Zamfara Assembly grants state govt’s request to borrow N1.5bn

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Zamfara House of Assembly

THE Zamfara House of Assembly has granted the state government’s request to borrow N1,51 billion from Zenith Bank as its counterpart fund for 2020 Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) projects in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the assembly gave the approval during its plenary on Thursday.

Alhaji Faruku Dosara, the Majority Leader of the Assembly, raised the motion to grant the request, noting that the loan needed urgent approval for SUBEB to commence its 2020 intervention projects.

According to him, the amount represents 50 percent counterpart funding for the whole project with 24 months tenure repayment obligation of N73,247,066.38 monthly.

He said that the government would pay 15 percent interest on the loan. Seconding the motion, the Chairman House Committee on Education, Yusuf Kanoma, urged members to approve the loan considering the impact it would have on the education sector of the state.

The Speaker of the Assembly, Alhaji Nasiru Magarya, announced the approval after members unanimously granted the loan request through voice vote.

Meanwhile, the Assembly has commenced deliberation on two executive bills. One of the bills is to repeal the Zamfara State Accelerated Cotton Development Agency Law, to be replaced with the Directorate of Accelerated Cotton Development Law 2020.

The other is a bill for a law to provide for the Establishment and Management of Zamfara State Directorate for Higher Education 2020.

NAN reports that the two bills passed through the first reading during the plenary on Thursday. (NAN)

– Jun. 25, 2020 @ 14:55 GMT |

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