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President Tinubu Seeks Senate’s Approval Of Another $7.8bn, €100m Loans



President Bola Tinubu has sought the approval of the Senate for another $7.8 billion and another €100 million borrowing plan, barely 24 hours after seeking the approval of the N2.18 trillion Supplementary budget.

The Senate President, GodsWill Akpabio, read the president’s request in a letter to the Senate on Wednesday during the plenary session.

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The President on Tuesday (yesterday) presented another N2.18 trillion supplementary budget to the National Assembly.

A few months ago, the National Assembly had accepted the N819.5 billion package that the president had submitted, which included a N500 billion palliative package to lessen the impact of the Federal Government’s recent economic policies.

The letter from the President read, “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 and the World Bank Group 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 7,864,508,559 dollars and in terms of euros, 1000 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 enterprenuers, poverty reduction and food security to improve the livelihood of an average Nigerian.”

The President in the letter further explained, “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.”

The letter further stated, “Given the nature of these 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 to deliver its responsibilities to Nigerians through expeditious disbursement and efficient projects implementation.”


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