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Senate approves Nigerian govt’s $1.5bn, €995m external loan request


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Senate on Wednesday approved the Federal Government’s $1.5 billion, Euro 995 million foreign loan.

The Senate, headed by Senate President Ahmad Lawan, approved the bill in plenary on Wednesday.

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The approval was given after the senate considered the report of the Committee on Local and Foreign debts.

The €995 million loans will be used to finance agricultural mechanization in the 774 LGAs, while the $1.5 billion loans will be used to fund essential infrastructure in the 36 states and the federal capital territory in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Senator Clifford Ordia, Chairman of the Committee, had presented the report of his panel.

The loan, according to Mr Ordia, was to finance priority projects of the federal government and projects to support the state governments.

It is to be sourced from multilateral and bilateral institutions, including the World Bank, Export-Import Bank of Brazil, and Deutsche Bank of Germany.

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