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ZULUM VISITS SUDAN AS BORNO FORMS PARTNERSHIP WITH ARAB BANK ON WHEAT, GUM ARABIC EXPORTATION

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By Aishat Momoh. O.

Professor Engr Babagana Umara Zulum, the Governor of Borno State, visited the headquarters of the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) in Khartoum, Sudan, yesterday, where a potential partnership was formed between the bank and Borno to export wheat and gum arabic produced by the state’s farmers.

Sidi Ould Tah, the bank’s Director General, and other key executives welcomed Zulum.

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Governor Zulum came in Sudan’s capital over the weekend with Bukar Tijjani, a Borno native and expert on international agricultural development, who served as Nigeria’s previous Minister of State for Agriculture.

Musa Inuwa Kubo is the Chairman of Borno’s Mega Farms Project and the governor’s Adviser on Sustainable Development, Partnerships, and Humanitarian Response.

Borno is one of Nigeria’s top wheat and gum arabic producers, while the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) was founded in 1973 by 18 Arab countries (the League of Arab States) and began operations in 1975 with the goal of strengthening economic, financial, and technical cooperation between Arab countries and African regions through financing opportunities for econometric development.

The governor’s team demonstrated Borno’s potential as a significant producer of wheat and gum arabic, among other food and cash crops, in order to tap into the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development’s operational structure for expanded value chain and export.

The bank’s team, which had previously given overview presentations on Nigeria’s wheat, gum arabic, and date palm productions, complied with Governor Zulum’s request with conversations aimed at identifying and executing specifics for both sides.

Governor Zulum was enthusiastically received during the visit, according to our reporter, with enthusiasm from the Bank, presumably in reaction to the governor’s high regard and global esteem earned as a result of his frequently cited leadership style.

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