The Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign and Domestic Debt, Senator Shehu Sani, has asked the Islamic Development Bank not to release any money to governors of the 19 Northern states stating that such actions contravenes the laws of Nigeria.
Sani accused the governors of flouting the law on external borrowing, insisting that the move is in direct conflict with Nigerian laws.
Senator Sani said the extant laws require any government or agency of government that wants to secure a foreign loan to first secure the support of the Federal Government , adding that the Governors cannot just go to Saudi Arabia to solicit or collect loans without following the due process of law.
“The action of the governors runs contrary to the relevant provisions of the act that clearly and unambiguously rest the exclusive right to borrow externally on the federal government”.
“Governors of the northern states cannot just jet out to Saudi Arabia to solicit or collect loans without following the due process of law. The law further states that state governments and their agencies wishing to obtain external loans shall obtain federal government approval in principle from the federal Ministry of Finance. This is the provisions of paragraph 2:2 (II) of the external borrowing guidelines”.
“In addition to the above, paragraph 2.2 (v) of the same guideline succinctly declares that all external borrowing proposals of the governments and their agencies for the next fiscal year must be submitted not later than 90 days preceding the year to the minister of finance for incorporation into the public sector external borrowing program for the coming year”.
“Paragraph 2:2 (vii) demands that borrowing proposal must be submitted to the federal ministry of finance and the Debt Management office for consideration”.