Vlisco textile to establish production company in Malumfashi, Katsina
The special Adviser to the Governor on international relations and investment, Alhaji Ibrahim Zakari had led a delegation of foreign investors from Holland and Pakistan on a courtesy call to the Executive Governor of Katsina State, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari in their efforts to establish a textile factory, Vlisco in the state.
This is also as the Governor pledged to do everything possible to facilitate the establishment of textile factory in the state by Vlisco Holland company.
The special Adviser to the Governor on international relations and investment, Alhaji Ibrahim Zakari told Governor Masari that the company officials visited Katsina before and are here to formalise arrangement to establish a textile factory in Malumfashi.
Alhaji Aminu Masari was speaking when he received the chief executive officer of the Vilisco Holland company, Mr David Suddens who led the company’ s team to pay a courtesy call at the government house council chamber.
The Governor told the company officials that any investment that touches cotton is an investment worthwhile for the people of Katsina state.
He said before the discovery of crude oil in Nigeria, Katsina state was responsible for 60% of cotton being produced in the country.
Alhaji Aminu Masari announced that huge market exist for Vlisco Holland wrappers as women in Nigeria cherished wearing such wrappers.
On the request for adequate energy for the textile factory to take off, Governor Masari who agreed that Nigeria has a sad story of trying to produced energy however assured that the current leadership is up to the task.
So far, he said Nigeria under president Buhari had achieved 7,200 megawatts in December last year.
In Katsina state, Alhaji Aminu Masari explained that three energy projects are coming up soon.
These, he said include two solar powered energy and a wind energy.
He announced efforts being made by the federal government to turn around the production of energy, adding that they include 33 KVA lines being energised for Daura, Katsina and that of kankara.
He revealed that very soon the minister of works, housing and power will be coming to commission the energise Funtua 33 KVA line.
The Governor therefore expressed the hope that Katsina state government will meet the expectations of the vilisco Holland company for the textile factory to come on board and also commend the Special Advisor for a job well done in attracting investors in the state.
Earlier, the chief executive officer of Vilisco Holland company, Mr David Suddens told the Governor that the company has over 100 years presence in Nigeria.
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Mr David announced that the company plans to start spinning and weaving in Nigeria as against staying in Holland and shipping the wrappers.
He said the company had started printing of wrappers in Ivory coast while the company hitherto import its products to Nigeria from the textile in Pakistan.
Mr David told Governor Masari that textile is a competitive business that needed uninterrupted energy and requested the government to intervene in that regard.
There after, the foreign investors were taken to the land allocated to them by the state government in Malumfashi to facilitate their business establishment.
While on the site tour, the foreign delegation showed their amusement and appreciation to the Executive Governor and the Special Adviser Alhaji Ibrahim Zakari for a warm reception and promised to fast track their decision making in the establishment of the company.