Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara says the state government has concluded plans to resuscitate five abandoned ginneries in the state.The governor stated this when officials of the State Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Gusau in Zamfara, Northwest Nigeria.
There are a total of 15 ginneries in the state that have been abandoned for over a decade.
Matawalle said the state government had developed a plan for resuscitating abandoned industries in the state.
“One of our plans, which has already began, is the contractual agreement between us and the Afreximbank where a total of one billion dollars will be invested in the state.
Already, the process for building a five star hotel in the state has commenced under this arrangement”, Matawalle said.
He said the state government would also develop a blueprint for proper exploitation of the state’s mineral deposits to ensure acceptable world best practices for the benefit of the state.
While promising to support the chamber in its planed 10th domestic trade fair billed for next month, the Governor urged them to make it an annual event for the benefit of the state.
“Trade fair is a major avenue through which the world will come to know our industrial, mineral and commercial worth”, he noted.
Earlier, the Chairman of the State Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Mr. Abdullahi Maiwada said with the attainment of peace, traders needed the state and federal government assistance to bring back their businesses.