Senate approves Buhari’s N2.3trn foreign loan request

Posted by News Express | 7 July 2021 | 516 times

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•Senate President Ahmad Lawan
The Senate has approved the Federal Government’s request for a $6.1 billion
(N2.343 trillion) loan request.
The Senate gave the approval on Wednesday after it considered a report from
its Committee on Local and Foreign Debt which it earlier directed to work
on the loan request.
Presenting the report on the floor during plenary, the Chairman of the
committee, Senator Clifford Ordia said the request is not new as it was
approved in the borrowing plan when the National Assembly passed the 2021
budget noting that it would be used to fund the budget deficit.
President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier in May asked the National Assembly
to approve the loan request, saying it would be raised from multilateral
and bilateral tenders as well as the international capital market.
The Committee recommended that the Senate approves Buhari’s request for the
issuance of $3,000,000,000 but not more than $6,183,081,643.40 Eurobond in
the International Capital Market.
The External Borrowing of N2,343,387,942,848, according to the panel,
should be for the financing of part of the deficit authorised in the 2021
Appropriation Act.
The Committee also recommended that the Senate should approve that the
amount authorised may be raised from multiple sources such as the
International Capital Market and any other Multilateral or Bilateral
sources as may be available. (Channels TV)

Source: News Express

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