FG Says It Needs $22.8bn China Loan To Boost Infrastructure And Economy In Nigeria

February 5, 2020
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Federal Government has says it needs a $22.8 billionn loan from China to enhance the economy and boost infrastructural development.

Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, stated this while defending the decision to borrow in order to fund critical infrastructure across the country at the Nigerian Senate.

She said, “The funds ($22.8bn) will be channelled to the funding of infrastructure, which will enhance the productivity of our economy.

“Other projects are in healthcare and education. It also includes projects for the rehabilitation of the North- East geopolitical zone, which has been ravaged by insurgency.

“Others are the Mambila Hydro Power project ($4.9bn), LagosKano modernisation rail project ($4.1bn), the Development Finance project loan being provided by a consortium of World Bank and African Development Bank agencies ($1.28bn).

“Above all, the loan will help us to improve our electricity supply, reduce poverty, create jobs, ensure access to finance, agricultural productivity, guarantee food security, achieve high school enrollment, provide clean potable water, rehabilitate major roads and develop the mining industry.”

This is despite report from the Debt Management Office that Nigeria’s Total Public Debt Portfolio as at June 30 stood at $83.88 billion (N25.7 trillion).

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