Abuja - Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has advocated for a Nigeria-Burkina Faso Joint Commission.
He said this would facilitate trade and remove bottlenecks militating against the smooth socioeconomic relations between the country and Nigeria.
The governor made the call while receiving the Burkinabe Ambassador to Nigeria, Piabie Firmin Gregoire Ndo, in his office.
He said the commission would enhance cross-border movement of agricultural products and livestock as well as facilitate other mutually beneficial economic activities.
Ganduje added that the Kano State government would be willing to facilitate the meeting which would bring together officials from government, members of the business community, immigration officials, the police and officials of the central bank from both sides, to discuss the way forward regarding social and economic relations.
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He stressed the need for governments in West Africa to work together to address issues of cross-border movements of Fulanis, especially in view of the prevailing security challenges in some parts of the region.
Ndo stressed the need for closer relations between Kano, Nigeria's most populous state, and Burkina Faso in view of the long existing cultural, religious, economic and historical ties between peoples of the two places.
The envoy dwelt extensively on the leadership role of Nigeria in Africa,pointing out that Nigeria's recent successful elections has set a good example for African countries.
He praised President Muhammadu Buhari for his leadership role in working hard to restore security in the West African sub-region, noting that his recent meeting with some leaders in the region was a step in the right direction.
- CAJ News