Gombe State Governor, Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya has approved a vast land measuring 1000 hectares for the commencement of the Gombe Industrial Park which is to serve as a trade and investment hub.
Also, as the Dadinkowa hydro-power plant in Gombe State awaits official commissioning by President Muhammadu Bihari any moment before the end of the year, State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has paid an inspection visit to the proposed site of the industrial park, located within the vicinity of the plant.
The approved 1000 hectares of land for the establishment of the industrial park is to provide an enabling environment for investors to set up businesses in the state in an effort to make it one of the industrialised states in the country.
The governor had at different forums, hinted on the economic gains of the industrial park to the state when it finally takes off, saying that it would tap into the soon-to-be inaugurated Hydro Electric power plant.
In a remark during the inspection visit, Inuwa Yahaya said that by the time the Dadinkowa hydropower plant is put to use, the industrial park will be a hub for trade and investment activities.
He further said that, his administration has already mapped out plans and other economic strategies that will enhance economic growth in the immediate host community, Gombe State and the nation at large.
This economic development initiative, he said, will pave the way for both local and large scale farmers to sell their farm produce to interested investors in their farmlands without having to transport them elsewhere and added that job creation for the state teeming youths is another beneficial aspect of the initiative as well as revenue generation.
He also called on the traditional leaders and other members of the host community to support the initiative, guaranteeing compensation for all the affected persons whose farmlands and other property might be tempered within the cause of developing the proposed site.
In his remarks, the Managing Director, Upper Benue River Basin Development Authority, Engineer Abubakar Muazu assured the Governor of his agency’s commitment in providing desired support to the state for the mutual benefit of the two bodies.
He said that the Upper Benue River Basin Development Authority is readily available to provide technical support in the areas of irrigation farming and other farming techniques.
The State Commissioner of Commerce and Industry, Alhaji Nasiru Aliyu who conducted the Governor round the site alongside his lands counterpart, Alhaji Danladi Adamu, disclosed that investors have already started indicating interest and reaching out to the state government with a view to investing when the park comes on stream as contained in a statement by Ismaila Uba Misilli, Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the governor.