Selected Governors from the 19 northern states in Nigeria will on Sunday, begin a three day meeting with top executives of the Islamic Development Bank in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to seek a critical development partnership with the bank.
The Chairman of the Northern States Governors’ Forum, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State, who is leading the delegation, said in a statement that the decision was part of resolutions reached by the 19 Governors, irrespective of religious and political divides.
The statement said the meeting would also consider ways to tackle challenges of agriculture, poverty, education, maternal mortality and other problems most prevalent in parts of northern Nigeria.
It said the governors were expected at the opening on Sunday, to meet with the President, Dr Ahmad Mohamed Ali and Vice President, Operations of the Bank Group to discuss a wide range of possible areas of collaboration in different sectors.
Governor Shettima is being accompanied by Governors Tanko Almakura of Nassarawa, Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna State and Mohammed Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State.
Others are top officials of the New Nigerian Development Company, owned by the 19 northern States, selected Commissioners of Agriculture, Education, Post Insurgency Reconstructions, Rehabilitation and Resettlement, Home Affairs, Economic planning and the former Chief Economic Adviser to late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, Dr Tanimu Yakubu Kurfi.