The Federal Government on Thursday received a proposal from the Kano State Government to upgrade the Industrial Development Centre (IDC) at Tiga into a world class leather cluster park and training centre.
The Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Hajia Aisha Abubakar, received the proposal from the state Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mr Rabiu Bako, who visited her in Abuja.
Speaking after a presentation on the proposed project, Abubakar lauded the idea in view of its conformity with the ministry’s plan to transform the existing 23 IDCs across the country.
She pledged the Federal Government’s support through the attraction of private sector investment for the successful execution of the project, estimated to cost N11 billion.
“We have been wondering how we can transform the 23 IDCs we have in the country because it is our belief that once we are able to do that, one of the aspirations of this administration which is job creation, will be realised.
“With the IDCs and the common facilities concept, you are providing the SMEs with the solution to their challenges; that is power, work space, water, name it, and monitoring.
“The best way to drive this is from the private sector and I am glad you brought members of the private sector as part of the delegation. They are the only ones that can drive this.
“We are going to work hand in hand with the private sector so they can drive this project.
“The government can only provide the enabling environment and on that I am sure the ministry will give you the needed support for this project to become a reality,’’ she said.
Earlier, the commissioner said that the proposal was developed by the state government in collaboration with the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN).
Bako said the proposed park was designed to cover the entire leather value chain, and would create 5,000 direct and over one million indirect jobs.
According to him, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje has bought into the idea and agreed to release the state government’s share contribution of 40 per cent to the project.
Alhaji Dikko Raddo, the Director General of SMEDAN, said that the project, when completed, would complement the Federal Government’s job creation efforts and serve as a model to other IDCs in the country.