Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna State has disclosed a debt burden inherited from the previous administration led by Nasir El-Rufai.

At a Town Hall Meeting held at the late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Hall in Kaduna, Governor Sani painted a dire financial picture, citing a whopping $587 million and 85 billion Naira debt, alongside 115 contractual liabilities.

Governor Sani, who served as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance, and Other Financial Institutions in 2020, had previously advocated for a loan totalling approximately $350 million from the World Bank during his tenure as senator for Kaduna Central.

He had assured the nation and the people of the state that the loan would be utilised effectively under El-Rufai’s administration.

According to Sani’s earlier assertions, the World Bank and other rating agencies had deemed Kaduna State capable of managing the credit sustainably, given its 10-year moratorium and 40-year repayment period.

The intended usage of the loan was earmarked for infrastructural development, including the construction of community roads, primary and secondary schools, health centres, and overall economic improvement in beneficiary communities.

However, acquiring additional loans drew criticism from figures such as Shehu Sani, the predecessor to Uba Sani in the Senate representing Kaduna Central.

Shehu Sani, along with other dissenting voices like Suleiman Hunkuyi (Kaduna North) and Danjuma La’ah (Kaduna South), opposed El-Rufai’s loan requests.

Their argument centred on the concern that further borrowing would exacerbate the state’s already precarious financial position, laden with significant debt obligations.

Now, as the governor of Kaduna State, Senator Uba Sani grapples with the debt profile he once advocated for, lamenting the heavy burden left by the previous administration.

Governor Sani emphasised the adverse impact of the debt burden on the state’s finances, revealing that a substantial portion of the Federal Allocation was being diverted towards debt servicing.

Due to the rise in the exchange rate, we are paying back almost triple what was borrowed by the administration of Nasir El-Rufai. – he remarked.

He further disclosed that a significant portion of the state’s March Federal Allocation, amounting to N7 billion out of N10 billion, was utilised solely for debt servicing, leaving a paltry sum for essential expenditures.

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