In a bid to revive industries affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic disease in Kano State, the KanInvest and Diaspora, in partnership with the Links, a UK-based company and the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), has secured a N10 billion intervention fund from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
The fund which is expected to target at least 50 companies that have been affected by the pandemic in the state, is expected to facilitate the revival of the affected companies in order to sustain the prosperity of the state.
The Director General of the KanInvest and Diaspora, Ms Hama Ali Ware, said yesterday during a sensitisation meeting on the Kano State Turnaround Project at Government House also added that the CBN has agreed to support the project with additional funds if the need arises in the future.
Ware said: “We will sit down and discuss with the companies, one by one, not crowd. Through that way, we will gather information about the problem of a company and see the way to support it.
“The KanInvest and Diaspora, in collaboration with the MAN and the Links decided to come up with this initiative in order to support our affected industries because it is a worrisome situation that industries affected by COVID-19 and other problems are not functioning in Kano, which is known as the commercial nerve centre of northern Nigeria.”
The director general also explained that the agency had produced an expression of interest form for interested companies, announcing that the deadline for the submission of the application is 25 February 2021.
She further explained that the door would be open until at least 50 applications are received and “from then, we will see if they could exhaust the N10 billion or not.”
In his remarks, the President of MAN, M Ahmed Mansur, enjoined the state government and other stakeholders not to relent in their efforts to bring back the lost glory of Kano in terms of industrialisation.
A study, according to Mansur, showed that about 50 per cent of industries in Kano are either experiencing declining capacity utilisation or have closed down completely due to COVID-19 and other issues.