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13 Oct 2017

Buhari Asked Us To Focus On Northern Nigeria - World Bank

The President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim, said on Thursday that the bank had
concentrated on the northern region of Nigeria in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s

Kim and the Managing Director, International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, who spoke
at separate press conferences in Washington
DC, United States, also advised Buhari to invest in things that would enhance economic growth.

Kim said, “You know, in my very first meeting with President Buhari he said specifically that
he would like us to shift our focus to the northern region of Nigeria and we’ve done that.

Now, it has been very difficult. The work there
has been very difficult.

“I think Nigeria, of course, has suffered from the dropping oil prices. I think things are just
now getting better. But the conversation we need to have with Nigeria, I think, is in many
ways related to the theme that I brought to the
table just this past week, which is investment in human capital.

The percentage of the Gross
Domestic Product that Nigeria spends on healthcare is less than one percent.”

He added, “Despite that, there is so much turbulence in the northern part of the country,
and there is the hit that was taken from the
drop in the oil prices. Nigeria has to think ahead and invest in its people. Investing in the
things that will allow Nigeria to be a thriving,
rapidly growing economy in the future is what
the country has to focus on right now.”

Kim also said, “Focusing on the northern part of
Nigeria, we hope that as commodity prices
stabilise and oil prices come back up, the economy will grow a bit more. But very, very
much important is the need to focus on what
the drivers of growth in the future will be.”

According to the World Bank boss, the bank will
invest in human capital in other parts of Africa in order to prepare the continent for the next phase of growth.

Lagarde, in her remarks, said Sub-Saharan African countries, including Nigeria, had posted
suboptimal growth in recent times.

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The growth figures, she said, were far too small considering the huge demographic potential of Nigeria and other countries in the region.

As a result, she said the IMF would be engaging
ministers of finance and central bank governors
from the region attending the annual World Bank and IMF meetings on how they could
boost and stabilise economic growth.

Lagarde said, “The Sub-Saharan Africa is one region of the world where growth is suboptimal.

Those countries grow at an average growth of
2.5 per cent. That is too low for the demographic expansion of the region.”

The IMF managing director said emerging and developing economies must invest more in their economies through infrastructural spending,
strengthening safety nets, allowing women more
access to the labour market and carrying structural reforms.


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