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Tinubu seeks approval of $7.864bn, €100m loans for infrastructure dev

By Deborah Peter://

President Bola Tinubu has sought the Senate approval for $7,864,508,559billion and 100million Euro loans from the African Development Bank, AfDB for infrastructure development across the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT

This was contained in a letter of request forwarded to the Senate and read during plenary on Wednesday by the President of the Red Chamber, Senator Godswill Akpabio.

Tinubu added that the loans were also meant to mitigate the adverse effects of fuel subsidy removal on Nigerians through palliative measures.

The President further explained that part of the loans being sought for, were earlier approved by the Muhammadu Buhari administration in the 2022–2024 external borrowing plans which, however, had to be jerked up by the present government as a result of fuel subsidy removal.

The letter reads: “The senate may wish to note that the past administration approved the 2022–2024 borrowing plan at the federal executive council which was held on the 15th day of May 2023. 

“The project cut across all sectors with specific emphasis on infrastructure, agriculture, health, education, water supply, security and employment as well as financial management reforms, among others.

“The total facility of the projects and programmes under the borrowing plan is $7,864,508,559 dollars and then in Euro, 100 million euros respectively.

“The Senate is invited to note that following the removal of fuel subsidy and its impact on the economy in the country, African Development Bank, AfDB and the World Bank Group, WBG have indicated interest to assist the country in mitigating the economic shores and recent reforms with a sum of $1 billion and $2 billion respectively.

“In addition to the Federal Executive Council approved 2022-2024 external borrowing plan. Consequently, the required approval is in the sum of $7,864,508,559 dollars and in terms of Euro, 100 million Euros. 

“I  would like to underscore the fact that the projects and programmes borrowing plans were selected based on positive technical economic evaluations as well as the expected contribution to the social economic development of the country, including employment generation, skills acquisitions , supporting the emergence of more entrepreneurs, poverty reduction and food security to improve the livelihood of an average Nigerian. 

“The projects and programmes will be implemented in all the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory. 

“In view of the present economic realities facing the country, it has become imperative that the resolve to using the external borrowing to breach the financing gap which will be applied to key infrastructure projects including power, railway, health, among others, given the nature of this facilities and the need to consolidate the country to normalcy.

 “It has become exigent to request the senate consideration and approval of the 2022- 2024 external borrowing plans to enable the government deliver its responsibilities to Nigerians through expeditious disbursement and efficient projects implementation.”

Peterideal

A journalist by profession and I have been in active practice for so many years. A graduate of Political Science from University of Abuja. Maried with four children.

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