Senators from Kaduna state have accused the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, of using private companies to procure foreign loans. You will recall that the Kaduna senators had blocked a $350 million loan from the World Bank requested by the state government. Senator Shehu Sani, senator representing Kaduna central, had said that the loan would further erode the economic viability of the state. Following the blockage, the governor described the lawmakers as the enemies of democracy.
However in a statement on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, Senator Sani, Senator Sulieman Hunkuyi, senator representing Kaduna north, and Senator Danjuma La’ah, senator representing Kaduna south, described the alleged move by the state government as “reckless”. According to them, if the governor obtained the loan, it would be to the detriment of the state. “The committee on foreign and local loans/debts of the senate is not unaware of efforts by the Kaduna state government to negotiate with some finance houses to procure huge foreign loans to the detriment of Kaduna state government”. “Such efforts being made through private finance management companies may have to do with the failure of the state government to secure the disapproved $350million earlier this year through the senate.
“The general public is to note, the extent of desperation the state chief executive went to town on personalising the official disapproval of the earlier loan request, which was officially reported by the senate and backed by the DMO official reports. “The desperation of the state government has now reached an epoch reckless dimension as to use private finance companies (home and abroad) to negotiate and procure similar facilities through other mediums, alternatively circumventing the senate. “It is imperative to mention here that Kaduna state solvency in collecting such loans and obviously and objectively are incapable of carrying such huge debt burden. “The moral causes of a government few months from elections, with no clear identity of requisite public supports and sympathy to be reelected aside. “The recklessness with which these loans are being heaped on Kaduna state government from many commercial banks in such huge sums calls for caution”. The senators asked financial institutions not to grant the state any loan.