Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, on Monday, said the state had attracted more than $800 million of local and foreign investments since 2016.
He disclosed this during his opening presentation at the fifth edition of his administration’s economic and investment summit, KadInvest.
el-Rufai also said the state had investment announcements of over $2.1 billion in 2020, far ahead of Lagos and any other state in the country.
He said his administration’s focus was to enable the private sector to create jobs.
According to him, “We want to make Kaduna the state of choice for investment choice.
“We have been able to facilitate these investments by the creation of a one-stop shop called the Kaduna Investment Promotion Agency chaired by the Deputy Governor, with His Royal Highness, the former Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, as the Vice-Chairman, and our commissioners as members, to operationalise and ensure the implementation of our Ease of Doing business charter.”
The Governor stated that in 2014, Kaduna was ranked by the World Bank as the 24th state out of 36 states and the FCT, in the Ease-of-Doing-business metric.
“By 2018, we had become number one,” he said.
He said the summit was designed to showcase Kaduna “to show our progress on an annual basis, and attract investors.” (SS)