November 06, 2016
Buhari, Saraki Strike Deal Over $29.9bn Loan Request
Buhari and Saraki are understood to have met three times on the issue in the last few days since the Senate turned down the request last week.
Saraki has already admitted that the loan request may be re-presented by the executive.
This, the Presidency may do later this week, sources told The Nation. But there is a caveat: Senate may refer the request to its Committee on Local and Foreign Debts, headed by Mallam Shehu Sani.
The Senate hinged its rejection of the loan request to inadequate information by the Presidency.
The loan is expected to be used for the provision of key infrastructure.
According to The Nation, during the sessions between Buhari and Saraki, the Senate President was able to clarify that the Red chamber was not out to sabotage the executive arm.
A top source privy to the meetings said:
"Following consultations, the President and the Senate President have agreed that the request for the $29.9billion loan be presented again to the Senate.
“All things being equal, the fresh request might be forwarded to the Senate with all the details as demanded by the Senate.
“But the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts, which is headed by Sen. Sani will still go through the request and vet the desirability or otherwise of the loan.
“The recommendations of the committee will determine the final decision of the Senate on the loan.”