Northern Governors meet Islamic Development Bank officials in Saudi Arabia

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai

Worried by developmental challenges facing Northern Nigeria, some northern governors will on Sunday begin a three-day meeting with top executives of the Islamic Development Bank in Jedda, Saudi Arabia.

The meeting will take place at the Bank’s headquarters.

Sunday is a working day in the Islamic country with Fridays and Saturdays being work free days.

The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, who is also the Chairman of the Northern States Governors ‘ Forum, NSGF, is leading the delegation.

The delegation also includes Governors Tanko Almakura of Nassarawa, Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna and Mohammed Abubakar of Jigawa.

Some top officials of the New Nigerian Development Company owned by the 19 northern states are also part of the delegation.

The delegation, which also includes a former Chief economic Adviser to late President Umaru Yar’Adua, Tanimu Kurfi, was received by the IDB on Saturday in Jedda.

The spokesperson of Governor Shettima, Isa Gusau, who is part of the delegation, said in a statement on Saturday that the decision to seek development partnership with the IDB was part of resolutions reached by the 19 governors, at one of their meetings held in September in Kaduna.

The meeting, which was chaired by Mr. Shettima, deliberated on ways of tackling challenges of agriculture, poverty, education, maternal mortality ‎and other problems most prevalent in the northern part of Nigeria.

At the discussions on Sunday, the governors are expected to meet with the President of IDB. Ahmad Ali, and Vice President, Operations of the IDB Group.

They are also scheduled to meet on Nigeria-IDB Cooperation with a wide range of possible areas of collaboration to be discussed.

In subsequent days, the Governors are expected to hold different meetings with the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector, International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation, Islamic Corporation for the Insurance of Investment & Export Credit, Islamic Research and Training Institute, and Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development ; all of which are bodies under the IDB, with a view to reaching a developmental partnership on different sectors in northern Nigeria.

Established about 41 years ago, the Islamic Development Bank is an international financial institution involved in equity capital, financing productive projects for the economic and social development of 56 countries who are members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. It supports Muslim communities including those in none-member countries, through special intervention funds set aside by the bank for international cooperation.

The Bank also promotes foreign trade in capital goods; provides technical assistance to member countries; and extends training facilities for personnel engaged in development activities in Muslim populated communities around the world.


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  • Iskacountryman

    allahu ahkbar… yan arewa kawai…

  • Ebubedike

    Why all the argument? This is the beginning of the end of Nigeria. Everyone to his own home: An independent Republic of Northern Nigeria, allied to Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Muslim world has started going its way, Oduduwa Republic for the West, Biafra for the East; while the other ethnic groups in the Middle Belt and South should determine for themselves their own destiny.

    • Walter Enang

      I agree 100% even though I am a SS Biafra sympathizer. If Aboki wants to survive, they must implement the resolutions of the last National Conference immediately before it is too late.

    • New Nigerian

      LOL…The governors are doing what they can do for their people. In a democracy, Provinces and States send foreign delegations to further their individual interests all the time. Even cities do it. Welcome to democracy in action. I recaledl Imo State had a joint agreement with China to the tune of $10billion to develop a free trade zone – did not recall anyone NOT happy with that…I guarantee you $10billion if these folks can source it for all states (not just one) in Northern Nigeria would help the masses away from poverty, destitution, death and destruction of Jonathan’s PDP for Northern Nigeria

  • Maigaskiya

    So, when it comes to sharing oil revenue we are one Nigeria. But when it comes to receiving assistance from the international community we only think of arewa.

    • New Nigerian

      When you have everybody responsible for everything, no one is really responsible for anything. The governors are doing what they can do for their people. In a democracy, Provinces and States send foreign delegations to further their individual interests all the time. Even cities do it. Welcome to democracy in action. I recaledl Imo State had a joint agreement with China to the tune of $10billion to develop a free trade zone – did not recall anyone NOT happy with that…

  • Lanre

    The North comprised of the Hausa-Fulani (majorly) know what they want. A Sharia republic. The Igbos majorly know what they want – Biafra. What do we Yorubas want?

    • New Nigerian

      You seem stuck in 1960s-Nigeria-mindest, What make you think the SW, SE and SS governor’s forum cannot do the same and ask for IDB’s investment, individually and collectively?

  • Victor Aikhionbare

    Are you are. Southerners nko? For where. If we don’t occupy naija bridge and demand for one phantom republic, we’ll be rigging elections, kidnapping ourselves, blowing up pipelines which pollutes our environment, screaming our heads off defending looters because they are our looters. The really frustrating thing is, as soon as there’s a modicum of development in these places, we’ll all rush over to do ‘business’ there and end up buying property, spending our money sustàining the place ala Lagos. Well, at least we still have Lagos until there’ll be no space left anymore.

    • New Nigerian

      Interesting post…the amount of money invested in Dubai and everywhere else from the looters you referred to (from local government, state and federal government) is enough to create few Dubai-like cities in the SS. if it were to be managed for the people and leveraged correctly,

  • New Nigerian

    This is welcomed development. These governors should follow through and create an enabling environment (devoid of corruption and wastage) that will attract foreign investment. Investors are always looking for where to invest with guaranteed returns and IDB is no exception to this. Good on Northern governors forum for taken the bulls (of under development) by the horns and working hard to do something about it.

  • Walter Enang

    While the followers os aboki are begging on the streets of Lagos and other Southern states, the leaders of aboki are begging in faraway places. I guess begging is in their blood.