Tinubu Asks NASS To Approve $8.6bn, €100m In FG’s Borrowing Plan

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Tuesday transmitted the 2022-2024 external borrowing plan to the National Assembly.

In the borrowing plan, the President is seeking approval of the legislature to borrow the sums of $8,699,168,559 and €100,000,000

Tinubu’s request was read on the floor of the lower legislative chamber by Tajudeen Abbas, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The plan also includes $1 billion from the African Development Bank (AfDB) and $1.5 billion from the World Bank group.

According to Tinubu, the 2022-2024 external borrowing plan was approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on May 15, under former President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government.

He said the projects in the borrowing plan cut across all sectors with “specific emphasis on infrastructure, agriculture, health, education, water supply, growth, security and employment generation, as well as financial management reforms, among others.”

“Following the removal of the fuel subsidy and its attendant impact on our economy, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the World Bank Group (WBG) have indicated interest in assisting the country to mitigate the impact with the sum of USD billion and USD 1.5 billion, respectively, in addition to the FEC approved 2022-2024 external abridged borrowing (rolling) plan.

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“Consequently, the required approval is in the sum of USD8,699,168,559.00 and Euro 100,000,000.00. I would like to underscore the fact that the projects and programmes in the borrowing plan were selected based on positive technical economic evaluations as well as the expected contribution to the socio-economic development of the country, including employment generation, skills acquisition, support towards the emergence of more entrepreneurs, poverty reduction and food security to improve the livelihood in all 36 states of the federation and federal capital territory.

“Considering the huge infrastructure deficit in the country and the enormous financial resources required to fill the gap in funding infrastructure in the face of dwindling financial resources, it has become imperative that we resort to prudent external borrowing to bridge the financial gap which will largely be applied to key infrastructure projects including power, railway health, among others.

“Given the nature of these facilities and the need to return the country to normalcy, it has become necessary to request the house of representatives to consider and approve the 2022-2024 External abridged borrowing (rolling) plan to enable the government to deliver its responsibility to Nigerians through expeditious disbursement and efficient Project Implementation,” the letter read.

He further urged the lawmakers to give his request an “expeditious consideration and passage.”