Abba Kabir Yusuf

Kano Plans To Deepen Ties With The French Republic

Kano State Governor Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf reiterated the administration’s commitment to strengthening the current consular ties between Kano State and the French Republic.

At a Friday meeting at the State Government House with the French Ambassador to Nigeria, the governor made this commitment.

Yusuf praised Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, the former governor of Kano State, for his work in building and preserving a constructive relationship with the French government. Aminu Abdussalam Gwarzo, his deputy, represented him.

Gwarzo was described in a statement by the Deputy Governor’s press secretary, Ibrahim Garba Shaibu, as saying that Sen. Kwankwaso has established French-speaking secondary schools in Madobi Town and two other locations in the Republic of Niger.

Emmanuelle Blatmann, the French ambassador to Nigeria, stated earlier in her remarks that the delegation’s visit to Kano was intended to present the state administration with a number of development projects in order to create job opportunities and improve the state’s economic situation.

Blatmann further mentioned that the French government has long supported agricultural cooperation in the private sector, with special emphasis on the encouragement of female apprenticeships and agricultural technical education.

According to Blatmann, during the past 12 years, Kano State has benefited from close to three billion euros in investments made by the French government through the French Agency for Development in various initiatives that benefit Nigerian citizens.

These initiatives include, among others, the Urban Water Supply Project, the Urban Mobility Project, the Energy Grid Project, the Projects on Higher Education, the Mass Transportation Project, and the Request for Rehabilitation or Revival of the Kano French Culture Centre.

Gwarzo informed the French Ambassador on behalf of the governor that the Kano state administration would thoroughly examine all the proposed projects.

The state administration will then invite the French government to a meeting to discuss how to carry out these initiatives, according to Gwarzo.