Plateau House of Assembly is investigating the N10 billion loan facility being sought by the state government.
This development is coming days after proposal for the loan was sent to the House by Governor Simon Lalong.
According to reports, the permanent secretary, Ministry of Finance, Mrs. Rautha Dakok and the state’s Accountant-General have been invited to shed more light on the request for the facility and to explain how the said loan if accessed would be used for development projects in the state.
Deputy speaker of the Assembly, Mr Yusuf Gagdi said the Assembly had recently approved a loan of N4.5 billion for the state government, adding that there was nothing meaningful on ground to show how the loan was utilised.
He stated that granting approval for the loan would further mortgage the future of the state and its people.
“We as legislators must operate as a people-oriented Assembly; the one that will make good laws that will better the lives of the people.
“Recently, we granted approval for government to collect a loan of N9.8 billion to offset the backlog of salary areas; but we agreed that it was only N4.5 billion that was accessed.
“The Federal Government also released N5.3 billion as bailout funds to the state to offset salary areas.
“This is a state that commissioners and other government functionaries are yet to be appointed and salaries were not paid; where then are these monies taken to?’’ he asked.
A member representing Mangu North East constituency, Mr Abdul Yanga opined that the Assembly was not rejecting the collection of the loan, but that it needed more explanations.
“If we must approve the collection of this loan, government must accompany this proposal with a clear blueprint on the projects it will be used for.We are representatives of the people, and so we must make laws that will be in the best interest of the people; anything short of that will be antagonistic,’’ he said.
Corroborating him, another member representing Rukuba/Irigwe Constituency, Mr Simon Kudu, wondered what the government was doing with its monthly subvention that it had to always fall back to collecting loans.

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