Kano State Government would strenthen it's long existing bilateral relationship with the government of Pakistan for mutual socio-economic development.
The State Acting Governor, Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, stated this when he received Pakistan High Commissioner to Nigeria, Major General (rtd) Waqar Ahmed Kingravi, who paid him a courtesy visit in his office.
Gawuna maintanied that there is no better time to strengthen partnership with Pakistan than now as the two states share many ssues of common interest especially in terms of religion, culture and socio-economic activities.
" We are very much aware how the long term relationship between Kano and Pakistan on education has gone far for many decades and Kano benefits from that relationship" he stated.
The Acting Governor stressed that in view of this, "the administration of Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje will continue to partner with Pakistan on various aspects of human development like Agriculture, Health and Education to ensure progress in the State ".
" It is evident that here in Kano, there are many organisations etablished by Pakistans such as Ahmadiyya Schools, Ahmadiyya Hospitals which potrayed the kind of relationshp we have especially healthcare delivery " Gawuna said
He further explained that the visit by the High Commissioner came at a time when the state declared its new policy on free and compulsory basic and secondary education to ensure education for all and therefore need more partnership, support and collaboration with countries like Pakistan.
Earlier, the Pakistan High Commissioner to Nigeria, Major General (rtd) Wagar Ahmad Kingravi, said he was in Kano for a two day official working visit as part of his country's effort to enhance good cordial relationship with Nigeria and Kano State in particular.
" Pakistan has a rich history with Nigeria more specially Kano. Most of the Pakistanis who were in Kano in the 70s invested heavily while part of the Pakistan's community live in Lagos and engaged themselves on somany trading activities " he disclosed.
He revealed that Pakistan's Government is working towards improving its cordial relationship with Kano which, according to him, would allow the country to render its support on security, agriculture, health, education and economic development.