FG Seeks NASS approval to borrow $29.9b

The Federal Government has forwarded a letter to the National Assembly seeking approval to borrow externally $29.9 billion as part of measures to ensure the prompt implementation of projects.
In a letter addressed to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, President Muhamadu Buhari explained that the projects cut across agriculture, health, education, and water supply.
 Buhari said in a letter read by Speaker of the House of Representative, Dogara said: “Considering the huge infrastructural deficit currently being experienced in the country and the enormous financial resources required to fill the gap in the face of dwindling resources and the inability of our annual budget to bridge the infrastructure deficit, it has become necessary to resort to prudent external borrowing to bridge the financial gap which will largely be applied to key infrastructure projects namely power, railway and road project amongst others.
“The total cost of the projects and programmes under the borrowing plan is 29.96 billion US dollars, made up of proposed projects and programmes loans of 11.274 billion US dollars, special national infrastructure projects of 10.686 billion US dollars, Eurobonds of 4.5 billion US dollars and federal government budget support of 3.5 billion US dollars.”