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VP Osinbajo, Saraki, Dogara, Governors Meet Over $30 Billion Loan

The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on Monday said the meeting the leaders of the National Assembly had with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and some state governors was meant to ensure good governance and collaboration.

Saraki spoke with State House correspondents at the end of the meeting held inside the Vice-President’s office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The meeting was also attended by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal; as well as governors of Ogun, Adamawa, Zamfara, Osun, Imo and Niger states.

The meeting was believed to be one of the efforts aimed at resolving the issues arising from the Senate’s recent rejection of President Muhammadu Buhari’s $30bn foreign loan request and the 2016-2018 Medium Term Expenditure Framework as well as other party matters.

Osinbajo heads the present administration’s Economic Management Team.

“I am sure the Vice-President will issue a statement. But nothing of great alarm, it (the meeting) was all for good governance, inclusion and collaboration with all arms. The states are here, the National Assembly executives just came up with ideas on how to make things work even better, that’s all,” Saraki told reporters.

Saraki had met with Buhari thrice within one week on the same matter.

The meetings came after the Senate rejected Buhari’s request for approval to take $30bn foreign loan.

The Senate had also dismissed the Medium Term Expenditure Framework submitted to it for approval, describing it as “empty.”

The document was said to have been returned to the Executive.

Saraki had after a meeting with Buhari told State House correspondents that the issue of the foreign loan was work in progress.


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