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National Assembly Fails to accommodate South East in $22.7B loan despite Protest


Both Senate and House of Representatives finally concurred to the passage of $22.7 billion loan as the South East Region was excluded .

The South East Lawmakers had Protested against the failure to accommodate the South East region in the $22.7 billion loan.

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan and Speaker of House of Representatives had assured the region of accommodation in the loan.

But, as the House of Representatives concurred with the Senate on the loan yesterday , the South East region has been excluded from the loan.

A member of the house of representatives,Toby Okechukwu after the passage of the loan tackled President Muhammadu Buhari over the skewed implementation plan for the $22.7bn loan approved by

approved by the national assembly.

Addressing journalists , Okechukwu, who represents Aninri/Agwu/Oji-uzo federal constituency in Enugu state, accused the president of sidelining the south-east in the plan.

He said the region has always come last in the president’s priorities on budgetary allocations, adding that the approval for the loan “does not meet the expectations of our people”.

He said, “Because, first and foremost, there are certain strategic projects that ought to be there. First, the western corridor rail line which goes from Lagos to Kano and the eastern corridor rail line that goes from Port Harcourt through Enugu to Makurdi, Plateau down to Maiduguri.

“They were established the same day, there were commenced the same day. So, to take one in exclusion of the other is not appropriate.

“Secondly, it is an infrastructure sufficient to give impetus to the eastern corridor passing through south-south, south-east, north-central and north-east.

“And if you check all these areas, what you’ll see is that we have trouble ranging from Boko Haram to agitations to militancy; we have challenges in these areas and when you don’t undertake economic activities that will improve it, you are not helping.”

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