The Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has appointed the deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II as the vice chairman of the board of Kaduna Investment Promotion Agency (KADIPA).

In a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye, the state hopes to benefit from the profile, experience, intellect and networks of the dethroned traditional ruler who, prior to his ascension, was an economist and banker of international repute.

The statement stated in part that ‘’the appointment is part of the reconstitution of the board of KADIPA, which is statutorily chaired by the Deputy Governor and has as internal members other senior officials of the Kaduna State Government.

It stated that the agency which was established in 2015 has led the investment drive of the state and anchored the implementation of the Ease of Doing Business Charter that earned Kaduna recognition as the number one place for doing business in Nigeria.

The statement also reads that ‘’the Deputy Governor, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe will chair the board while His Highness Muhammadu Sanusi II will be the Vice-Chairman.

Other members of the board include Malam Balarabe Abbas Lawal, the Secretary to the State Government; Mr Jimi Lawal, Senior Adviser and Counsellor and Aisha Dikko, the Attorney General of Kaduna State.”

According to the statement, the external members of the board were carefully chosen to boost the investment credentials of the state and the governor has confidence in the new board, which contains the most senior officials in the state, to propel the agency to greater investment opportunities.