The Kaduna State House of Assembly said on Tuesday it had sought the support and approval of the Senate to enable the state government to access $350m loan.
The Chairman, House Committee on Finance, Alhaji Bello Sani-Gimi, said, “Last week, during a retreat to discuss the 2018 Budget, the state governor told us that the loan, being sought by Kaduna State from the World Bank, was subject to the approval of the National Assembly.
“That we should assist in any way possible to see the actualisation of that loan. After the retreat, some of us met him and asked if we could go to the extent of meeting these people.
“He said why not, in fact, he is ready to do anything to see that the loan is actualized. After the meeting, the speaker set up a committee to meet the senators.”
According to him, Sen. Shehu Sani (APC-Kaduna Central) happens to be the Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign and Domestic Debts.
In view of this, Sani-Gimi said Sen. Sani was supposed to be the first person to be met by the committee.
“Therefore, the committee went and met him; it was a fruitful discussion. He gave his words that he is not against the loan and he is not against reconciliation.
“But we should do a lot of homework by bringing everybody on board, while in his own part, he is ready to cooperate so that Kaduna State will excel.
“After the meeting, the committee came back and briefed the speaker and the house,” he said.