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Create Jobs, Improve Living Standards With Loans – Peter Obi to Nigerian Govt

Posted by Thandiubani on Mon 01st Jul, 2024 - tori.ng

Obi noted that it was alarming that government borrowing reached a staggering N121.86 in the first quarter.

 
The 2023 Labour Party, LP, Presidential Candidate, Peter Obi has called out the government of President Bola Tinubu.
 
He asked the Nigerian Government to use borrowed funds to create jobs and improve the standard of living in the country.
 
Obi noted that it was alarming that government borrowing reached a staggering N121.86 in the first quarter.
 
He disclosed that the fact that several trillion were borrowed in just three months highlights the urgent need for prudent management of the country’s finances.
 
Posting on X, Obi wrote: “I have consistently maintained that borrowing is not inherently problematic, as long as it is utilized for productive purposes that drive economic growth and development.

“The recent report at the end of the first quarter indicates a significant increase in our government’s borrowing, reaching a staggering N121.86 trillion.

“This rapid accumulation of debt is alarming, and if this borrowing trend continues at the current rate, we can expect the total to surpass N150 trillion by the end of the year.

“If the borrowed funds are used for consumption or misallocated, we risk worsening our economic situation, perpetuating a cycle of debt and hindering our ability to achieve sustainable economic growth and development.

“On the other hand, if the funds are channelled into productive endeavours such as infrastructure development, education, healthcare, and entrepreneurship, we can expect positive outcomes that benefit our economy and citizens in the long run. As I recall, the law governing borrowing is explicit, requiring detailed explanations of the intended use, timing, and other relevant parameters.

“It is essential to ensure that borrowed funds are allocated efficiently and effectively to drive economic growth, create jobs, and improve the standard of living of the majority of our citizens. I respectfully request accountability for the massive borrowings, which have burdened our nation’s future. For the sake of our children and unborn generations, transparency and good governance, a detailed breakdown of how these funds have been utilized and demonstrate their tangible impact on our country’s growth and development should be provided. In conclusion, I urge policymakers and stakeholders to exercise caution and prudence in managing our national debt, ensuring that borrowing is utilized for productive purposes that benefit our economy and citizens.

“By doing so, we can promote sustainable economic growth, development, and prosperity for all Nigerians for generations to come. Our future stability and prosperity depend on prudent management of resources. -P0”


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