The Honourable Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Hajia Aisha Abubakar has commended the Kano State Government for taking the initiative to establish a Pilot Neem Fertilizer Processing Plant in the State.

Hajia Abubakar gave this commendation while receiving members of the Kano State action committee on the establishment of the fertilizer plant in audience. She expressed happiness over the decision to use the Neem seed for the fertilizer production, adding that the value chain of the seed is long and very beneficial.

The Minister directed that a committee be set up by the Director of Industrial Development Department to liaise with the delegation, so that the Ministry can give them all the required assistance. She stressed the need to get foreign investors for the project, noting that when completed, Nigeria will get a lot of foreign exchange from the project.

Hajia Abubakar urged the State Government to ensure adequate Neem seed plantation, so as to provide enough raw materials for the fertilizer plant.

Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Hajia Bilikisu A. Waziri, who is also the Permanent Secretary, Directorate for Tertiary Institutions, Science, Technology and Innovation, Ministry of Education, Science Technology and Innovation, Kano State, represented by Professor Abba Garba Gaya informed the Honourable Minister on the intention of Kano State Government to establish a Pilot Neem Processing Plant in the State in order to harness its potentials. She added that due to the medicinal value of Neem Seed and the fact that it provides vital components, for fertilizer production and essential oil, the State Government decided to constitute an action committee to facilitate the actualization of a Pilot Neem Fertilizer Processing Plant in the State.

Hajia Waziri disclosed that, as part of its mandate, the committee was to seek technical advice and expertise from the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment with a view to fast tracking the establishment of the project. She urged the Ministry to assist in the areas of infrastructure, skills, innovation, investment, standard, local patronage and finance where possible.

She hinted that, the Kano State Government has collaborated with some Federal Government Agencies such as the National Centre for Technology Management (NACETM) which resulted in the training of 220 unemployed youths in leather training technology, 220 youths in leather goods technology, 220 unemployed youths in Foot wear manufacture, at the Scientific Equipment Development Institute (SEDI) and the National Research Institute for Chemical Technology (NARICT), Zaria, where 220 youths were trained on football production technology.

UMAR MARYAM YUSUF
For: Deputy Director – Press