Worried by turbulent developmental challenges facing the Northern part of Nigeria particularly the North-east, selected Governors from the North-east, North-west and North-central, representing the 19 Governors of the region, will on Sunday begin a three-day meeting with top executives of the multi-billion dollar worth Islamic Development Bank (IDB), at the bank’s headquarters in Jedda, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Sunday is a working day in the Islamic country with Fridays and Saturdays being work-free days.
Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima who is also Chairman of the Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF) is leading the delegation.
Shettima in company with Governors Tanko Almakura of Nassarawa State, Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna State and Mohammed Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State, 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, were received by a delegation of the IDB on Saturday in Jedda.
Others in the delegation included former Chief Economic Adviser to late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, Dr Tanimu Yakubu Kurfi, some technical resource consultants and facilitators engaged by the NSGF.
The North-east has been badly ravaged by the Boko Haram insurgency and needs serious reconstruction now that the inhabitants of the states affected by the crisis are coming back.