Federal Government on Friday said it was ready to partner with Jigawa Government to revive the Free Trade Zone in Maigatari border, Maigatari Local Government Area of the State.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Alhaji Abdulkadir Musa, stated this when he paid a courtesy visit to Gov. Muhammad Badaru in Dutse.
Musa said it was worrisome that the Maigatari Free Trade Zone had been inactive for quite some time hence needed to be revived because of its potentiality to boost the economy of the state and the country.
He said the federal government was in the process of reviewing the status of the country’s Free Trade Zones, including that of Maigatari, with a view to reviving them.
Musa said Maigatari zone had an advantage because of the railway line from Ringim to Nguru in Yobe.
“With the programme we are doing in our ministry right now, when Maigatari zone is revived, it will not only serve Nigeria, but also serve markets in Niger Republic’’, the permanent secretary said.
He also said federal government would like to collaborate with the state government on skill acquisition schemes to generate jobs for unemployed youths.
Musa explained that he was in Government House to discuss with the state government on how Dutse International Cargo Airport could be utilized to the fullest.
In his remarks, Gov. Badaru reiterated government’s commitment to collaborate with any government or organisation that would boost the economy of the state.
Badaru said he was working towards financial autonomy for the state through agriculture and industries.

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