The President of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu has urged the Senate to consider and approve his request to obtain a loan of $8,699,168,559 and €100 million as part of the 2022 – 2024 external borrowing plan of the federal government, All Nigeria Latest News reports.
The President’s letter of request was read at plenary on Tuesday by Senate President, Godswill Akpabio.
President Tinubu noted that the World Bank and African Development Bank have indicated interest to support the loan with $1billion and N1.5billion respectively.
The President in his letter titled: “2022-2024 external borrowing plan” said: “I write in respect of the above subject and to submit the attached Federal Government 2022-2024 external borrowing plan for consideration and early approval of the National Assembly to ensure prompt implementation of the projects.
“The Senate may wish to note that the past administration approved a 2022-2024 borrowing plan by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) held on May 15, 2023.
“The project cuts across all sectors, with specific emphasis on infrastructure, agriculture, health, water supply, roads, security, and employment generation as well as financial management reforms.
“Consequently, the required approval is in the sum of $8,699,168,559 and €100 million.
“I would like to underscore the fact that the projects and programmes in the borrowing plan were selected based on economic evaluations as well as the expected contribution to the social economic development of the country, including employment generation, and skills acquisition.
“Given the nature of these facilities, and the need to return the country to normalcy, it has become necessary for the Senate to consider and approve the 2022- 2024 external abridged borrowing plan to enable the government deliver its responsibility to Nigerians.”
Senate President Akpabio subsequently referred the executive request to the Senate Committee on Foreign and Local Debts for further legislative consideration, with instructions to report back to plenary within one week.