Governor Abubakar recently met with top management staff of the World Bank to set up a working relationship and explore areas of mutual interest. The meeting which took place in Abuja, had the World Bank Country Representative Dr. Rashid Ibn Masud leading the delegation of the global body.
In a proposal presentation, Gov. Abubakar highlighted the major challenges facing key sectors in the state economy, and what his administration has done to tackle them head on. He also highlighted that with a monthly recurrent expenditure of N5.1B on state and LG salaries, he is aggressively diversifying the economy to generate an increase in revenue. He added the Agricultural, Health and Tourism sectors have recorded growth, but said collaboration is needed to improve IGR.
Governor Abubakar also called on the World Bank to assist in investing in the Edu-sector saying government cannot do it alone to turn around the sector as quickly as he would love to. He mentioned that he met the sector in a sorry state and vowed to change it during his tenure. So far, contracts have been awarded for the building and renovation of over 700 schools within the state. Governor Abubakar added that this is not adequate, and requested for assistance to do more. Additionally, he requested for help in the maintenance of Dams in the state, while calling for the building of new ones like those in Jama’are and Waya.
Concluding, Gov. Abubakar asked for specific intervention in ICT, Education, Agriculture and Infrastructural. He showed indices and projections to measure growth and net gains to the state economy from investing now in these sectors. He also pledged to provide a conducive working environment for the World Bank to operate in the state.
Responding, the World Bank Country representative Dr, Rashid ibn Masud thanked the Governor for the visit and pledge to study the proposal with the aim to see the areas of possible intervention. He highlighted six major areas where the Bank’s presence is felt in the state. He also requested for a formal document showing priority areas. He concluded by pledging support to work with the state for rapid socio-economic development.