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Ndume says foreign loans not meant for salaries, overhead
 
From: 'Tunde Babalola
Mon, 14 Jun 2021   ||   Nigeria, Abuja
 

Monday, 14th June 2021: The Chairman, Senate Committee on the Army, Senator Ali Ndume, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration against spending foreign loans which the nation is getting from international lending agencies on recurrent expenditure like salaries and overhead.

The former senate leader, who is representing Borno South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, gave the advice in a statement he personally signed on Sunday on the Democracy Day anniversary.

The country’s current debt profile, according to the Debt Management Office, hit N33.10trn as of the end of the first quarter of 2021.

This represents an increase of N191bn compared to the N32.91trn recorded in December 2020.

Ndume said there was nothing wrong with a country taking foreign loans, but that such should be spent to boost agriculture and the revival of moribund industries.

He said the loans meant to provide infrastructure should be obtained from international lending agencies with favourable conditions.

According to him, government should ensure that such infrastructure generates revenue through toll plazas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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