House of Reps. give President Buhari nod to borrow $5.8bn

The House of Representatives has approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s loan request of 5.8 billion dollars.

The approval followed the adoption of the report of the House Committee on Aids, Loans and Debt Management yesterday, in Abuja.

Presenting the report, the Chairman of the Committee, Rep. Ahmed Safana, said that the loan was part of the Federal Government’s 2018-2020 external borrowing plan.

According to him, “The loan would be sourced from financial institutions like the World Bank, the Islamic Development Bank, China Exim bank, Chinese Africa Development Fund and International Fund for Agricultural Development”.

“I hereby move that the house do consider the final report of the Committee on Aids, Loans and Debt Management on the 2018–2020 External Borrowing (Rolling) Plan”, he said.

The House, while approving the request, asked that the terms and conditions of the loan from the funding agencies be forwarded to the National Assembly for proper scrutiny.

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