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$5.5bn Loan: Heed World Bank’s Warning, PDP Cautions APC



by Chibuzo Ukaibe, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday asked the federal government to heed the caution of the World Bank over plans to borrow $5.5bn loan.

The party further urged the National Assembly to consider the plight of our unborn children and reject the request for the $5.5 billion loan by the administration.

A statement by national publicity secretary, PDP, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, said the government owes the unborn children the duty not to cripple them before they are born.

The party in statement said it “wishes to draw the attention of all Nigerians to the warning by the World Bank on the danger inherent in the continued unbridled borrowing by the President Muhammadu Buhari led Government under the guise of funding National expenditures instead of looking inwards and developing the Nation’s resources for a sustainable revenue flow.

“As a Political Party that was in power for 16 years; that worked assiduously to take the Nation out of debt, we are appalled at the rate the Government of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been stacking debt for the future generations without any corresponding infrastructural development in the Country to justify the Huge Borrowing.

“We wish toΩremind Nigerians that as a Party with foresight, we raised the alarm against the plan by President Muhammadu Buhari led Government to borrow another $5.5 billion for another bogus infrastructural developmental projects, but the Government considered our patriotic complaints as mere politicking.

“Not minding the Genuineness of our advice to the Government, the Minister for Finance, Kemi Adeosun speaking for President Buhari’s Administration, insisted that the Government must, and will continue to borrow before it could fund projects listed in the budget.

“However, our altruistic position on the evil of unbridled borrowing by the government has been confirmed by the World Bank which has issued a caveat to the Government of the APC, not to borrow and plunge the Future of this Country into uncertainty.

“Issuing the warning through its Senior Economist, Mrs Gloria Joseph-Raji on Monday in Abuja, the World Bank stated clearly that the Cost of borrowing or paying interest on Nigeria’s debt was not sustainable as revenues to make such payment had dried up.

“The World Bank stated unequivocally that the Country’s Debt to revenue ratio which stood at 35 per cent in 2015 has grown to 60 per cent by 2016, reflecting a reduction in government revenues and rising debt profile; thereby raising a question about the debt sustainability.

“What more can we say? We knew the Situation was bleak under this APC Administration and we made our worries public, but the nonchalant APC Government has refused to see the danger ahead.

“We wish to refer all Nigerians to the Debt Profile of the Nation under the President Buhari Administration which has just been released. We are sure that nobody will agree that the Government should borrow a kobo anymore in the Name of Funding the Nation’s Budget.
“In the light of this, we wish to reiterate our call and plea on the National Assembly to consider the plight of our unborn children and reject the request for the $5.5 billion loan by the administration.”

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