El-Rufai Assures Investors of Safety, friendly business terms
Kaduna state governor , Malam Nasir El-Rufai said against the erroneous impression about insecurity in the state ,Kaduna is safe for business and investment .
According to the Governor, the state has put all necessary measures in place not only to guarantee security , lives and property of the citizens and all investors , it has also created the opportunities to do business with ease in the state .
El-Rufai in his brief message captured in the programme of event , explained ,” At the inaugural edition of KADInvest , we presented the state development plan ,which explained how our new ,transparent tax code and demonstrated how the digital land registry we are developing is critical to supporting investments .
“In 2016 ,these efforts earned us over N18b in IGR,the highest ever in the state .”
He further explained, ” Last year , we unveiled the first Kaduna Economic and Investment Summit as a practical statement that Kaduna is open for business; that we view investments by the private sector as the surest platform for job creation ,improved internal revenues and development in our state .
” Our credentials as an investment destination are anchored on the human and natural resources in our state ,as well as the policy and legal environment our government has created .”
While emphasizing that KADInvest 2.0 seeks to consolidate on the gains so far made, he disclosed that the government will today present , ” Our new ease if doing business Charter ” reflect the hard work our MDAs have put into simplifying process of obtaining licenses and shortening the time it takes to get a business running in Kaduna state.
” Everyone that has dealt with us realises that our government is business -like ,focuses on results and eager to expand the opportunities for our people ,to increase the sources of wealth Creation ,to improve life chances and to secure the revenues to pay for public goods .”
He however said , ” If you invest in Kaduna state ,create jobs and pay taxes ,you are our friend .”
Adding , ” We thank those who are already investing and we invite more entrepreneurs to seize the opportunities that abound here .”
Meanwhile, he stated , ” As a sub-national actor ,we established the link between our state development plan and decision to prioritize Agriculture and Minerals as main investment sectors .
” And we are glad that major investments resulted from KADInvest 2016,especially the Olam $150m poultry and livestock feed project .In mining exploration work continues for gold ,nickel and other minerals.” He said .