APC stal­wart tack­les Se­na­tor Umaru over op­po­si­tion to Sukuk bond

Weekly Trust - - News - Ahmed Tahir Ajobe, Minna

All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) stal­wart in Niger State, Al­haji Ab­dulka­dir Shehu Na-Fun­tua has faulted the stand of the Se­na­tor David Umaru on the in­ten­tion of Gov­er­nor Abubakar Sani Bel­loled ad­min­is­tra­tion to ac­cess Sukuk bond and other fa­cil­i­ties for in­fras­truc­tural de­vel­op­ment across the state.

The state ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil had within the last three weeks sep­a­rately ap­proved pro­pos­als to ac­cess three loans which in­clude N21.5 Sukuk bond; $266 mil­lion from Is­lamic De­vel­op­ment Bank and $330 mil­lion from Kuwait Fund for Arab De­vel­op­ment for in­fras­truc­tural de­vel­op­ment.

How­ever, the se­na­tor rep­re­sent­ing Niger East, Bar­ris­ter David Umaru at a press brief­ing re­cently con­demned the move, de­scrib­ing the ges­ture as a cal­cu­lated at­tempt to fur­ther im­pov­er­ish Niger­lites.

But Al­haji Na-Fun­tua yes­ter­day averred that the Se­na­tor’s stand on the ges­ture was self-serv­ing and anti-peo­ple.

The APC stal­wart won­dered why as a peo­ple’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive, the Se­na­tor would seek to un­der­mine gov­ern­ment’s ef­fort aimed at pro­vid­ing the much needed div­i­dends of democ­racy to the peo­ple. He ob­served that gov­ern­ments all over the world have pushed in­fras­truc­ture im­prove­ment to the very top of the strate­gic agenda, adding that due to global fi­nan­cial cri­sis, there was ur­gent need to look out for new sources of funds to help nar­row the gap.

Na-Fun­tua ac­cused the se­na­tor of at­tempt­ing to whip up sen­ti­ments by al­leg­ing that the projects pro­posed to be car­ried out with the fa­cil­i­ties were not evenly dis­trib­uted among the three zones of the state, say­ing that for the first time, there is equity and fair­ness in project dis­tri­bu­tion across the state. He won­dered where the se­na­tor was when most of the projects ex­e­cuted by the last bond taken by ex-gov­er­nor Mu’azu Babaginda Aliyu were sited in the se­na­tor’s zone.

PHOTO: Sur­veyor-Gen­eral’s Of­fice

Sur­veyor-Gen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion, Sur­veyor Ebis­in­tei Awudu (R), re­ceives an award from DG NCAT, Cap­tain Ab­dusalami Mo­hammed in Abuja re­cently.

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