The Kaduna State government says it has embarked on reforms aimed at strengthening its public sector for greater productivity.
Governor Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa said at the 12th Kaduna State Productivity Day and Honours Award in Kaduna yesterday that his government was making concerted efforts towards resuscitating ailing industries through sustained power supply from Gurara Dam and construction and rehabilitation of roads.
Represented by his deputy Alhaji Ramalan Yero, Yakowa urged investors to take advantage of the conducive business environment and harness the abundant opportunities in the state in agriculture, solid minerals and tourism.
“We have set machinery in motion to establish industrial ventures such as the Ikara Food processing Company, Zaria Pharmaceuticals and Kachia Ginger Processing Company,’’ he said.
The governor, however, commended the Federal Government for setting up the National Productivity Centre to among other functions, monitor productivity for growth.
He said this year’s theme, “Transforming the Nigerian Economy Through Productivity Improvement Initiative,’’ was fundamental to the rapid socio-economic development of the nation’s economy and democratic process.
Yakowa congratulated the organisers, describing this year’s awards as a “huge success’’, urging the recipients not to relent but to display excellence in their duties.
The Director General, National Productivity Centre, Dr Paul Bdliya, said productivity was vital for the survival of any nation that desired growth and development.