Marie-Nelly made the disclosure in Lokoja when she paid a courtesy visit to Gov, Idris Wada of Kogi.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Marie-Nelly was in the state to inspect projects executed under World Bank-Assisted programmes.
She said the projects were designed to reduce poverty at the grassroots and stressed the need for government to take development to the next level through improved productivity and provision of more infrastructure.
The director added that the World Bank had entered into partnership with the state government in the areas of crop processing, HIV sensitisation and better budget execution.
She advised the Kogi government to apply to the World Bank so as to be among the states that would benefit from the Erosion Management Fund being provided by the bank.
Gov. Wada assured the bank that the state would meet its obligation regarding the payment of counterpart contributions as a mark of readiness to move forward.
He also gave the assurance that every partnership that would bring development to the state and improve the wellbeing of the people was welcome and would be given all necessary support.
Source :# Punch