Senator Olamilekan Adeola, Chairman, Sanate Committee on Finance has on Thusday in Lagos spoken against public concerns as regards the ongoing heated controversy surrounding the purported plan by the Federal Government to borrow a whooping sum of $30bn as loan.
Senator Adeola said that the loan was a necessary step to catalyse development. ‘$30bn loan request necessary’
He made the statement in Lagos while speaking with newsmen at the End of the-Year get-together he organised for residents of his Lagos West Senatorial constituency.
The senator, however, doused concerns raised by members of the public, adding that there is no need for doubt because the facility was needed to promote the economy
Adeola said that the loan was necessary to fund many ambitious on-going projects across the country, which would impact greatly on the economy and lives of Nigerians when completed.
”The 30 billion dollar loan the Federal Government is sourcing for is not one of those frivolous loans; this is a loan that is tied to projects.
”This loan is needed to fund landmark and ambitious projects such as the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, the East West Road, the Second Niger Bridge, among others.
”We need a large chunk of money to get all these projects completed . So, it is only if government access this loan that we can give all these great projects the right direction.
”Again, the government needs this loan to execute those projects that would impact and transform the economy and put the country on the path of progress. So, the loan is necessary,” he said. ‘$30bn loan request necessary’
The senator said the country was faced with serious infrastructural deficit that would be substantially reduced with government accessing the loan.
He said the 9th National Assembly was working in tandem with the executive to deliver on all on-going projects across the country.
Adeola said the country’s economy was on the course of progress and it would even get better with the policies of the executive and the interventions of the National Assembly.
He said the return of the budget cycle to January to December would significantly promote the development of the country. ‘$30bn loan request necessary’
”The economy is moving in the right direction; the economy is blossoming. We in the ninth assembly just succeeded in returning the budget cycle to January to December, and with this, we have ensured all that needs to be done in a calendar year can be achieved.
”There is no more haphazard budget implementation; we now have a full year budget implementation which runs from January to December,” he said.