The Kano State Government, situated in North-West Nigeria, has reached out to the Canadian Government seeking aid in addressing the challenges posed by flooding, erosion, and drought.
During a meeting in Kano City, Governor Abba Yusuf implored the Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Jamie Christoff, for support in mitigating the issues plaguing the 44 local government areas.
Governor Yusuf emphasised that despite the state’s efforts, the assistance of Canada is vital in curtailing these problems.
“We have some environmental and climate challenges to which we want the Canadian Government to assist Kano State,” stated Governor Yusuf.
He highlighted the grave challenges faced by Kano State due to its proximity to the Sahara desert, citing droughts, erosion, and floods affecting all 44 local government areas.
In addition to environmental concerns, Governor Yusuf sought Canada’s aid in healthcare interventions to benefit vulnerable populations within the state.
Expressing gratitude for Canada’s support across various sectors, including agriculture, Governor Yusuf highlighted Kano’s extensive irrigation infrastructure, boasting 22 dams supporting year-round production of food crops, cash crops, livestock, and fisheries.
Mr. Jamie Christoff, the Canadian High Commissioner, affirmed his commitment to building commercial relations with Kano State, acknowledging ongoing projects aimed at empowering women in the agricultural sector, aligned with the Governor’s priorities.
Mr. Christoff announced plans for further engagements with key stakeholders in Kano’s business community to foster mutual collaboration and development.