Just 24 hours after being ousted as the Emir and exiled from Kano, Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State appointed Malam Muhammad Sanusi II to the board of the Kaduna Investment Promotion Agency (KADIPA).
A statement by Sir Kashim Ibrahim said that “the appointment is part of the reconstitution of the KADIPA council, which is chaired by the deputy governor and has other senior officials from the Kaduna state government as internal members”.
The statement signed by the special media and communications advisor to the governor, Muyiwa Adekeye, said that “the Kaduna State hopes to benefit from the profile, experience, intellect and networks of His Highness, Muhammad Sanusi, who before becoming Emir, had built a solid reputation in global financial circles.
According to the statement, “Malam Nasir El-Rufai further explained that Kaduna is honored to be able to use the services of such a man to boost its development,” the statement added.
The statement that said El-Rufai approved the reconstitution of KADIPA’s board, also said that the agency was created in 2015 and led the state’s investment unit and anchored the implementation of the Charter for Doing Business, which won Recognition for Kaduna State as the number one place to do business in Nigeria.
According to the statement, Kaduna’s deputy governor, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, will chair the council, while His Highness Muhammadu Sanusi II will be Vice-chairman.
Other board members include Malam Balarabe Abbas Lawal, the Secretary of State Government, Jimi Lawal, Senior Advisor and Advisor, Aisha Dikko, Attorney General of Kaduna State.
KADIPA’s board also includes Head of Service, Hajiya Bariatu Yusuf Mohammed, Commissioner for Business, Innovation and Technology, Idris Nyam, Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Fausat Ibikunle and Commissioner, Planning and Budget Commission, Thomas Gyang.
Other board members are the Director General of the Kaduna Geographic Information System (KADGIS), Altine Jibrin, Muhammad Hafiz Bayero, Managing Director of the Kaduna Market Development and Management Company, Farida Dankaka and Umma Aboki, KADIPA Executive Secretary.
“The governor also said he is confident that the new council, which contains the highest officials in the state, will further drive KADIPA to achieve greater success in attracting investments to the state.”
The statement explained that the government carefully chose its members to further strengthen the state’s in terms of investment attraction.
According to Adekeye, “El-Rufai expressed his gratitude to the members of the reconstituted KADIPA council for agreeing to serve.”