Lagos state- The Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday, December 23, approved a request by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for a loan of N18,225,336,103.89 billion from the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget, and National Planning.
The loan is meant to ensure speedy completion of projects like the Lekki-Epe Expressway.
The approval was granted at a sitting presided over by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Obasa, after which a report on the loan request was laid and presented by the chairman of the House Committee on Finance, Hon. Rotimi Olowo.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by Eromosele Ebhomele, Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly and received by Legit.ng on Friday, December 24.
Details of the loan
Giving further information on the report, Hon. Olowo told his colleagues that the loan facility comes with an interest rate of five percent in the first two years and nine percent in subsequent years, with a two-year moratorium.
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Many of the lawmakers who contributed to the debate supported that the facility is approved as it would further help the state sustain its mega-city status.
They commended the state government for its proactiveness, saying that the loan will bring immense infrastructural benefits to Lagos.
They further said that the loan was favourable considering the conditions that come with it.
Hon. Setonji David position
In his contribution, the chairman of the House Committee on Information, Hon. Setonji David noted that the loan has a single-digit interest rate with a repayment period of 30 years.
He said the project for which the loan was being sought would drive sustainable economic growth and development in the State.
The speaker of the House remarks
Speaker Obasa, after a voice vote of the lawmakers in support of the approval, directed the Acting Clerk of the House, Mr. Olalekan Onafeko, to send a clean copy of the approval to the Governor.
Meanwhile, Speaker Obasa has described Nigeria as a blessed nation loved by God in a message released by his media office in commemoration of the 2021 Christmas celebration.
Dr. Obasa urged Christians and other Nigerians to continue to replicate this love from God in their daily activities as love is what the country needs at this phase of its journey to greatness.
His Christmas message to Nigerians
The Speaker said:
"Jesus Christ, the celebrated face of the Christians around the world, preached and taught love as one of the greatest commandments from God.
"If we think deeply, we will understand that love is an ultimate solution to the many challenges facing mankind.
"All the commandments that God handed man can be summarised into the need to love Him and love our neighbours.
"There is, therefore, no gainsaying that if we maintain our resolve, individually and collectively, to love one another as emphasised by Jesus, the world would be a better place."
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While urging Christians not to relent in their prayers for Nigeria, he advised Lagosians and other citizens of the country to ensure a peaceful celebration, remain conscious of their environment and continue to adhere to COVID-19 rules.
Senate President gives appropriation committee ultimatum on budget defence
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that the Senate committee on appropriation has been given a deadline to conclude all processes of budget defence by Wednesday, November 24.
The deadline was handed to the committee by the Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, on Tuesday, November 23.
A statement signed by Ezrel Tabiowo, the special assistant to the Senate president on media and received by Legit.ng said Lawan reeled out how important it is for the subcommittees of the Senate to round up with the budget defence.