The Kwara State Government has opened talks with the African Development Bank, AfDB, on various areas of partnership, including road construction, small and medium scale enterprises with focus on women empowerment, energy, and agro-processing.
Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s spokesman, Rafiu Ajakaye, in a statement issued today said that the proposed partnership is the outcome of a meeting the Governor held with the AfDB team in Abuja on Monday.
During the meeting, the governor spelt out the priorities of his new administration and discussed steps he has taken on them like recent multimillion Naira counterpart funds he recently released to access various development funds.
AbdulRazaq said that his administration plans to develop agribusiness and promote agro processing with special focus on commodities like sugarcane, rice and cashew, among others. He mentioned some investments in these areas to include the three hundred and fifty million dollars sugar refinery being constructed by the BUA Group and the sixteen thousand hectares of sugarcane plantation owned by the Dangote Group.
Governor AbdulRazaq is seeking partnership with the AfDB for the construction of Kosubosu-Lafiagi road as well as the fifty million dollars facility to support SMEs and women-owned businesses. He is also seeking ways by which the state can benefit from the two hundred million dollars project for National Electrification and transmission lines, among others.
According to the statement, a team of experts from the AfDB is expected in Kwara later in the year to identify projects in the priority areas.