President Muhammadu Buhari requested the Islamic Development Bank’s assistance to tackle the infrastructure deficit in Nigeria.
The President’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, said this in a statement.
In a bilateral meeting with Dr Mansur Muhtar, Vice President of the Islamic Development Bank, on the margins of the AU Summit in Niamey, Niger Republic, Adesina said that the President made the call.
No amount of money is too much to revamp Nigeria’s developmental challenges, according to the president, with the increasing population and infrastructure deficit.
“We need all the infrastructure support we can get because the oil won’t last forever,” said the Nigerian leader.
President Buhari thanked the IDB for ongoing agricultural interventions, trade and investment, rural development and food security measures in Nigeria, stating that the country would appreciate more assistance in other critical sectors.
In his remarks, Muhtar commended Nigeria for signing the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement.
While congratulating President Buhari on a successful outing at the AU Summit, the IDB Vice President promised that the Bank will continue to support the development efforts in the country
He said the IDB president wants to visit Nigeria to commission the new office of the Bank, adding that “Nigeria is a regional hub for the Islamic Development Bank Group.”