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World Bank Pledges Financial Support for Nigeria’s Economic Priorities

World Bank Commits to Increased Funding to Drive Nigeria's Development Agenda

by Ikeoluwa Juliana Ogungbangbe
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The World Bank has reiterated its commitment to enhancing financial aid for Nigeria’s priority economic needs, reinforcing its partnership with the administration of President Bola Tinubu. During a visit to the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Anna Bjerde, the World Bank Managing Director of Operations, affirmed this commitment and highlighted the Bank’s intention to enhance its financial support in alignment with Nigeria’s economic initiatives and requirements.

Bjerde emphasized the World Bank’s readiness to continue supporting the reforms spearheaded by President Tinubu’s administration. She underscored the importance of utilizing the Bank’s supportive instruments to step up financial assistance to Nigeria, addressing various needs across the economy.

“We will continue to support the reforms of President Tinubu’s administration through the supportive instruments we have, stepping up our financial assistance to Nigeria as per its diverse needs,” stated Bjerde.

The World Bank Chief expressed optimism about expanding the ongoing programs with the Nigerian government, foreseeing growth and collaboration following fruitful discussions with key stakeholders.

“We already have a large program, but from this visit, we already see that the programs will grow from there. I have been pleased with the discussions we had over the last meeting with the PBAT,” added Bjerde.

In addition to the discussions with President Tinubu, Nigeria recently hosted a mini-summit for West and Central Africa Finance Ministers in collaboration with the World Bank and other partners. Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Wale Edun, highlighted the significance of the summit in addressing crucial development issues and securing increased concessional financing for the region.

Edun emphasized Nigeria’s advocacy for greater resources directed towards improving electricity access, enhancing social safety nets, and advancing technological development to drive economic growth. He underscored the importance of prioritizing resources for Nigeria’s digitization efforts and technological advancement, aiming to find sustainable solutions for development challenges.

The Minister’s remarks underscored the government’s commitment to utilizing resources effectively to address key priorities and drive inclusive growth and development.

Overall, the reaffirmation of support from the World Bank signals a collaborative effort to address Nigeria’s economic priorities and foster sustainable development. By aligning financial support with Nigeria’s reform agenda and economic initiatives, the World Bank aims to contribute significantly to the country’s growth and prosperity under the leadership of President Tinubu.

The partnership between Nigeria and the World Bank holds promise for addressing pressing challenges and leveraging opportunities for economic transformation. As Nigeria continues to implement reforms and pursue its development goals, the enhanced financial support from the World Bank will play a crucial role in driving sustainable growth, creating jobs, and improving livelihoods for millions of Nigerians.

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