- Governor Nasir El-Rufai accuses three senators from Kaduna state of playing politics with the state's $350 million World Bank loan request
- He says politics should be separated from a need to develop the state
Governor Nasir El-Rufai has said that no state in the country would be able to access loans from World Bank loan if Kaduna state was denied access to such facility by National Assembly.
Vanguard reports that El-Rufai made the disclosure at the maiden edition of Barnawa branch of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) law week on Monday, April 16.
The governor said he had gotten assurances from the World Bank that if Kaduna, which met 90% requirement to access the facility was denied by National Assembly, then no other state would be considered.
He accused three senators from the state of playing politics with the Kaduna state $350 million World Bank loan request.
“When we applied for the loan, some people brought politics into it; but the World Bank is saying that Kaduna state has met 90 percent of the loan requirement and, therefore, it would not give the loan to any state that applied, if Kaduna State is not given.
“What we are saying is that we should separate politics from the need to develop our state as quickly as possible," El-Rufai who was represented by his deputy, Bala Bantex said.
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Meanwhile, members of the House of Representatives from Kaduna state have faulted the Nigerian Senate for declining to approve the $350m World Bank loan facility being sought by the state government.
Channels TV reports that lawmakers who cut across the APC and PDP said they backed the loan plan of the Nasir El-Rufai administration because they believe it will boost infrastructural development in the state.
The lawmakers alleged that the Senate’s rejection of the loan was political and said the three senators from the state who are supposed to put the interest of the people above their personal interests were abusing their powers.
But the chairman of the Senate committee on local and foreign debt, Senator Shehu Sani, fired back at the Kaduna House of Representatives members, insisting that no amount of blackmail against him and his colleagues will make them endorse the loan request.
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