From Yakubu Mustapha Minna

Niger State House of Assembly has stepped down the request of the state Governor Muhammad Umar Bago to access N50 billion loan facility offered by the Union Bank PLC for the establishment of an Agricultural food park and farm estate.

The Governor in the letter said the facility seeks to support the State Government initiative for actualising the ongoing
Green Economy Resolution of the state, and create value chain for farm produce in ensuring bumper harvest and food security for the state and the country.

The Speaker, Bar. Mohammed Sarkin-Daji at the plenary said the house as the representative of the people should be furnished with details of every Kobo
and how it intends to expend the funds, assuring that it will not be business as usual.

The committee led by the member representing Mashegu Constituency said the executive had not presented enough
evidences on how it intends to spend the fund, hence the need for more time to enhance due diligence.

Other members argued that the executive should be specific on where the agricultural food parks and farm estates will be located and the role of local government in the process.

Similarly, the House has approved the request of the state Governor to Access the N15 billion contract financing facility offered by Access Bank PLC for the take off of the newly established Abdulkadir Kure University, Minna.

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