Senate will consider Jonathan’s $1billion loan request to fight Boko Haram – Mark

former Senate President, David Mark
Former Senate President, David Mark

The Senate resumed from its five-week recess Tuesday with a pledge to consider the request by President Goodluck Jonathan for a $1 billion loan to fight Boko Haram insurgency ravaging north east Nigeria.

The President of the Senate, David Mark, who made the promise during the plenary session also said the upper legislative chamber would discuss ways of fighting the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD.

Mr. Jonathan had on July 16 sought the consent of the National Assembly to secure $1 billon loan to enable the Federal Government upgrade military equipment in its renewed fight against Boko Haram insurgency in the country.

Mr. Mark said the Senate would deliberate on the request before taking action on it.

“Today, we can say that as we resume, we will consider the health challenge that is facing the country, the way it is just handled, the way forward, particularly the Ebola question. It cannot be unnoticed; it will be addressed by the Senate,” he said.

“Then the request from Mr. President for $1 billion loan will be laid on the order paper for consideration by the senate.”

The Senate President also assured that the N79billion requested by Mr. Jonathan in June to fund Police reforms would also be considered by the legislature.

He asked the Federal Government to show more commitment in confronting Boko Haram in order to defeat the sect before resorting to dialogue.

According to him, the situation had deteriorated in some parts of the country and the clear intention is to humiliate the country.

Noting that Nigeria had been humiliated by the sect when it hoisted its flag in the some parts of the North East, Mr. Mark said the sect deserved to be sanctioned and confronted by the government.

He said though this required serious intervention, dialogue with the insurgent should not be totally ruled out.

The Senate President appealed to the National Assembly to continue to provide necessary legislative framework needed to defeat the insurgents.

He also expressed his concerns over the failed security issues in the country and the deterioration despite the state of emergency in some states.

He also expressed the conscious efforts of the National Assembly to treat matters according to the order of importance.

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