Zamfara government, other northern govs seek AFDB support on Agric, security 

Governor Dauda Lawal has appealed to the African Development Bank (AfDB) to incorporate Zamfara state into phase 2 of the Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zone (SAPZ) programme.

The governor appealed while making a presentation Saturday during a meeting between Northwest Governors and the President of the AfDB, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina. 

The SAPZ programme aimed to end the export of raw agricultural commodities and  providing an opportunity for processing locally.

A statement by the spokesperson of Zamfara governor, Sulaiman Bala Idris, said Zamfara missed out on Phase 1 of the SAPZ program in 2021 but will benefit from Phase 2 after the intervention of the governor. 

The statement said the North-west states, including Zamfara, will experience unprecedented growth and development in the agricultural sector, contributing significantly to Nigeria’s economic transformation.

He said: “The meeting between the North-west governors and Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, has opened doors of opportunity for the seven states in the region.

“The governors of Zamfara, Kebbi, Katsina, Sokoto, Jigawa, Kano, and Kaduna informed the president of the AfDB about the significant areas in the region that require attention.

“The governors approached the AfDB for assistance in tackling crucial challenges in their respective states, such as security, human capital development, and agriculture. These crucial aspects are interconnected and significantly impact the overall well-being and prosperity of the people.”

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