Northern state governors want proposed loan from Islamic bank approved because they want to rebuild their region
The 19 Northern States Governors' Forum (NSGF) has said that the proposed loan from the Islamic Development Bank, (IDB) in Jedda which is being opposed by Senator Shehu Sani is for the rebuilding of Nigeria Northern region.
A Statement issued by Malam Isa Gusau, spokesman to Governor of Borno State and Chairman of the 19 Northern States Governors’ Forum, Kashim Shettima said they believe that the task of rebuilding the north is one that would require the support of all well meaning Nigerians, including the distinguished Senator Shehu Sani whose strategic committee has a vital role to play.
The Vice Chairman, Senate committee on Foreign and Domestic Debts, Senator Shehu Sani has described plans by the Northern States Governors' Forum to obtain loans from IDB in Jedda as illegal and urged authorities not to grant it.
But the governors through their Chairman, Kashim Shettima said the loan will help them to actualize part of its firm determination to deploy lawful strategies aimed at accelerating the recovery, growth and development of the northern Nigeria.
“The statement made by the Senator was purely based on lack of the slightest knowledge about the issue because unlike what the very respectable Senator thinks, the IDB trip itself was not just done with the consent and approval of the Federal Ministry of Finance but rather, it was even the Federal Ministry of Finance that facilitated the trip,” the statement said.
Pulse gathered that Governor Kashim Shettima led other governors of Kano, Kaduna, Jigawa and Nassarawa States to Jeda two weeks ago to facilitate loan processes from that country.