The Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) has described the recent remarks made by Kaduna State senator, Comrade Shehu Sani, about its trip to Saudi Arabia to obtain loans from the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), as a demonstration of ignorance on how government works.
Shehu Sani, a human right activist-turned politician, who is the vice chairman, Senate committee on foreign and domestic debts, last week reportedly labelled efforts by the NGF to obtain loans from the IDB, as an acti in illegality.
Sani had said the governors did not obtain the consent of the federal government as stipulated by the law.
But in a reaction to the Senator’s remarks, the NSGF through its chairman, Governor Kashim Shettima, described the senator’s criticism as a comment that “was purely based on lack of the slightest knowledge about the issue.”
In a statement issued by the spokeserson for Governor Kashim, he said the lawmaker erred by his conclusion.
‘‘The Senator thinks the IDB trip itself was not just done with the consent and approval of the Federal Ministry of Finance.Rather, it was even the Federal Ministry of Finance that facilitated the trip and they had a representative as part of the delegation. If Senator Shehu Sani had made some patient attempt to source information from the Federal Ministry of Finance or the Northern Governors’ Forum concerning that very strategic trip to the Islamic Development Bank, IDB, in Jedda as led by the forum’s chairman, Governor Kashim Shettima and his colleagues, Governors of Kano, Kaduna, Jigawa and Nassarawa States two weeks ago, he would have been sufficiently informed and would probably have no need to criticize that trip and would have avoided exchange of words between governors of the 19 Northern States and a respectable Senator from the north.”
The statement also explained that the decision to obtain the loan from the IDB was not spontaneous but a well thought initiative that was endorsed during the forum’s last meeting.
‘‘By way of background, the decision to seek the support of the IDB was reached at one of the Governors’ meetings held at the end of September, 2015 in Kaduna which was presided by Governor Shettima. In November, 2015, Governor Kashim Shettima, acting on behalf of the forum, wrote a letter to the headquarters of the Federal Ministry of Finance in Abuja, seeking consent and request for facilitation to the IDB.
“The Federal Ministry of Finance then wrote to the Islamic Development Bank in Jedda which culminated in the trip by the delegation of the Northern Governors on January 30, 2015. In fact, it was the Federal Ministry of Finance that obtained visas for the delegation of the Northern Governors through its correspondences with the IDB. The IDB had written to the Saudi Government, and requested visas for the delegation which were then issued by the Saudi embassy in Abuja with all passports only released to the Federal Ministry of Finance in the third week January, 2015.”
The NSGF also said that aside the loans sought from the IDB, the trip had also afforded them the opportunity to explore other channels of developmental interests that could benefit the country.
The statement added that the NGF remained mindful of following due process and the rule of law in all its activities over the years.
…Borno Relocates 602 IDPs
The Borno State government yesterday commenced the relocation of the first batch of 602 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS), Yerwa to Dalori resettlement camp.
Addressing a news conference at the premises of GGSS, Maiduguri, the Borno State commissioner for Education, Inuwa Kubo disclosed that the relocation of the first phase of IDPs could have started last year, but logistic and security reasons halted it.
“We thank God. It is a reality, we are conveying this morning 602 IDPs to Dalori camp with their families, as we have assured the people that this exercise will take care of the basic needs of the displaced persons,” Kubo said.
He said that the lack of basic facilities and the security of the IDPs, delayed their relocation to the camps.
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