NASARAWA GOVERNOR TASKS INVESTORS ON ACCOUNTABILITY

As Nasarawa State opens its door to investors, Governor Abdullahi Alhaji Sule has tasked investors coming into the state on accountability and transparency.

The governor laid the task in a speech at a dinner organized in his honour by officials of the Kenyang Mining Company Limited, which held at the Taal Conference Hotel Saturday evening.

While restating the resolve of his administration to throw wide open the state to both local and international investors, Engineer A. A. Sule however urged prospective investors to conduct their activities in the state with all sense of accountability and transparency.

He warned that he is coming to the table with clean hands and that investors must therefore put the interest of Nasarawa State above personal interest.

"You will not hear anything from me under the table. But what you will hear is, what is for Nasarawa State? What is for Nasarawa State is what interests me more than what is for A. A Sule," the governor stated.

He disclosed that his administration will provide all the necessary infrastructure to facilitate the activities of investors, stressing that the state will collaborate with security agencies to ensure there is peace and security for businesses to thrive.

Engineer Sule told the officials of the Kenyang Mining Company that his administration will make the Mararaba Udege road a priority to facilitate the work of the company but that the state will also expect returns in terms of training and employment for the people.

"We want to see people trained by your company, we want to see people employed in your company and we want to see you live in peace and harmony with the communities in which you operate," he said.

He added that his administration will ensure that whatever investors engage in, such is in line with laid down principles of operation.

While commending the management of the mining company for hosting him and his deputy, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe to a dinner, the governor said he is yearning to show the world that Nasarawa State is ready for business.

He stressed further that though the state used to be known as mainly an agrarian state, Nasarawa is more than that.

"Nasarawa has minerals and minerals require mining companies like Kenyang Mining Company. So we want you in Nasarawa State. We are ready as a state to welcome investors both from within and outside the country," the governor stated.

Harping on transparency, the governor urged Kenyang and other mining companies to come and operate in very transparent manner and to identify the minerals they require.

Earlier in an opening remark, Bill Nie, Managing Director of the Kenyang Mining Company,expressed confidence in the person of Governor A. A. Sule, describing the governor as hard working.

Nie was optimistic that with the support of the new administration, his company will be able to invest in the economy of the state, particularly local construction as well as provide service to local communities.

He disclosed that previously, the Kenyang Mining Company concentrated its activities in South Western part of the country, in states like Lagos, Ogun and Oyo but that with its coming to Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state, it has operated peacefully while carrying along the local government, local chief community as well as the people of the area.

The dinner was attended by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe, top government functionaries, traditional rulers led by the Emir of Lafia, among others.

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