Gombe seeks partnership with NIPC on technical support, investment drive

From Umar Kaltungo

The Gombe State Investment and Property Development Company, (GSIPDC), has sought partnership with the Nigerian Investment Promotion Council, (NIPC), in its drive to reposition and achieve the lofty goal set out for the company by the State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya.

The chairman of the board of GSIPDC, Dr. Umar Kwairanga, (Sarkin Fulanin Gombe), who led his members on a courtesy visit to the Director-General of the NIPC in Abuja recently, said since the establishment of the company in 1999 to manage the State’s investment build-up and drive development, the company had barely achieved its set goals and objectives.

He stated that it was the reason why Governor Yahaya constituted a new Board and management for the company to revamp it and rekindle the social and economic potentials of the outfit.

“My Board was inaugurated in July 2021 and we have set for ourselves the task of positioning the company at the forefront of the development narrative in Gombe State. This involves resuscitating various legacy assets and projects as well as actualising the new initiative of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya’s administration such as the Gombe Industrial Park and Special Development Zones plan for the three senatorial zones”, he further stated.

Dr. Kwairanga added that the Board realised that in order to meet these targets in record time, such collaboration and support from the NIPC become expedient.

“The NIPC was established in 2004 to encourage promote and coordinate investment in the Nigerian economy. From that perspective, the GSIPDC is also an agency registered and empowered to do the same in Gombe State. We, therefore, seek to collaborate and learn from the Council as to how we can effectively carry out our investment promotion mandate”.

He further said that the Board would seek to know the metric investors to consider before deciding where to invest and how it could quickly put measures in place, in order to attract more investors in the State.

“We would also like the Council to help advertise our State and our company in its various platforms and ask this with good reason. Gombe State was this year ranked as the number one in ‘Ease of Doing Business’, a testament to the State Governor’s determination to improve the State processes and business-friendliness”.

According to him, the Board stands ready to support any genuine investor, especially those interested in agriculture, agro-processing, solid minerals and manufacturing.

Dr. Kwairanga informed his host that the State government conceptualised and recently launched a world-class development master plan called: Development Agenda for Gombe State, (DEVAGOM).

He assured that the governor is determined to see to its timely and effective implementation.

“I wish to specifically mention one of the components of the Master Plan, which is the Gombe Industrial park that is currently being promoted and developed. The contract for the 1st-phase of the project has already been approved by the State government”, he stated.

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