NASARAWA State House of Assembly has approved request by the state governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, to access over N14billion from the federal government’s loan package to enable the state government address some challenges.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that the loan package under the fiscal budget implementation support plan is aimed at assisting state governments facing financial challenges, especially payment of workers’ salaries.
Speaker of the Assembly, Ibrahim Balarabe-Abdullahi announced the approval of the loan at plenary after a debate on a letter presented to it by majority leader, Umar Tanko Tunga (APC-Awe North), on behalf of the state governor.
The speaker, who commended members of the House for their maturity and understanding in approving the loan request, urged the state government to pay greater attention to payment of workers’ salaries when the fund was finally accessed.
Abdullahi directed the clerk of the Assembly to communicate the resolution of the house to the governor for further necessary action.
Earlier, Tunga said: “I want to present this letter on behalf of Governor Tanko Al-Makura seeking the house to approve N14.1billoin for the state government to access the federal government loan package under the fiscal budget implementation support plan.”
He explained that the fund, if accessed, would enable the state government provide the much needed dividends of democracy to the people of the state.
“You may be aware that the federal government has packaged another trend of bailout to state governments under the fiscal budget implementation support plan so as to enable state governments meet up with the need of their people.
“You may further recall that previous similar initiatives by federal government through the central bank which provided bailout funds to states to meet up certain obligations have yet not achieved the expected results. And this is largely due to the lingering global fall in crude oil prices and the persistent trend has resulted in the continuous fall in the share of states, including Nasarawa State, from the federation account,” Tunga said.
Meanwhile, Governor Al-Makura has advocated for special revenue allocation to states bordering the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, to take care of the influx of people from Abuja residing in the affected states.
The governor, who made the call yesterday while inspecting the Mararaba orange market bridge in Karu Local Government Area of the state, averred that the call had become necessary in view of overbearing effect of the influx on facilities in the affected states.


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