Sokoto Seeks USAID’s Col­lab­o­ra­tion in Agro-al­lied In­dus­tries

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Gov­er­nor Aminu Waziri Tam­buwal of Sokoto State, has called on the United States Agency for In­ter­na­tional Devel­op­ment (USAID) to col­lab­o­rate with the state gov­ern­ment in the area of leather clus­ters and agro-al­lied in­dus­tries.

He said the state gov­ern­ment will con­tinue to ex­plore ar­eas of pos­si­ble col­lab­o­ra­tion with lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional agen­cies for the mu­tual ben­e­fit of all par­ties.

Tam­buwal spoke in Sokoto when he hosted the new USAID Mis­sion Direc­tor for Nige­ria, Mr. Stephen M. Haykin in his of­fice.

“We have ben­e­fited im­mensely from past re­la­tion­ships with USAID in ar­eas of health, ed­u­ca­tion and sup­port for good gov­er­nance. We have a lot to learn from each other as such, we need a closer re­la­tion- ship in the area of agriculture and es­pe­cially agro-al­lied in­dus­tries.

“You have focused on im­pact­ing the lives of a greater num­ber of peo­ple in our state. And be­cause agriculture em­ploys more than eighty per­cent of the pop­u­lace, we need to come up with poli­cies and pro­grams for the sec­tor.

“I’ve al­ways said it that ours is a re­ward­ing and pro­duc­tive re­la­tion­ship which we are will­ing and ready to ex­pand,” the gov­er­nor said.

Tam­buwal ex­tended the ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the peo­ple and gov­ern­ment of Sokoto to the US gov­ern­ment for their care and con­cern, and es­pe­cially praised the ef­forts of Haykin’s suc­ces­sor in of­fice, Mr. Michael Har­vey, for his com­mit­ment to the devel­op­ment of the state.

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