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Tinubu’s Government Goes For $3.45 Billion Fresh World Bank Loan For Power, Others

The government of President Bola Tinubu has concluded arrangement to borrow a fresh a $3.45 billion to finance five items, including the power, renewable energy, states’ resource mobilisation programme, adolescent girls’ initiative for learning and empowerment and a women’s empowerment project.
The Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Wale Edun, who made this known to newsmen yesterday, October 23, shortly the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the presidential villa, Abuja said that the government would proceed to receive the $3.5 billion “zero-interest” loan that is payable within 40 years with a 10-year moratorium, meaning payments would begin from 2033.
“Today at the Federal Executive Council, I presented five memos which were gracefully approved by the Council. They had to do with concessional and, in many cases, zero-interest financing by the World Bank and the International Development Association, which is the very concessional financing arm.
“The projects that were approved for funding were in the power sector and then the renewable energy sector. There was funding for states for resource mobilisation programmes to help them with the internally-generated revenue efforts.
“There was a project for adolescent girls’ initiative for learning and empowerment. And then finally the fifth financing that was approved was for Women project.”
The Finance Minister explained that the girls’ programme worth $700 million would support young girls within secondary school age to equip them with marketable skills in addition to their academic achievements.
Edun said that “$700 million is the size of the current project.
“So those were five loans totalling $3.45bn. And as you know, the tenure is all around 40 years, with a moratorium period of around 10 years and interest very low, or in the cases of either loans, zero interest. However, some fees would be incurred.”
The Minister of Education, Dr. Tahir Mamman, on his part, said that the girls’ programme, which initially began in seven states, has been expanded across 11.
“Initially, from seven participating states, we will now have about 11 additional states participating in this project, which will lead to the empowerment of girls between 10 to 20 right across the participating states.
“This is a very major escalation of this programme that is meant to empower our girls, our teachers and the provision for additional schools in the country.”
He said that the programmes are in line with the Tinubu administration’s agenda to reduce, “if not eliminated altogether,” the number of out-of-school girls and children generally.
The Federal Executive Council also approved the setting up of the Humanitarian and Poverty Alleviation Fund with the hope of raising the sum of $5bn annually for emergency responses to humanitarian crises.
The minister of humanitarian affairs and poverty alleviation, Dr. Betta Edu said that the money would be raised from the government, contributions from development partners, private sectors, and individuals, among others.

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