Buhari seeks Senate’s approval for fresh $2.86bn foreign loan

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday requested Senate’s approval for a fresh $2,868,540,000 external loan.

The request was contained in a letter addressed to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

Saraki read the letter in the Senate chamber yesterday.

Buhari noted that the loan would be used to partly fund the 2018 budget.

In the breakdown of the loan, Buhari explained that $2.786 billion would be borrowed from the international capital market for the part-financing of the 2018 budget’s fiscal deficit and to finance key infrastructure projects in 2018 budget.

He said the Federal Government needed to raise another $82.54 million from the international capital market to refinance the balance of $500 million mature Eurobond.

The President said: “Pursuant to Sections 21 (1) and 27 (1) of the Debt Management Office (Establishment Etc) Act, 2003, I hereby request for distinct and specific resolutions of the National Assembly to:

“Issue USD2.786 billion in Eurobonds and other securities in the international capital market for the implementation of New External Borrowing approved in the Federal Government of Nigeria’s 2018 Appropriation Act, for the part-financing of the 2018 budget’s fiscal deficit as well as to finance key infrastructure projects in 2018 budget.

“And issue Eurobonds and other securities in the international capital market for the refinancing of USD82.54 million, being the balance of the five-year, USD 500 million mature Eurobonds.”

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