Nigerian Senate Approves U.S.$5.5 Billion Foreign Loan Request Digital Editor Nov 14 2017 International
The Senate Tuesday approved the request of President Muhammadu Buhari to borrow the sum of $5.5 billion. With the $3bn to be used for refinancing domestic debts, local lenders owed by the federal government may now expect to be paid.
"The Mamblilla hydro power project which has always been abandoned when completed will add substantially to the national grids thus improve power output of the country". He added that the $2.5 billion will create more borrowing space for the private sector.
Mambilla Hydropower Project, ii. construction of a second runway at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja, iii. counterpart funding for rail projects iv. construction of the Bode-Bonny Road, with a bridge across the Opobo Channel.
He further maintained that terms and conditions attached to those bonds were favourable to the integrity of the current administration, particularly as it affect the critical infrastructure, the bond was meant to finance. He was however countered by Senator Gbenga Ashafa who argued that the loans were necessary to facilitate development across the country.
"If we consider the projects that these loans are proposed to cover, you will all agree that they are spread across the geo-political zones of Nigeria".
He said, "This Senate will continue to partner with the Federal Government in matters that concern the ordinary people of Nigeria".
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