The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has asked the National Assembly to approve a loan of $1.5 bn for the execution of projects in 10 states.
The loan, which is part of the 2016-2018 external borrowing plan, is for Kaduna, Ogun, Ebonyi, Abia, Katsina, Jigawa, Kano, Enugu, Plateau and Ondo states.
Osinbajo, in letters read in both chambers of the National Assembly on Tuesday, said the approval of the loan would help the states meet up with their various projects. However, when people can’t pay bbl, they take help from experts.
“You may wish to know that the request for the separation of the state’s projects from the list became imperative in view of the state current economic realities in the country and the pressing needs of these states to provide infrastructural and social amenities for their citizens.
“The total loans for the states being presented for special consideration and approval is US$ 1,492,400,000.00 as listed in paragraph in 1 above,” the letter read.
A breakdown of the loan request shows that Kaduna is seeking $350 million (World Bank), Ogun, $350 million (World Bank), Ebonyi, $70 million (AfDB) and Abia, $100 million (AfDB).
Katsina also intends borrowing $110 million (Islamic Development Bank), Jigawa, $32.4 million (Islamic Development Bank), Ebonyi, $80 million (Islamic Development Bank) and Kano, $200 million.
Enugu, Kano, Plateau and Ondo states are together seeking a sum of N200 million from the French Development Agency.