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Anambra Assembly approve N100bn loan to governor Soludo

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Anambra Assembly approve N100bn loan to governor Soludo

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The Anambra State House of Assembly has approved the N100bn loan, which the state governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo requested from the lawmakers last week for infrastructure development in the state.

The approval followed the consideration and adoption of the report of the house committee on public accounts during the plenary in Awka on Thursday.

Soludo had, on July 5, written to the Assembly, seeking approval to secure a N100 billion global limit multiple term loan facility from the Central Bank Nigeria (CBN) for the construction and refurbishment of key infrastructure in the state.

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Presenting the report, Mr Somto Udeze, representing Ogbaru constituency ll and chairman of the committee said the commissioners for finance and economic planning and budget were invited for interaction on the terms of the loan facilities.

Udeze said that the discussion was to ascertain the terms of the loan, monthly deductions, duration of the loan, the interest rate, project specifications and the current debt profile of the state.

He said that the committee was satisfied with the answers provided by the commissioners.

Udeze said, “We observed that the N100bn loan was strictly for the construction of roads, bridges and flyovers across the state.

“It was also observed that the current debt profile of the state at about N107 billion can still accommodate more of such loans considering the expected outcome and impact on the residents of the state.

“However, we recommended that the commissioners should provide the list of the proposed project descriptions and expected cost of each project for ease of oversight function subsequently; and that was done.

The lawmakers, however lamented that not all the 30 constituencies in the state were captured in the proposed infrastructure upgrade. The speaker of the house, Hon. Uche Okafor commended the committee for thorough scrutiny of the loan request and conducted a voice vote for the adoption of the report. The house granted the governor’s request in a unanimous resolution.

Also at the plenary, the House passed a bill to establish the system of criminal justice administration in Anambra and to provide for related matters. The bill titled, ‘Administration of Criminal Justice Bill 2022, Repeal and Re-enactment,’ was read for the third time and subsequently passed during plenary.

The Speaker, directed the acting clerk of the house, Esther Anetoh, to send a clean copy of the bill to the state governor for his assent. The House adjourned sitting to July 26, 2022.

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