The World Bank has expressed its interest to partner with governments in north east Nigeria, to develop the region, particularly those areas damaged by insurgency.
A team of World Bank Specialists, led by Dr. Tunde Adekola, stated this during an official visit to the Gombe State Government, represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Charles Iliya.
The head of delegation said, “addressing developmental problems in the north east required a holistic approach, considering the recent problems confronting the area, due to insecurity”.
Dr. Adekola said the challenges of insecurity might have emanated from economic problems of poor education, but that the World Bank was trying to look at all issues in order to produce positive results.
The delegation said it wanted to hold a meeting with governments,private organizations and other stakeholders, so as to identify all possible sources of insecurity and find lasting solutions to them.
Dr. Adekola appreciated the efforts of the Gombe State Government in the area of education and expressed optimism that the partnership between them would produce results that would develop north east Nigeria.
“We’re here to support you; we’re here to support all the six north eastern states. We look forward for partnership, collaboration and cooperation between the World Bank and of course the states,” said Dr. Adekola.
Receiving the World Bank Team on behalf of Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, the Deputy Governor, Dr. Iliya expressed appreciation to the World Bank for coming to the aid of Gombe State and the North East, which had suffered colossal damage as a result of insurgency.
“Now attention is being focused on the north east. So we are happy to see you round, we are happy to be with you. We want to thank you very much for all the efforts to make sure that some kind of solution is found, with the problems that we are facing in this part of the country,” the Gombe State Deputy Governor said.
The Gombe State Deputy Governor informed the World Bank Team that the government of Dankwambo placed high priority on education, because of its capacity to pull overall development of any society.
Dr. Iliya expressed hope that the steps taken by the World Bank in assisting Gombe State and the North East would yield positive results in the development of the area.