CBN, Bill Gates partner on financial inclusion


The Central Bank of Nigeria and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have finalised the plan to drive financial inclusion in the country.

According to a statement from the apex bank on Sunday, the two groups recently held a strategic meeting on how to deepen collaboration on financial inclusion in Nigeria.

During the meeting, the CBN’s Acting Governor, Folashodun Shonubi, reiterated the commitment of the apex bank to continually partner with BMGF and other development partners to explore innovative solutions for driving access to finance.

In his remarks, the Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates, said the foundation’s focus areas for continued engagement in Nigeria include health, agriculture and financial services.

Earlier, Gates said his foundation will commit $7 billion to Africa in the next four years to support routine immunisation in Nigeria and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in Northern Nigeria.

Speaking at a parley with some governors under the auspices of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum at the Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday, Aliko Dangote announced the partnership with both the federal and state governments for several years, supporting the efforts at eradicating polio and improving routine immunisation, nutrition and primary healthcare in Nigeria.

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