From Sa’adatu MAINA, Damaturu
The Yobe State Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Barma Shettima said Governor Mai Mala Buni’s led administration was committed to the development of commerce and industry to improve state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
Barma said Governor Mai Mala Buni is committed to the industrialisation of Yobe state and also to provide the needed infrastructure for economic growth.
“That is why his administration is building market, trailer parks, and other structures.”
He said Buni gives more emphasis on empowerment and strengthening the business capacity and growth in the state.
Through this, the state government engaged Small and Medium in Entrepreneur (SMEs) to work with other agencies of government and other development partners such as Bank of Industry.
Barma said when this administration assumed office, almost all the industries in the state were not functioning.
“Buni, however, swung into action by resuscitating most of the industries in the State. For example, the Yobe Flour and Feeds Mills Limited, Sahel Aluminium Company, the Woven Sacks Company.
“They were not been in use for a quite long time but now the government gave directives and approval for immediate resuscitation and now the companies are fully operational.
“With all these industries working in full capacity, we can say we have recorded much progress in terms of revenue generation to the State.
According to Barma Buni’s administration also recorded tremendous achievements in the commerce sector.
He the construction of Damaturu modern market is about 50 per cent completion. “Government has also issued a tender for the construction of other modern markets in Potiskum and Gashua local government.”, he added.
He said another plan for the construction of rural markets in Buni-Yadi and other local governments were also underway.
He said the progress recorded within the first year Buni’s administration, particularly in the industry and commerce sector, had created more job opportunities to the populace.
“The gesture has equally made some products available in the state, like roofing sheets that were scarce,” Barma added.