Senate Investigates Kogi Over 'Illegal Procurement' Of N180bn Loan
Nigerian Senate

The Nigerian Senate has resolved to investigate Kogi State government on the allegation of borrowed $500 million (180 billion) from the United Arab Emirates without the required constitutional authorisation from the upper chamber.

The upper legislative chamber made the resolution on Wednesday, mandating its committee on Local and Foreign Debts to probe the allegation and establish the approach used to access the loan and report back to the Senate.

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These resolutions followed an adopted motion sponsored by Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West.

In his lead debate, Melaye pointed out that the state was already indebted to a whopping sum of N40 billion.

The Kogi West lawmaker, who rose under orders 42 and 52, added that the alleged loan under investigation was christened Loan of Debt Refinancing, ostensibly to avoid the state government from approaching the National Assembly for approval.

Melaye said the loan would be used to fund the 2019 Kogi State and Presidential elections.

In his words, “What it means is that the Government is borrowing to pay borrowed money.”

In his contribution, Senator Atayi Idoko said it was unacceptable for the people of the state to accept an illegal borrowing and that is unacceptable for the Senate to allow the alleged borrowing.

Senator Idoko also regretted that there were no capital projects going on in the State besides lingering unpaid salaries by the state.

In reaction, Senate President Bukola Saraki hit the gavel in affirmation of the majority resolution and accordingly assigned the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts to investigate and establish if the loan has been taken.