Senate approves Buhari’s $8.3bn, €490m external loan request

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The Senate has approved the $8.3bn (N8,325,536,537) loan request by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The lawmakers also approved a separate €490m loan request by the President.

The total amount is part of the 2018–2020 external borrowing (rolling) plan of the Federal Government.

The fund was approved on Thursday after the Senate considered the report of the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts.

Chairman of the committee, Clifford Ordia, presented the report.

President Buhari had in May asked the National Assembly to approve the loan.

The approval of the loan, he said, would enable projects listed under the 2018-2020 External Borrowing Plan to be financed through sovereign loans from the World Bank, African Development Bank, French Development Agency, Islamic Development Bank, China EXIMBank, China Development Bank, European Investment Bank, European ECA, KfW, lPEX, AFC, India EximBank and International Fund for Agricultural Development.

In his presentation, Mr Ordia noted that the projects are geared towards the realisation of the Nigerian Economic Sustainability Plan that cut across key sectors such as infrastructure, health, agriculture and food security, energy, education and human capital development and COVID 19 Response efforts in the six geo-political zones of the country.

The funding agencies are: World Bank – $796 million, China EXIMBank – $2.9 billion, Industrial Commercial Bank of China – $2.4 billion, African Development Bank (AfDB) – $104 million, Africa Growing Together Bank – $20 million, French Development Agency (AFD) – €240 million, European Investment Bank – €250 million, European ECA, KfW, lPEX, AFC – $1.95 billion, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) – $60 million.

The Senate adopted the committee’s report and approved the loan thereafter.

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