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By Etuka Sunday & Ngozi Onyeakusi, Lagos
Kano State Government has said its plan to empower commercial Tea Sellers, popularly called ‘Mai Shayi’ with the sum of N265 million was to promote healthy living and the economy of the state.
The Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje who made this disclosure at the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC)’s seminar for finance correspondents and business editors held in Kano State capital said, the administration in the two and half years had engaged in several entrepreneurship programmes targeted at market women, farmers and others therefore, the plan to empower the Mai Shayi entrepreneurs was one of those efforts by the government to grow the economy of the state.
Ganduje who was represented by the Secretary to the Kano State Government (SSG), Alhaji Usman Usman stated that the Commercial Tea Sellers (Mai Shayi) are patronized by all, therefore, should be empowered to ensure the healthy condition of the business.
He said, aside the fact that the business would help them to take care of their families, it was calculated to have multiple effect on the economy and the people of the state.
According to him, Kano is among the states at the forefront of ease of doing business in the country, saying that Kano has the largest textile deposit in Africa, but most of them are moribund, that government alone cannot revive the industry, since it capital intensive, therefore, assured that investors are coming in to invest.
The governor however, commended (NDIC) for its various interventions which are aimed at safeguarding and prudent management of public funds.
He said, Kano State controls a single revenue account which had helped in blocking linkages in the state.
The state which according the governor spends N9 billion every month for workers salaries could boast of two years consistent payment of salary.
Speaking on achievement recorded by the state within the years of the present administration, Ganduje pointed out that Kano Stated has enrolled over 3000 children in primary schools adding that the state owned and maintains two universities.
He further stated that over 5,000 teachers have been trained even as he assured that no teacher in the state primary schools has less NCE qualification.