Northern governors flay senator over comments on loans from Islamic Bank

 By Baba Kura Mallam, Maiduguri 

 

Chairman of the Governors Forum in the 19 states making up the Northern region of the country, Governor Kashim Shettima has faulted the remarks of the Senate Vice Chairman, Committee on Foreign and Domestic Debts,

Senator Shehu Sani on the proposed loans from Islamic Development Bank to the states.

 

Reacting to the claims by Sani that the move is illegal, Shetima stated that Sani’s comments “was purely based on lack of the slightest knowledge about the issue.

 

Shettima in a statement said “Unlike what the very respectable Senator thinks, the IDB trip itself was not just done with the consent and approval of the Federal Ministry of Finance but rather, it was even the Federal Ministry of Finance that facilitated the trip and they had a representative as part of the delegation.”

 

Speaking through his Media aide, Malam Isa Gusau, Shettima in the statement said, “Governors of the northern states cannot just jet out to Saudi Arabia to solicit or collect loans without following the due process of the law and the law further states that state governments and their agencies wishing to obtain external loans shall obtain federal government’s approval in principle from the Federal Ministry of Finance.””

 

In response, the Northern Governors said the Senator would perhaps have avoided an unnecessary friction with the forum if he had sorted information from the Federal Ministry of Finance or the forum.

 

“The Northern States Governors’ Forum has the highest regard for the institution of the Senate and its 109 Senators. It is therefore, not the intention of the forum to join issues with one of its very own, the scholarly Comrade, Senator Shehu Sani, vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign and Domestic Debts.” He said.

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