Gov Masari visits Norway embassy in Nigeria, seek support, partnership
Katsina state government plans to enhance bilateral relationship with Norway.
Governor Aminu Bello Masari stated this during a courtesy visit to the Ambassador of Norway, Mr Jens Petter ksemprud at the Embassy in Abuja.
Governor Aminu Masari told the Ambassador that he was at the Embassy to discuss the need for Norway to help in converting climate change and to check youths restiveness through social investment.
Alhaji Aminu Masari explained that government is currently seeking for ways to obtain minimal living standard for the citizenry through provision of basic and vocational education and water supply among others.
The Governor spoke at length on the efforts made by the APC administration to reduce to the barest minimum the cases of banditry and overcome herders – Fulani clashes.
He also revealed plans to work in close collaboration with the Norwegian Embassy to revitalise the livestock, Diary production, leather tanning and other income generating activities for fulani herdsmen in the state.
He said this would be done through enhancement of water points, grazing areas and pastures in the Forests.
Governor Aminu Masari assured that the provision of education, vertinary services and other welfare packages would be geared towards settling the fulani herdsmen to stop the normadic way of life.
Responding, Ambassador Jens Petter ksemprud appreciate the visit by the Governor to the Embassy.
Mr Jens said he was recently in katsina during the turbannig of sardaunan katsina, Alhaji Ibrahim Ida.
The Ambassador informed Governor Masari that Norway is interested in the states located in the Sahel and lake regions of the country.
He assured that Norway would work with universities to rehabilitate tropical Agriculture.
Mr Jens Petter revealed that research based activities would be sponsored by the Embassy, adding that they have a mandate to to assist in converting effects of the climate change.
He said Norway is also interested in the vocational trainings in the state, stressing that renewable energy sector would be looked into by the Embassy.
The Ambassador said the Norwegian Investment Fund will offer loans towards implementing some of sectors discussed with the Governor.
Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari was accompanied to the Norwegian Embassy by the chief of staff Alhaji Muntari Lawal, the special Adviser to the Governor on intergovernmental Affairs Alhaji Bashir Dayyabu and other Aides.
Hassan Muhammad Tukur
Government House Press Centre katsina