‘13 states may be de­nied World Bank loan if Kaduna’s ap­proval is re­jected’

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Sax­one Akhaine, Kaduna

KADUNA State Gover­nor Nasir el-ru­fai has said that if the state is de­nied the $350 mil­lion World Bank loan turned down by the Sen­ate, 13 other states whose for­eign loans had been ap­proved may stand the risk of los­ing the as­sis­tance. El-ru­fai, who gave the warn­ing at the Nige­rian Bar As­so­ci­a­tion (NBA) Kaduna Branch law week, rep­re­sented by his deputy Mr. Barn­abas Bala Ban­tex, ap­pealed to the lawyers to in­ter­vene in the cri­sis be­tween Kaduna Gov­ern­ment and the three se­na­tors rep­re­sent­ing the state at the Na­tional Assem­bly in fa­cil­i­tat­ing the ap­proval of the for­eign loan for the de­vel­op­men­tal ac­tiv­i­ties in the state. He said: “There are in­stances in pol­i­tics that peo­ple ap­pear to think that the welfare of the peo­ple can be politi­cised. I would like to re­quest that you make Nige­ria to un­der­stand that we have a lot of is­sues that are inimical to peace.

“The World Bank de­cided to sup­port the gov­ern­ments in dare need of de­vel­op­ment in their states. And we along with 13 other states in Nige­ria ap­plied for sup­port; un­for­tu­nately, we are the only state that met all the World Bank’s con­di­tions, but pol­i­tics came in within the line. All other states were granted the loans and we were not granted.

“Now, luck­ily for us, the World Bank is say­ing that in view of the fact that most of the other states came to Kaduna State to pick on the model that would qual­ify them for the same loan, they are not go­ing to give the loan to any state if Kaduna State is not granted the loan.”

He, there­fore, ap­pealed to the NBA to act as a pres­sure group against the stance of the Sen­ate in re­ject­ing the loan, not­ing that “pol­i­tics has be­come inimical to progress and the gov­ern­ment may not tell you this but we want to tell you to dis­tin­guish be­tween pol­i­tics and the welfare of our peo­ple.”

The gover­nor, who fur­ther ap­pealed to the NBA to act as a pres­sure group against the stance of the Sen­ate in re­ject­ing the loan, noted: “Pol­i­tics has be­come inimical to progress and the gov­ern­ment may not tell you this but we want to tell you to dis­tin­guish be­tween pol­i­tics and the welfare of our peo­ple, se­cure them and en­sure their well-be­ing.

“It is not out of or­der hav­ing care­fully lis­tened to the po­si­tion of our se­na­tors and hav­ing also lis­tened to our po­si­tion as ex­ec­u­tive to en­sure that the voice of rea­son pre­vails.

“The World Bank is now bored down with a moral con­science on the is­sue. How do we deal with not giv­ing out the loans for which a state gov­ern­ment has fully qual­i­fied to be granted? We are qual­i­fied, that is now the moral is­sue be­fore the World Bank.”

Mean­while, the key­note speaker at the oc­ca­sion, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), urged Nige­ri­ans to be more proac­tive with the fight against the ills in the na­tion.

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