The Periscope reporter
* Ramadhanic Plot: Scene One – State Lawmakers Invited For Emergency Executive Bogus Approval Of N100m Loan
* Scene Two: Security Agency Bans, Bars Newsmen From Assembly Complex To Confirm The Loan Deal
* Scene Three: Lone Seeming Anti-loan Patriotic Lawmaker Stages A Workout, Says He’ll Not Be A Party To Mortgaging The State
* Scene Four: PASAN Cries Fraudulent Fault, Says Striking Members Did Not Participate In The Legislative-Executive Restrictive Deal
* Scene Five: APC Frowns At Bogus Loan, Says Executive-Legislative Romance Will Mortgage Future Generation
* Scene Six: SCO Says It’s Unbelievable, Ridiculous, Unacceptable Reducing Adamawa To A Republic Of Debtors
* Scene Seven: Adamawa State Government Says It’s A Bond Meant For Agric Business Support, Not A Loan
* Scene Eight: How Originally Critical Is A Governor Who Lamented N115bn Loan Inherited From Past Governments, To Secure A Loan, By Whatever Name, Of N130bn With Just two Years?
* There Could Be Another Loan To Run The Remaining Two Years Of Fintiri Led Government
Adamawa State house of assembly has surreptitiously approved another one hundred bogus billion naira loan solicited by the state governor.
The newsmen gathered that the lawmakers with the Adamawa State House of Assembly were invited to resume sitting for an emergency deliberation on Monday, May 10, 2021, even when the legislative workers were still on strike.
A credible source from the office of the Speaker, revealed that the sitting was in connection with the directive from Executive Arm of the Government in order to sign a N100 million naira loan.
The source said the lawmakers were to arrive the house by 8:30am, while the emergency sitting to sign the loan deal would commence at about 9am this
To authenticate the surreptitious communication of the unlawful bogus loan, newsmen besieged the state assembly complex early in the morning. They were however barred from confirming the Executive-Legislative intercourse by sterned looking security men who said they received orders from the above to deny newsmen entry into the premises.
While the commotion between the journalists and policemen lasted, the lawmakers summoned for the loan approval were smuggled into the house through the backdoor.
Speaking on the development, the member representing Verre constituency in the state assembly, Hon. Abdullahi Umar Yapak said the process did not follow due process and house procedures.
Yapak (APC) who is the chairman house committee on interparliamentary, 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 was going to transpire.
“When we came in, the deputy speaker who led the plenary in acting capacity brought three letters, which I rejected.
“What baffles me much is the N100bn loan which the state governor is seeking.
“I objected to it 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 advise 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,” Yapak lamented.
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.
Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria PASAN Adamawa state has also put forward her position, pointing out that there was nothing legitimate in the legislative manoeuvre, dancing to the executive tune.
The PASAN chairman, Comrade Bashir Elwan writes that:
“While we are in nationwide industrial strike action, it has come to our knowledge that there was a sitting in the chamber of the Assembly Complex on Monday, 10th, May, 2021 at 10:00am.
“Unfortunately, I was not in town. But I informed other exco members to mobilise and take charge. Sadly, the House sat.
“PASAN is also aware, that our members did not participate in conducting the sitting of the House. However, the sitting was coordinated and clerked by management staff with the use of some contract staff of the House. That is a bad precedence to the system and it will count against the leadership at Speaker’s conference.
“The struggle for the financial autonomy is for independence of the legislative arm of government and defence of constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
While we understood that the welfare of our members is embedded in the autonomy, it’s important to note that most of the benefits go to the leadership and management of the House.
“Therefore, I, on behalf of PASAN members, condemn the sitting in strong terms. PASAN is devastated by the action of the management and leadership of the Hon House. We thought that we are on the same page.
“Consequently, we will notify the National Secretariat of PASAN about the unpleasant development.
“In the spirit of comradeship, I’m in full appreciation to all members of PASAN for the solidarity shown during the strike action.
“Finally, I declare that THE STRIKE ACTION CONTINUES until further directives from our National Secretariat is received”.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Adamawa state, through its publicity Secretary, Mohammed Abdullahi has kicked against the move, saying that it would mortgage future generation.
APC said the decision is a clear ”wickedness” to the people and depicts the insensitivity of the PDP government to the plight of the people.
“What is the loan meant? For why now when members are not on seats? What about the past loan collected? We’ve seen nothing tangible on ground for the ones they have collected and we are therefore saying this is wicked and evil the government is deliberately trying to enslave our state,” he said.
When contacted, the clerk of the state house of assembly, Musa Gaude said he was not aware of the plenary. He later said that he was no more the clerk of the house.
It is a bond not loan meant for agric business support – State Government
Expressing the rationale for the acquisition of the facility, the Adamawa State government said, contrary to what is being widely speculated, the facility is a bond not a loan meant for agric business support.
“The Executive Council Wednesday during its first meeting in 2021 has approved the issuance of N100 billion bond for the Adamawa State Agric Business Support for the period of four years,” the commissioner of information and strategy, Umar Garba Pella stated.
Pella said the Council has also approved establishment of Adamawa State Agric Business Support Programme, Five agencies and repositioning of the Agricultural Development Programme and Board of Internal Revenue.
According to the Commissioner, the Council had during the meeting also approved engagements of a consultant for the development of architectural design, supervision, construction and rehabilitation of health facilities across the state.
The commissioner said the council has also approved the variation in the contract for the design and construction of flyover at total filling station junction, to allow for expansion of approach road for the length on each way, to accomdate the heavy traffic in the area being close to the ultra modern market.
With this development, Fintiri led government has in less than two years obtained over N30bn worth of loan:
There was the infrastructural loan of N15bn
There was housing loan of N9.9bn,
There was N2bn COVID-19 loan and other sundry facilities.
With the current loan facility, the Fintiri loan would hit N130bn in just two years an amount that is well over the N115bn loan bequeathed to it by past administrations.
Similarly, the loan is also a sharp contrast to the N140bn 2021 budget passed by the state house of assembly.
There could be another loan to run the remaining two years of Fintiri led government, a Civil Society Organisation would project, enough to reduce the state into the republic of debtors, which must be challenged even by occupying the state.