The Islamic Development Bank will give the federal government $1.8 billion to be used for projects around the nation.
This information was provided by Dr. Mohamed Jasser, President of the Saudi bank, at a meeting with Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, on Monday in Abuja.
The Islamic Development Bank is a multilateral development finance institution focusing on infrastructure development.
It has 57 shareholding member states, with Nigeria holding an 8.75 percent equity.
Chairman, Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group. Dr. Muhammad Sulaiman Al Jasser said on the loan, “The Islamic Development Bank has approved a total financing of $1.8bn for Nigeria.
“This includes $971m in project financing and $288m provided by our private sector affiliate and $477m in trade operation by our trade arm, International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation, and $90m by other Islamic Development Bank Group funds and operations.”
Jasser also disclosed that the Islamic Development Bank’s portfolio in Nigeria stood at $1.2bn, noting that the bank had completed 35 percent of those projects and looked forward to strengthening the bilateral and regional initiatives with Nigeria.
He said the bank’s portfolio covered 15 states of the federation, commending the Federal Government for its economic diversification initiatives.
“The Islamic Development Bank will support Nigeria’s recovery from COVID-19, including providing the necessary support to the private sector to create jobs and revive economic growth,” he noted.
He cited two key projects – Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zones Program and the Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline – noting that the bank was aware of Nigeria’s potential and opportunities for the private sector.
He appealed to the minister to help the bank get a piece of land where it could build in Abuja as the current office was no longer enough for operations.
He said the bank had three active capacity-building programs in Nigeria, including one in the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, to support the country