Kano to enact Land Use Act to boost revenue – Gov. Ganduje
Kano state government plans to enact a legislation to promote its Land Reform programme, as part of measures to improve revenue generation, the state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has announced.
The governor stated this, while receiving the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, in Kano, saying land use charges are very important to the state government, especially in the present economic situation. He added that other efforts of the government aimed at diversifying its income sources include investment in agriculture, in view of its huge prospect in terms of socio-economic prosperity.
Governor Ganduje told the Minister that a delegation from Kano has been sent to Lagos to understudy its revenue generation system for emulation, adding that the administration would also enlighten the citizenry on the need to pay their dues appropriately.
Earlier, the Minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, said the federal government is firmly committed to diversifying the economy, and commended Governor Ganduje for the resilient way he is managing Kano, despite economic challenges. Meanwhile, Governor Ganduje has charged the state Investment Promotion Agency to look for investors who are willing to put resources in the development of the state, especially in agriculture and allied sectors, as well as the development of the abandoned Kanawa International Market.
He also tasked them to look for investors willing to partner with the government in its proposed Light Rail project and Alternative Energy Supply for domestic and industrial use.
The governor, who made the assertion while receiving members of the Board of the agency, explained that the government’s investment drive is necessitated by the need to exploit non-oil sources of revenue, in the light of dwindling income from the Federation Account.
Earlier, chairman of the agency, Alhaji Isyaku Umar Tofa, explained that Kano is very fertile for investment, adding that an action plan for investment is being drawn to enable the state move to the next stage of economic development. He added that the agency is determined to ensure that viable infrastructural projects are completed, as they would enhance the investment potential of the state.