APC stalwart tackles Senator Umaru over opposition to Sukuk bond
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.
Surveyor-General of the Federation, Surveyor Ebisintei Awudu (R), receives an award from DG NCAT, Captain Abdusalami Mohammed in Abuja recently.