Kano state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on Wednesday formally commissioned four brand new vehicles procured by the state Agricultural Supply Company, KASCO.
The vehicles include two trucks capable of carrying 40 metric tonnes each, one carry go bus and a pick up van valued at a total of N40 million.
He noted that his administration’s decision to re-organize the company after several years of been comatose is yielding result as the company is now fully operational and generating profit.
“The company now has about N600 million in its kitty and is installing a new production line worth N500 million”, the governor noted adding that its management has repaid the loan it collected from the state government, with appreciable profit.
Dr. Ganduje also expressed happiness that the company has taken advantage of the agreement between Nigeria and Morocco, on fertilizer supply, to boost local production of the commodity, pointing out that “the company now produces fertilizer not only for Kano but also for Kebbi, Jigawa, Katsina and Niger states”.
In his remarks, the Managing Director, Kano State Agricultural Supply Company, KASCO, Bala Muhammad told the governor that “only yesterday, we repaid the N300 million loan we borrowed from the state government in 2105 together with a profit of N200 million”.
Besides, the Managing Director announced that the management is currently test running its newly acquired blending plant, stressing that apart from purchasing the new vehicles, he added that the company also refurbished a number of operational vehicles.
He also disclosed that the company had renovated its abandoned stores across the state and is now making fertilizer available to the door steps of the ordinary farmer, without much stress.
Meanwhile, Governor Ganduje received a donation of N20 Million from Lee Group of Companies, to support victims of several market fire incidents in the state.
Governor Ganduje thanked the organization for its deep sense of Corporate Social Responsibility, as exemplified in several projects and community assistance, noting that the company is the largest private sector employer of labour in the state.
The Governor further expressed appreciation to them for assisting the state Fire Service in quenching fire outbreaks especially the recent one at Sabon Gari market, urging others to emulate.
In his remarks, the representative of Lee Group of Companies, Alhaji Ahmadu Haruna Zago stressed determination to contribute to the socio-economic development of the environments within which they operate.
Salihu Tanko Yakasai DG Media & Communications Government House Kano
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