Kano State Governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf has criticized the federal government’s allocation of N500 billion through the Bank of Industry to support small-scale industries across the country’s geopolitical zones. Governor Yusuf, who was represented by his Deputy Comr. Aminu Abdussalam Gwarzo during a meeting with representatives from the Kano Cooperative Society at the state government house revealed that the distribution was heavily skewed, with Lagos State receiving 47% of the allocation, followed by the South-South Zone with 17%, and other regions receiving significantly lower percentages.
In a statement issued at the end of the meeting, the governor described the distribution as unfair, unconstitutional, and illegal and “called on relevant authorities, including Senators and Members of the House of Representatives, to rectify the situation and take appropriate action against those responsible”.
The governor also pledged his commitment to assist Cooperative Societies in their efforts to combat poverty and regain their influence while emphasizing on the importance of Cooperative Societies as vehicles through which citizens can improve their lives and contribute to the overall development of their community and nation.
The statement further said, “Governor Yusuf announced that the state government would engage Cooperative Societies in designing poverty eradication and sustainable development programs.
“Furthermore, committees would be established to review the activities of Cooperative Desk Officers in each Local Government Area, while desk officers would be introduced in major markets such as Dawanau, Kantin Kwari, Yan Lemo among others to guide and support cooperative activities”.
It added that, “President of the Kano Cooperative Society, Musa Hassan Aikawa, spoke on behalf of the delegation and emphasized the significance of cooperatives in enhancing the lives of their members.
“He highlighted the fact that Kano State has over 2.8 million cooperative members, primarily consisting of young people. Aikawa requested intervention from the state government to develop strategies for reducing the high unemployment rate in the state.
“The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Solid Minerals, Haj. Mairo Audi Danbatta, expressed solidarity with the cooperative movement and encouraged the youth to embrace cooperative business ventures as a means of reducing unemployment in Kano State.