7 northern governors head to Abidjan, to meet AfDB President

Up to seven Northwest governors are traveling to Abidjan, Cote d’ivoire for a meeting on utilising the special agro-industrialisation programme.

The governors, Blueprint gathered, will be departing Nigeria on Wednesday November 15, 2023, and are also scheduled to meet President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Dr. Akinwumi Adesina.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Zamfara Governor, Sulaiman Bala Idris, said the governors will travel to explore the opportunities offered by the agro-industrial processing zones programme.

He said the seven governors are that of Zamfara, Sokoto, Jigawa, Kaduna, Katsina, Kano, and Kebbi states.

“The Northwest Governors will meet with Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, the African Development Bank President, and his team.

“The meeting is scheduled for November 16, 2023, and will include presentations and briefings on utilizing the Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zones programme.

“The Special Agro-Industrialization Program aims to achieve food self-sufficiency, create jobs, and boost economic growth by processing raw agricultural commodities in areas with high potential.

“Dr. Beth Dunford, Vice President of Agriculture, Human & Social Development at the African Development Bank, will guide the Governors on the Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zones (SAPZs) and what states must do to benefit from the programme.

“Prof. Oyebanji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka, Senior Special Adviser to the AfDB President on Industrialisation, will also brief the Governors on Phase I and Phase II of the program and guide for optimising the initiative by states”, the statement added.

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