Senate Approves Tinubu’s Request For $500m Loan


The Senate has approved President Bola Tinubu ‘s loan request of $500,000,000 for the Bureau of Public Enterprises, BPE for the metering of citizens to improve financial and technical performance of Electricity distributions companies.

The approval yesterday was sequel to the consideration of the report of the Senator Aliyu Wammako, APC, Sokoto North led Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts 2022 – 2024 External Borrowing (Rolling) Plan for the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE).

Presenting the report, Vice Chairman of the Committee, Senator Haruna Manu, PDP Taraba Central said that the Senate do receive and consider the report of the of the Committee on Local and Foreign Debts on the 2022 – 2024 External Borrowing (Rolling) Plan for the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE).

He said, “That the Senate do approve the sum of $500,000,000 (Five Hundred Million United States Dollars) in the ongoing negotiation of External Borrowing for Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE).

The $500 million loan is part of the $7.94 billion loan which President Bola Tinubu sought the Senate’s approval for on November 1st 2023 under the 2022-2024 external borrowing plan. The President also sought approval for €100 million.

However, the Senate gave the approval to borrow $7.4 billion approved during its special plenary December 30 after considering the report of the Committee on local and foreign debt.

Manu reiterated that the terms and conditions under which the loan was brought will not in any manner compromise the sustainability of Nigeria’s economic growth or hinder the integrity and independence of Nigeria as a sovereign nation.

Presenting the report, Manu said that “The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria will recall that at the Plenary on November 1st 2023 a communication from Mr. President requesting for the approval of Federal Government 2022 – 2024 External Borrowing Plan was read.

“The External Borrowing (Rolling) Plan contain a request for approval of $7,944,508,559.00 and Euro 100,000.000 as grant component.

“The communication and the attached scheduled was referred to the Committee on Local and Foreign Debt for further legislative action.

“A report (No.1) of this Committee recommending the approval of $7,444,508,559.00 and £100,000,000.00 out of the proposed total facility of $7,944,508,559.00 was laid before the Senate and was considered on 30th December, 2023.

“The Committee deferred consideration on the proposed project and amount for Bureau of Public Enterprises due to the agency’s failure to appear before the committee to defend the proposed project for their agency as captured in the External Borrowing Plan.

“Following the resumption of the Committee’s consideration of the outstanding request, and after legislative interactions, deliberations, and due diligences, the committee hereby submit its report and sought for the approval of the recommendation therein.

“The request of Mr. President is in compliance with the provisions of the Debt Management Office (Establishment) Act 2003 (DMO) and the Fiscal Responsibility Act 2007 (FRA) which both enjoin the President to seek and obtain the approval of the National Assembly in respect and also obligates the National Assembly to decide on the request by a resolution.

“The provisions of the above statutes together with the revised guidelines for External and Domestic Borrowing issued by the DMO pursuant to its powers under the DMO

Act, requires that all Tiers of Government of the Federation shall borrow only under the following conditions: Shall specify the purpose for which the borrowing is intended which shall only be for long term Capital Expenditure and Human Capital Development. Such borrowing shall be on concessional terms with low interest rate and with a reasonably long amortization period. Shall present a cost benefit analysis detailing the economic and social benefit of the purpose for which the intended borrowing will be applied.

“Shall provide satisfactory proof of the existence of prior authorization in the Appropriation Law for the purpose for which the borrowing is to be utilized. Such borrowing shall have the Approval of the relevant Executive Council.

Such borrowing shall be approved by a Resolution of the relevant Legislative Assembly.

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