Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state has taken the advantage of being in Saudi Arabia, to further talks with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) in Jeddah, to strengthen negotiations between the bank and the nineteen Northern States.
The meeting is said to be in line with understanding between the Bank and the Northern Governors ‘Forum back in 2016, which is aimed at fast-tracking ongoing interventions by the Bank in different parts of the nineteen northern States
Shettima who is expected to depart Saudi Arabia by weekend after finalizing programmes for the return of Borno pilgrims, was received by the Vice President (Operations) of the IDB, Dr Mansur Mukhtar.
The Islamic Development Bank which is an international financial institution established by 57 countries including Nigeria through membership of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to foster economic growth of member States through interventions in projects and programmes.
Governor Shettima’s visit to the Bank was the second as it would be recalled that a delegation of Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF) led by the Forum’s Chairman, Governor Kashim Shettima, visited the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Headquarters in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on 31st January, 2016.
During the visit, the northern Governors held series of discussions that bothered on development cooperation with the Bank taking steps to make different interventions in northern Nigeria as part of ways to tackle the general socio-economic issues of education, power supply, agriculture, poverty alleviation, maternal health amongst other problems most prevalent in parts of the old Northern region.
During follow up discussions, the Bank’s Vice President, Dr Mukhtar gave progress report the Governor with regards to interventions to be carried out in different parts of Northern Nigeria and also in rebuilding the northeast which was affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.