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Gbajabiamila says exclusion of South-East region in the FG $22.7 billion loan request hindering House approval

Femi Gbajabiamila

Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the National House of Representatives, has revealed that the exclusion of South-East in the $22.7billion loan the Federal Government is requesting approval is part of the reason why the House suspended consideration of the loan.

“I know there has been a lot of agitation about South-East not benefiting from the loan. It is one of the reasons we haven’t considered the loan in the House. I’ve discussed with the finance minister and the DG budget,” the Speaker said while speaking in Abuja during an interactive session with Leaders of Faith Forum from the South-South and South-East region.

The Senate had since approved the loan despite bipartisan agitation calling for proper debate before approval of the huge loan.

Responding to the position of the Leaders of Faith Forum for the rejection of the loan request, Gbajabiamila said; “you said there is no need for the loan at this time, but that itself is debatable. If the government believes that there’s need for the loan, I think we should support that, because they know as they’re the ones that see what is needed and what is not needed.

“What I think for me is more important is the equity of the law and whether or not we’re able to distribute these things fairly considering the very nature of the structure of our country.

Speaking further on the exclusion of the South-East region, the Speaker said; “It’s a matter that we’re looking at seriously. I’m hoping that there will be some kind of amicable resolution so that everybody will be carried along. Equity suggests that all zones must be carried along.

“With the quality of members that you have and the generality of the House, we’ll work towards a fair resolution of the issue so that it leads to something that will bring us together and unite us as a country.”

Gbajabiamila further urged the religious leaders to always pray for Nigerian leaders, saying that leaders in the country need prayers all the time to succeed.

“I want to say that please do not forget us in your prayers. We should never cease in prayers. For those of us who are in the eye of the storm in government, we will really love that. Keep us in your prayers.

“We can have continuous engagements. This is the first, but hopefully not the last. I like the fact that you’re involved in issues of politics and governance. From time to time, you need to borrow us your wisdom and knowledge in those areas,” he said.

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