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In a move to strengthen its relationships with its partners on the ground the African Development Bank (AfDB) Resident Representative, Ousmane Dore, paid a courtesy call on the Plateau State Governor, Jonah David Jang, on April 12, 2012 in Kuru. Discussions between Jang and Dore revolved around the development of Nigeria in general and the Plateau region in central Nigeria.
Dore provided an update of the ongoing Fadama Project in Plateau State, which is a follow-up to the successful implementation of the National Fadama Development Project (Fadama I) through 1993-1999. He also informed the Governor about the Board approval of the 2013-2017 Country Strategy Paper, which is built on two pillars: strengthening policy environment and development of critical infrastructure.
The Governor, for his part, informed the Bank delegation that when he assumed duty in 2007, he developed a blueprint for the Plateau State which was tagged the 10-point agenda. This, he highlighted, focuses on peace-building, development of a Greater Jos master plan, revitalization of primary and secondary education, establishing the state as a hub for the export of agricultural products and development of critical manpower for the state amongst others. At the end of the visit, there was an agreement on the need for further consultation between the Bank and the state.
The meeting followed a presentation delivered by Dore on banking and financial sector reforms in Africa at the Nigerian Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies. The institute serves as the most prestigious centre for reflection, research, policy dialogue and strategic studies in Nigeria.