By Najem Francis, Sokoto
The World Bank office in Nigeria and Sokoto state government have agreed to expand their areas of mutual cooperation in a bid to engender development, inclusivity and tackle poverty among the populace.
This was the outcome of a meeting between Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and World Bank’s Country Director for Nigeria, Mr. Rachid Ben Messaoud, at the Bank’s office in Abuja.
A statement released Tuesday in Sokoto by the governor’s spokesman, Malam Imam Imam, quoted the governor as saying that his administration had paid all its counterpart funding for various projects to be executed jointly by the bank and the state government, and was awaiting further action to ensure rapid implementation.
“We have a number of projects we are implementing jointly in critical sectors like irrigation, water management, repairs of dam, health, education and others”, he stated .
“We have discussed on ways we can hasten up implementation and I am happy with the response we got from the World Bank team.
“Importantly, we have agreed to expand the areas of our cooperation into sectors like livestock development, administration and fiscal reform among others,” he added.
The statement said that the global bank’s officials have commended Sokoto government for its commitment to full implementation of the various agreements entered into by the two parties.
“The commitment shown by Sokoto government is commendable and reassuring. We are delighted by what has been achieved so far and we hope to create a better future together for the people of Sokoto and Nigeria,” the Country Director observed.
The areas of cooperation between the bank and Sokoto State government include the critical sectors like irrigation and drainage, education, rural and inter-urban roads, water supply, sanitation, waste management and health.