Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai disclosed that raw gold deposits in Birnin Gwari area of the state is far larger than entire mineral deposits in the Republic of South Africa.
The governor stated this while declaring open the first Kaduna Economic and Investment Summit (KadIvest) held at Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Hall, Kaduna.
The governor therefore called on investors to do business in Kaduna, adding that the new vision of his administration was to make Kaduna a state programmed for abundant investments, economic opportunities and prosperity.
El-Rufai also said his government had put all mechanism in place to ensure adequate peace and security, good governance, improved quality of lives and social inclusion for the people and investors coming to do business in the state.
He said, “We have just found that there is more gold in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna than in South Africa.
“We are discussing with a large international mining company to come and explore our gold reserves in Kaduna State.
“We are focusing on mining and agriculture in creating jobs in this state. The mining company we are discussing with is going to take our local miners and train them and will group them into cooperatives so that they would become like sub-contractors to them and be able to work with them. We are working with the federal government very closely to ensure that this happens.”
He added: “In its breadth and scope, the plan leaves no one behind. Children, young adults and the elderly have the state as an ally for the pressing needs of their status.
“This is not utopia, but a deliberate, incremental improvements to enhance the the life chances of our people.”
He said the government was committed to tackle the daunting development challenges that were facing the state.
He noted that Kaduna remained northern Nigeria’s second largest commercial city, though it had lost up to 70 percent of buoyant economic activities.

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