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Ahmed Lawan: Debt Burden Heavy On Nigerians But Necessary by adenigga(m): 7:54am On Jun 12
The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Friday, admitted that the continuous foreign loans being borrowed by the Federal Government were a heavy burden on the country but said it remained a necessary option in view of the nation’s dwindling revenue.

The country’s current debt profile according to the Debt Management Office hit N33.10 trn as of the end of the first quarter of 2021.

This represents an increase of N191bn compared to the N32.91trn recorded in December 2020.

The DMO in a statement on Wednesday, had said the debt figures include the debt stock of the federal and state governments, as well as the Federal Capital Territory.

Lawan, who spoke at a news briefing in Abuja to mark the second anniversary of his administration, added that the Federal Government had no option than to take foreign loans to fund critical infrastructure as doing otherwise would make government to be irresponsible.

He said, “Many Nigerians are talking about the country’s debt profile. Before us in the Senate are two requests from the executive arm of government for loans that we have already approved to fund the 2021 budget.

“One is to construct critical infrastructure across the country. The second one is for investment in agriculture and other sectors of the economy including mining. The amount also includes loans guaranteed by the Federal Government for some states.

“The loans are not only for the Federal Government. Part of it belongs to the states. It is just that the Federal Government gives the guarantee.

“Let us imagine a scenario where we have no money as a country and yet for us to develop, the country would need to build infrastructure.

“What we have to do is to raise funds and there are so many ways to do this. Are we going to raise taxes? Can we afford to raise taxes in the current situation for us to fund the infrastructure and it is a must to have infrastructure like roads, railways and so on. Definitely, one option is out, and that is not to do anything.

“We cannot afford not to construct roads and other social amenities that would boost our economy. We cannot afford to raise taxes.

“The only option is to borrow, and to borrow, responsibly. Before we borrow, we have to identify those essential infrastructure that we need to provide for our economy to grow.

“We are not doing enough to educate Nigerians on some of these issues because many Nigerians feel that the debt burden is too heavy. Honestly, it is but permit me to have an opinion, it is a necessary burden because to do otherwise will be irresponsible of any government to keep an economy that is stagnated.

“We have to move on. But we must ensure also that those projects, when completed, are to generate revenue to pay for the debt.

“The job of the National Assembly is to look at the request and check whether those projects are identified as essential projects for funding with the loan.

“We have to ensure the fair distribution of the projects because Nigeria is so large but we have to touch every part.

“We have to carry every segment of the country along. One of the requests was seriously delayed because some of us felt that some part of the country was not included.

“We need to establish that the projects are evenly distributed. We also established that the conditions for taking the roads are favourable particularly the interest rates.”
Source: https://punchng.com/Debt-burden-heavy-on-Nigerians-but-necessary-says-Lawan

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Re: Ahmed Lawan: Debt Burden Heavy On Nigerians But Necessary by atiteb4: 8:03am On Jun 12
See the people we voted for. Nigeria is truly finished

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Re: Ahmed Lawan: Debt Burden Heavy On Nigerians But Necessary by 24krests: 8:03am On Jun 12
Nonsense!

Greedy Richards


Task masters

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"Ununited" Zoo Republic

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Re: Ahmed Lawan: Debt Burden Heavy On Nigerians But Necessary by Inkling(f): 8:03am On Jun 12
Republic Of Debtor (ROP)

angry angry

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Re: Ahmed Lawan: Debt Burden Heavy On Nigerians But Necessary by MAGG0T(m): 8:03am On Jun 12
I can't weep again for this country.




Everybody should just get out

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Re: Ahmed Lawan: Debt Burden Heavy On Nigerians But Necessary by yesloaded: 8:04am On Jun 12
Unnecessary & senseless debt

Nothing to show for it

Useless substandard project at over 500% inflated rate

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Re: Ahmed Lawan: Debt Burden Heavy On Nigerians But Necessary by olisaEze(m): 8:04am On Jun 12
This administration's current goto destination for loans China, didn’t become a lender nation by borrowing to satisfy the appetite of the political class.

If we had borrowed to, at the very least fix one refinery, it’d have been a step in strengthening the Naira.

But these guys are just bereft of any good ideas! They can’t even save their own constituents, talk more of the nation.

In his small mind, this obese latex figurine thinks he’s making sense. grin grin

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Re: Ahmed Lawan: Debt Burden Heavy On Nigerians But Necessary by NaijaOlosho(f): 8:04am On Jun 12
Old fools

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Re: Ahmed Lawan: Debt Burden Heavy On Nigerians But Necessary by inoki247: 8:04am On Jun 12
yea Fool....

And also Loot Recovery is also nessacary Cos ReLooting is a necessity.....

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Re: Ahmed Lawan: Debt Burden Heavy On Nigerians But Necessary by tempex88(m): 8:04am On Jun 12
You said revenue is dwindling



Do you guys even think of pay back plan?

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Re: Ahmed Lawan: Debt Burden Heavy On Nigerians But Necessary by Racoon(m): 8:04am On Jun 12
So says the "we will approve it" overfed buffon NASS rubberstamp stooge senate president.

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Re: Ahmed Lawan: Debt Burden Heavy On Nigerians But Necessary by Iruobean(m): 8:04am On Jun 12
Re: Ahmed Lawan: Debt Burden Heavy On Nigerians But Necessary by Cadek: 8:04am On Jun 12
Hmmmmmm...
Re: Ahmed Lawan: Debt Burden Heavy On Nigerians But Necessary by potbelly(m): 8:04am On Jun 12
The type of imbecilic statements this guys spew is a cause for concern.

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Re: Ahmed Lawan: Debt Burden Heavy On Nigerians But Necessary by ZeroAccess: 8:04am On Jun 12
Nigerians made the mistake of buhari, yet not satisfied until they booted Saraki out.

Now see wetin person wey be senate leader dey talk. Yes Sir Senate president

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Re: Ahmed Lawan: Debt Burden Heavy On Nigerians But Necessary by Zanzibar1: 8:04am On Jun 12
Not necessary abeg
What kind of talk is this. Its not by force to be in debt
Monkey dey work baboon dey chop

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Re: Ahmed Lawan: Debt Burden Heavy On Nigerians But Necessary by Curious345: 8:05am On Jun 12
Rubber stamp

Plastic stamp

Senate .
Mtcheeeeeeeeeew.

Worst times to be alive

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Re: Ahmed Lawan: Debt Burden Heavy On Nigerians But Necessary by esmarcq(m): 8:05am On Jun 12
Honestly I don't have strength for Nigeria again, like wtf is wrong with this country, we've never had it this bad, the president, vice president, senate President, speaker very docile and useless, most the governor's are nothing to talk about, security agencies useless, which by the way are all, I mean all headed by a certain group of people. God help us all


P.S someone should please point me Ireland Visa thread, it's about time one leaves the country for good

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Re: Ahmed Lawan: Debt Burden Heavy On Nigerians But Necessary by akinbode1(m): 8:05am On Jun 12
Rubber stamp Senate president. Foolish Man

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Re: Ahmed Lawan: Debt Burden Heavy On Nigerians But Necessary by BigDawsNet: 8:05am On Jun 12
sadAs of December 2020, the most recent official data available, Nigeria's public debt was N32. 9 trillion, or $86.3 billion. This is according to the country's debt management office.

normally as a Nigerian living in Nigeria...you have to pay part of the debt to save our country from the Chinese... Just #200k undecided

Call your tax manager to send u fg account

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Re: Ahmed Lawan: Debt Burden Heavy On Nigerians But Necessary by Amya(f): 8:05am On Jun 12
It's now very obvious that these politicians in power don't even care about the entity called Nigeria, so why should i. Mortgaging the future of our children is the worst thing they could do, and they do this without an iota of care.

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Re: Ahmed Lawan: Debt Burden Heavy On Nigerians But Necessary by SavageMaster: 8:05am On Jun 12
Hmm...
Re: Ahmed Lawan: Debt Burden Heavy On Nigerians But Necessary by Kolossus20(m): 8:05am On Jun 12
E no go better for Ahmed Lawan and his useless cohorts...

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Re: Ahmed Lawan: Debt Burden Heavy On Nigerians But Necessary by Nwaezeudo: 8:06am On Jun 12
Sayest Nigeria Toad Rubber Stamp Senate President- cum- Buhari puppet!

Brethren we are on long thing like this o

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Re: Ahmed Lawan: Debt Burden Heavy On Nigerians But Necessary by godwinkessi: 8:06am On Jun 12
Nobody ever called Saraki or even The people’s General David Mark a rubber stamp senator! But this one and his deputy are being called Rubber stamp cos they have rubbers stamped to their ass grin keep borrowing! No plans of paying grin

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Re: Ahmed Lawan: Debt Burden Heavy On Nigerians But Necessary by ccffwx: 8:06am On Jun 12
A government of failed promises. Anyway, let Nigerians bear the burden of their foolishness in choosing leaders bases on tribal and religious sentiments.

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Re: Ahmed Lawan: Debt Burden Heavy On Nigerians But Necessary by ttteejazz(m): 8:06am On Jun 12
Rubber stamp senate president

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Re: Ahmed Lawan: Debt Burden Heavy On Nigerians But Necessary by Josephamos382: 8:07am On Jun 12
Nonsense talk

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Re: Ahmed Lawan: Debt Burden Heavy On Nigerians But Necessary by tyson98: 8:07am On Jun 12
All the debts dey una account eyin werey gbogbo

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Re: Ahmed Lawan: Debt Burden Heavy On Nigerians But Necessary by Lanre4uonly(m): 8:07am On Jun 12
It's good to know you admitted the debt is an heavy burden on Nigerians.

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