Governor Dikko Umaru Radda of Katsina State has solicited the support of the Turkish government in boosting the education, health, and agricultural sectors of the State.
A statement by the governor’s spokesperson Ibrahim Kaulah Mohammed said his principal made the call during a meeting last Thursday with the Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Hidayet Bayraktar,
The meeting, between Governor Radda and Bayraktar , according to the statement, took place at the Turkish Embassy in Abuja, where the discussed about fostering a partnership between Katsina State and Turkey.
“At the meeting, Governor highlighted the potential of Katsina’s agricultural sector and also appealed for investments that will upgrade the State’s education and health sector.
“Specifically, Governor Radda wants the Turkish government to support the Katsina Government’s greenhouse agricultural project, which will see to the cultivation of tomatoes and cucumbers, among other food crops.
“It is interesting to note that the Katsina Government is already building a food processing plant to be inaugurated next year. Plans are also on the pipeline to be exporting some commercial crops to Turkey from Katsina, by the time this collaboration agreement is sealed.
“We also hope that the Turkish government will facilitate the transfer of their agricultural technology with us for the benefit of Katsina farmers. Governor Radda, during the discussion, also assured the allocation of land to potential investors.
“His Excellency, also stressed the need for the Turkish government to bankroll the establishment of various levels of school and hospitals in the State, while also offering academic scholarships to Katsina students to read medicine, and other professional courses at Turkish universities,” part of Kaula Mohammed’s statement reads.