|Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje|
The Kano State Government says plans have been concluded to provide 100 companies out of the 600 in the state with constant power supply.
The State Commissioner of Commerce, Industries and Cooperatives, Alhaji Rabiu Bako, hinted this on Wednesday shortly after defending the ministry’s 2017 proposed budget at the state assembly.
According to him, the ministry proposed to spend over N1.7 billion to complete ongoing projects including the state hydropower project.
Bako said that the power project when completed, would play a vital role in addressing power shortage in industrial areas of the state.
In his words: “we have discussed with the management of 100 companies out of the 600 we have in the state on this issue of power.
“We have concluded to provide them with constant power supply during their production hours; after which we can divert the power to other places including our major streets,” he said.
He expressed confidence that the hydropower would boost the economy of the state when completed.
Bako said, “To boost economic activities in the state, the ministry is also planning to renovate the famous Abubakar Rimi market, Sabon Gari and Kantin Kwari markets to modern ones.
“Also in 2017, we are planning to establish a modern dyeing industry which will compete with products from China, India and Pakistan,” he added.