Senate Rejection Of Kaduna Loan Is Anti-Democracy, Says Group
A group, Kaduna Concerned Citizens has expressed dissatisfaction over Senate’s rejection of the USD350 loan requested from the World Bank by the Kaduna State government.
On Thursday, 29th March, 2018, the Senate rejected Kaduna State Development Policy Operation (DPO) in the sum of USD350 million as contained in the 2016 – 2018 External Borrowing (Rolling) Plan of President Muhammadu Buhari
The State Coordinator of the group, Abdulazeez Barnawa at a press briefing in Kaduna, said: “the position taken by the Senate to stand as a blog in the wheel of progress of the people of the State is unpatriotic”.
“It is a selfish stance to reject a legitimate request by a State government that has fulfilled all the requirements set by the World Bank, and granted for infrastructural development of the State “.
He stressed that government requires a minimum of 60 billion naira to fix primary schools, saying, more would be needed to build new schools with enough classrooms, staff rooms/quarters and other facilities, hence the needed support to raise the required resources to fund the capital projects.
“Unfortunately, the exact opposite is what the three unpatriotic senators from Kaduna did by placing personal interest over and above the overriding public interest, he emphasised “.
“This loan is beyond the Governor and the Senators from Kaduna, rather it is about the over 10 million citizens of Kaduna state. In any case, the loan request is packaged for the President and submitted to the National Assembly by the Debt Management Office before a State merits agenda status to be qualified”.
The Senate collaborated with the 3 Senators from Kaduna to deprive citizens their legitimate right to decent investment in human capital development through the provision of good schools, hospitals and roads for better quality of life,” he said.