Some members of the Adamawa stare House of Assembly have reacted with dismay the decision of their colleagues to approve a N100b loan requested by governor Ahmadu Fintiri.
The lawmaker who have been on recess reconvene for an emergency plenary where the secretly approved the loan.
Following a tipoff on the emergency plenary, journalists visited the state assembly complex but we’re denied entry by armed security personnel on the order of the members of the assembly.
It was not clear why the governor requested for the loan, but a member of the All Progressives Congress in the state assembly, Abdullah I tap am said the process was unconstitutional.
The lawmaker while fielding questions from newsmen said the Fintiri-led government has so far borrowed over N30b loans, which includes N15b infrastructural loan, n9.9b for housing scheme and N2b COVID-19 loan among others.
Yapak who is the chairman house committee on inter-parliamentary, labour and employment said he has to walk out of the plenary when the acting speaker and deputy speaker of the house, Pwamakeno Mackendo who superintended the session, insisted that the wrong thing must be done.
” I received a text message yesterday that we should convene at the assembly complex without actually knowing what is going to transpire.
” When we came in, the deputy speaker who led the plenary in acting capacity brought three letters and I rejected all the three letters. But what baffles me much is the N100bn loan which the governor is seeking.
” I objected to that because there are procedures, there are financial regulations which we have to abide by.
” There is provision in 2021 budget, a column for domestic borrowing and in that column, we approve only N20bn. Because of that I staunchly stood my ground that we should not approve a loan above N20bn.
“What took place in the house today was wrong because the poor man in the village will not understand what we are doing here.
” So I advice that they should split it to N25bn this year, next year and the remaining two years, they still objected.
” I still called the attention of the plenary to the budget provision but they still turned me down. I also asked the plenary to respect the house standing orders so that we can split into two according to those in support or against the loan and I was overruled. Since there is nothing more I could do I have to walk out of the house,” he said.
When asked what the government sought to secure the loans for, Yapak said he did not discern anything from the letters as they were read hastily.