By Henry Umoru, Assistant Political Editor
THE Senate, on Thursday, under a tense atmosphere, approved the 2016-2018 External Borrowing Plan to the tune of $22.7 billion as requested by President Muhammadu Buhari to be spent by the Federal Government on key infrastructural projects.
Prior to the approval, it was very clear that some senators, especially those in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, were not comfortable with the approval as exemplified by the Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, PDP, Abia South, who vehemently kicked against the process and procedures the President of the Senate, Senator Ahmed Lawan, wanted the lawmakers to follow.
The issue was that while Lawan preferred that the matter be treated by voting according to the recommendation of Senator Clifford Ordia (PDP, Edo Central) Committee on Local and Foreign Debts, many senators wanted all issues raised in the loan request considered and debated in detail to allow Nigerians know why the…
Source: Vanguard Newspaper