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Buhari seeks Senate approval for fresh N2.3trn external loan

NEWSMAN, Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari, has asked the Senate to approve another N2.3trillion ($6.18bn) external loan.

The President in a letter addressed to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and read at plenary on Tuesday said the proposed loan which is equivalent to N2.3trillion is to finance the 2021 budget deficit of N5.6 trillion.

Buhari said the loan would enable the Federal Government to fund critical infrastructural projects in transportation, health, and education among others.

This is coming barely a month after the Senate approved the sum of $1.5bn and €995 million external borrowings for the Federal Government.

The loans were part of the $5.5 billion and €995 million external borrowings Buhari had, in May 2020, asked the Red Chamber to approve to finance various priority projects of the Federal government and to support the state governments facing fiscal challenges.

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