TVC E. With a view to securing the partnership of the private sector for the development of his state, Governor Aminu Bello Masari today, (23rd of March 2017), hosted a one day media summit in Katsina, with the theme: #KatsinaSummit.
TVC News covered the summit which started with a tour to the Ajiwa dam, one of the water source in Katsina state, produced and managed by the permanent secretary, Ministry of water resources in person of Mustapha Muhammad Inuwa, under the chairmanship of Governor Aminu Bello Masari.
In his welcome address, Mustapha Inuwa said his duty to the state was aimed at enlisting the support of the private sector in his efforts to change the dynamics of development in the interest of the people of Katsina and to provide a comprehensive water data base in public domain and assessment of impact of climate change on water resource, promotion of citizen and state action for water conservation, focused attention to vulnerable areas including over-exploited areas, increasing water use efficiency promotion of basin level integrated water resources management.
TVC News Correspondent, Rita Aju was taken round the dam to see how water was processed for the people.
He continued by saying :’ Governor Masari’s hope is to see a new dawn in Katsina where economic development will be easy and very smooth, identified the following as key priority areas for the state: large scale rice/wheat production and processing, medium to large scale sugar production and processing, tannery, large scale tomato production and processing, fertilizer blending plant, livestock production and meat processing; plantation for economic trees such as: Gum Arabic, Shea nut, Moringa, locust bean, hospitality and creative arts, solid minerals exploration and exploitation; and power generation.’
“We intend that by pointing up these as priority areas, broad-based wealth
would be created through large scale employment. We will support all
investors, but we will give top priority to investors who take advantage
of these priority areas. Their strong appeal to the Government is that
they offer the shortest route to both investor and government realizing
their joint objectives of wealth creation through large scale job
After which, reporters were taken to Government Science Secondary, Ajiwa. A well equipped with Science Laboratory and convenient hostel for boarding students, new class rooms and kitchen under construction for home economics students. 45 students in each class with 1,800 population in all. Internet service computer laboratory for Science students. – The Principal, Hajia Hajara Abdukadiri explained.
Governor Aminu Bello Masari whose aim is focused mainly on education and health has many phases of rehabilitation work, which includes: The construction of a new kitchen, hostels and additional classrooms.
The tour continued with the permanent secretary, Ministry of health, Dr Kabir Mustapha to the Katsina State General Hospital. He said, there are four general hospitals in Katsina, Kankia, Daura and Funtua with over 600 medical personnel already employed to manage the hospital.
A visit to the Emirs palace was not left out alongside with the palace guard for protection.