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The Bauchi State Governor, Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed has come out to ask the Chinese Government and the international business community to pave a stand in the investment in some of the moribund industries of the state which would be helping to create job opportunities for citizens.
Some the state-owned factories in Bauchi which the Governmeot had teased them with include the Bauchi Meat Factory, Styr Nigeria Limited, Bauchi Furnitures, and Bauchi Fertiliser Blending Company have operated abysmally for years.
Speaking in Bauchi at the Government House, on Thursday, the governor had also announced that he hosted the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria HE Cui Juanchun on the side of Bauchi Investment Opportunity. Mohammed said over 4.2 million hectares of arable land which the state is blessed with can support a systematic shift from subsistence agricultural farming to mechanized large-scale commercial farming.
He listed other sectors which might be of interest including the Yankari Game Reserve, Sumu Wild Life Park in the Tourism sector, while the Bauchi Meat Factory, Dairy Farm, and other industries need urgent attention.
Responding, Juanchun said China will assist Bauchi in the area of infrastructure, ICT, agriculture, industries and investment.
In another report, the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed has openly declared Monday as a work free day which is part of the mobilisation intiatives for residents of Bauchi state to get to enroll in the ongoing continuous voter registration ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Mr Mukhtar Gidado, who is the Special Assistant to the governor on Media and Publicity had in a statement on Friday explained that the work free day was to enable the state public and civil servants to go to their respective localities to in order to register and obtain their Permanent Voter Cards to be able to exercise their right of franchise.
Governor Mohammed has also expressed concern over the low turn-out of eligible Voters.