- Suleiman Othman Hunkuyi, the senator representing Kaduna north senatorial district has accused Kaduna governor of misleading the public
- He alleged that Governor El Rufai mislead the people over the loan request of $350 million
- Hunkuyi claimed the loan was rejected in the interest of the state and its people
The rejected $350 million loan request of Governor Nasir El-Rufai at the national assembly has continued to generate controversies as Suleiman Othman Hunkuyi ,the senator representing Kaduna north senatorial zone in the Senate accused the Kaduna governor of misleading the people in the state about the loan request.
The state had sometime in 2017 applied for a loan of $350 million which was denied approval at the Senate after the three senators from the state opposed, the Sun reports.
Making clarification during an interview in Kaduna, the lawmaker gave reasons why the loan request was rejected at the National Assembly. He claimed that it was rejected in the interest of the state and its people.
“It is very clear that we have been vindicated. From 1959 to date, the debt profile of Kaduna state stands at $231 million.
“Why should one government take a loan of $350 million at one jumbo go in the year of election that nobody unless God is sure whether that government will succeed itself or other government will succeed it.
“Second, the debt management office has indicated that, taking $350 million loan with a five years grace period to be paid in 25 years will mean a burden Kaduna state may not be able to carry because its excruciating; $231 million plus another $350 million to be serviced.
“Third, we have said it that, why lie to Nigerians on an issue like that. You, Kaduna APC members and I are witnesses that this government has proved to us that, the loan profile will be paid in 50 years. Why did he lie to the people and painting the senators black?
“Four, just this past Friday, Nasir, in his anger, has pronounced and indicated that, the loan will be used for completion of roads, schools and other infrastructures which is not true.
“I have full access to Kaduna loan document and I am speaking as responsible representative of my people.
“Access to the document indicated that, there is no such things like roads, schools and other infrastructures for the purpose of the loan.
“The loan was signed by the minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, on behalf of the federal and Kaduna state governments on the September, 29. Again, why lie to us?
“Most of the loan will be spent on three main areas. Surprisingly but not accidentally, those areas are all pointing to the governor’s office: that is, former Kaduna internal revenue service, an office under the ministry of Finance almost since inception of the state.
“But it has been removed from that ministry and they now report directly to governor’s office where the chunk of the money will be spent.
“Also, between Kaduna state Geographical Information Service (KADGIS) and the Board of Internal Revenue Service like I said have been transfered to governor’s office – in the name of boosting internally generated revenue (IGR). I am not against boosting IGR but again, why lie?” he asked.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, on Friday, May 4, said the three senators representing his state are ignorant of the real indices of development and progress in a democratic setting, describing the lawmakers as the enemies of democracy.
NAIJ.com gathered that the governor said this at the Kaduna Township Stadium, weeks after the senators — Shehu Sani (Kaduna central), Sulieman Hukunyi (Kaduna north), and Danjuma Leah (Kaduna south) blocked a $350 million loan request by the Kaduna government.
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