Officials to investigate Rivers State’s alleged exclusion from loan projects

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The House of Representatives has decided to investigate Rivers State’s alleged exclusion from states from receiving global bank loans.

It will be recalled that Governor Nysom Wike alleged that the federal government had distinguished his state from those eligible for the loans.

The governor also alleged that only River State was excluded from the list of states originally drawn for it.

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During Wednesday’s plenary session, Solomon Bob of Rivers State brought forward a motion calling for an investigation into the allegation.

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari sent the National Assembly a loan request for approval of 4 billion dollars and 710 million euros in external loans.

While moving the motion, Bob said that “the alleged exclusion can be interpreted as partisan revenge against the people of the state because of differences of opinion on national issues.”

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The motion was challenged by House Deputy Speaker Idris Wase, who argued that the motion is not urgent to be discussed on Motions of Urgent Public Importance.

He asked that the motion be withdrawn and put on notice.

However, Rivers lawmaker refused to resign but changed the prayer to read that Rivers State should be included if it is the only exempt state.

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The prayer was adopted by the House.