Buhari seeks National Assembly’s approval for $75m World Bank loan for Edo

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday sought approval of National Assembly for USD 75 million credit facilities for Edo state government in order to facilitate Development Policy Programme.

In a letter read by Senate President Bukola Saraki in plenary, The President said,”‎ I am writing to seek the consideration of the national assembly of Nigeria on approval of a request by the Edo state government‎ to obtain a $75 million credit facility from the World Bank.

“You may wish to know that the World Bank had approved a Development Policy Programme (DPO) loan budget support for the total sum of $225 million to the Edo state government in 2012 to be implemented in three tranches of $75 million per annum.

“The first tranche was approved by the national assembly in the 2012-2014 federal government external borrowing plan.

“The programme has since been successfully implemented by the state in 2014. Following this success, the bank’s board of executive directors approved the‎ second tranche, “‎DPO 2, on April 29, 2015.

The DPO 2 was captured in the federal government external ruling borrowing plan of 2014-2017, which is pending with the national assembly.

“It is for the above reason that I seek your favour to facilitate the consideration and approval of the Development Policy Operation 2 (DPO2) loan of $75 million to enable the state to consolidate on the first tranche of the operation.”