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Senator’s reject Kaduna state government loan request from world bank

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The Senate has rejected the 350 million US
dollars Kaduna state Development Policy Operation credit facility
from the World Bank.

Chairman, Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts, Senator
Shehu Sani while reading the report of his committee at Thursday’s
plenary said the state government has not genuinely state how the
loan request will be properly utilized for the people of Kaduna
hence the recommendation for its rejection.

Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi representing Kaduna North gave his
backing to the recommendation that the loan request should not be
approved because it will increase the loan burdens on the state and
that the reasons for the request sent to the World Bank are at
variance with what the money is meant for.
He said the loan request is a misplacement of priorities by the
Kaduna state government.

Senator Danjuma La’ah representing Kaduna South also kicked
against the loan request saying his people had not mandated him
to support the credit facility.
Deputy Senate Leader, Senator Bala Na’Allah saif it is a lesson for
democracy especially governors who refuse to consult with their
people and representatives before seeking such massive loan
approval.

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu who presided said a
loan application for infrastructural development is not bad in itself
but that failure to consult with representatives of the people before
such a critical facility is taken is clearly undemocratic.
When he put the question, the Senate overwhelmingly rejected the
350 million US dollars loan request by the Kaduna state
government.

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