The Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, on Wednesday met with World Bank officials to review the bank’s engagements in the country and at state levels. NGF Chairman and Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, disclosed this while addressing reporters after the meeting that was held in Abuja.
Mr Fayemi said that the World Bank had been a major partner of the forum in the development programmes of all the states. According to him, the World Bank is investing some four billion dollars in critical sectors of the economy. The fund is to assist the states in addressing health, education, soil erosion, water and infrastructural development.
Fayemi said yesterday’s meeting also reviewed what the state governors needed to improve on and how they needed to accelerate deployment of resources available within the portfolio for states. He however assured the World Bank that its fund would be judiciously utilized.
In his remarks, World Bank Country Director, Rachid Benmessaoud, said that since the mission of the Bank is to fight poverty and build prosperity, fighting poverty in Nigeria and Africa is going to be absolutely critical for reducing poverty globally.
He stated that consequently, the bank’s priorities will be to invest in human capital and in people to have access to basic education, health services, social protection