The new partnership strategy jointly developed with the Federal Government supports the country's Vision 20:2020 objectives and its Transformation Agenda.
The strategy includes support for a bold and ambitious programme of development targets and interventions for the next four years between 2014 and 2017.
The World Bank Country Director,
It also covers improving the quality and efficiency of social service delivery at the state level to promote social inclusion as well as strengthening governance and public sector management, with gender equity and conflict sensitivity as essential elements of governance.
Ms. Marie-Nelly said the idea of the new strategy, which is the third in the series, was to build on the successes recorded under the previous support efforts in the areas of public financial management, access to information and integration of government financial management information system to curb leakages.
The director said under the previous strategy the
Under the new arrangement, she said the Bank intended to take on an enlarged number of states that have a high level of commitment to good governance, reforms, and promotion of priorities that take into account their peculiar geographical balance.
The new strategy would also focus attention on developing a social safety net platform in continuation of the effort by government in human resource development. It would also help work on the governance structure by strengthening the on-going reforms at both the federal and states levels and creating opportunity for social accountability.
"With the strong economic resources base that
She gave assurance of the
The Bank said it would also help towards improved human development outcomes to enhance competitiveness, increase employability and social inclusion; promote climate change adaptation to build the resilience to natural disasters and climate change, and help inclusive growth and mitigate security challenges.
Highlighting the country's achievement under the Bank's strategic partnership, Ms. Marie-Nelly said the recent reassessment of
She said according to a recent report by the
"The partnership of the
To boost productivity, create jobs and increase income, the Country director said efforts would be directed at improved agricultural productivity; increase power generation and transmission capacity; improve access to finance for development; redress social services delivery challenges by addressing inequities in income and opportunities.
The Minister of Finance,
She said she was particularly delighted that the paper was not only in support of the government's transformation agenda, but also worked with individual states where about 50 per cent of the country's resources were spent.
She said the expanded focus of the
"The country strategy paper is designed to help
The Minister commended the
She acknowledged the support the
The Minister said the improvement of
"The strategy marks
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