a view to investing when the park comes on stream.