Ebonyi State House of Assembly has given Governor David Umahi approval to access N14.16 billion naira support facility from the Federal Government.
Following that, the Speaker of the 24-member House, Rt Hon Francis Nwifuru, yesterday directed the Clerk of the House to write to the governor to inform him that his request was approved.
The letter to that effect was sent to the House by the governor explained that the Federal Government through the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, offered the state the fund as a conditional budget support facility.
The House Leader, Hon Joseph Nwaobasi, who read the letter on the floor of the House, noted that the offer, if accessed, would help cushion the financial challenges facing his administration.
Umahi in the letter also explained that the state executive council had considered the offer and leaned its support for which reason he
brought it to the House for their consideration and possible approval.
The House Leader then moved a motion urging members to support the governor’s request as the facility came at the right time when the country was faced with economic hardship.
Seconding the motion, the Deputy Speaker, Hon Odefa Obasi Odefa, who urged his colleagues to give their support, said given the numerous projects the governor was handling across the state, the 14.16 billion
naira facility was going to help in no small measure.
Other lawmakers who took turns to contribute in the debate including the Chief Whip, Hon Chike Ogiji and Mrs Maria Ude Nwachi, corroborated the views of the mover and the seconder of the motion and urged the House to allow the request to sail through.
The Speaker, Nwifuru after listening to members’ contributions thanked the Federal Government for giving such support to states in the face of the present economic predicament, saying the facility will cushion the financial challenges facing the states.