World Bank Pledges Support For Buhari


BEVERLY HILLS, April 27, (THEWILL) – Sri Indrawati, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of the World Bank has pledged to support Nigeria's policies ‎towards strengthening its economy.

Indrawati who was visiting the country for the first time, made the declaration on Wednesday, in Abuja after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

She commended Buhari for his successes in the anti-graft war and the counterinsurgency operations in the North-East and for his determination to create jobs and eradicate poverty.

“We would like to know how we can help Nigeria to make the very ‎important decisions, whether on micro economic policies and other sectoral policies that will make this economy to move forward to become a strong middle-income country to have a much more inclusive growth, to have a vibrant economic activity and creating job and eradicating poverty,” she said.”

“We discussed about the agricultural sector, ‎infrastructure, but also the need to pursue and continue doing a very difficult reform,” said the Indonesian economist who is responsible for the World Bank's operations worldwide.

“The president has a very heavy attention on infrastructure and ‎agriculture, which is one area we would also like to support with our own ideas by the private sector arm of the World Bank.”

“We also discussed more in terms of the need to diversify the economy away from oil. We also discussed on how to improve the fiscal side with the minister of finance under her leadership and try to improve on the revenue side, whether to improve collection tax as well as to fight against inefficiency and corruption.”

“We also discussed on how to support the management of natural resources, especially the oil, which I think Nigeria has its own reform agenda to improve the governance and management of the oil sector.”

“I think that is an important goal which is being launched by the Federal Government. That is the area that I think we would like to support in any way we could so that it can be delivered, in terms of a healthy sector, good governance as well as effectively supporting the need of the people and the economy.”