By Sunny Adebija – Lokoja
Kogi State House of Assembly has giving a speedy approval to the state government to access over one point five billion loan facility from a commercial bank to pay for counterpart fund for the twenty twenty Universal Basic Education, UBE, projects in the state.
The approval was granted after the Speaker, Prince Mathew Kolawole read the request of the state governor to borrow money for the payment of counterpart fund to access UBE funds at plenary.
In his contribution, the member representing Dekina/Okura state constituency, Paul Enema said that the government in the last five years had never failed in accessing the counterpart fund from the UBE as it was key to the development of primary education in the state.
The speaker however directed the clerk of the house to convey the house resolution to the governor.
In the meantime the house has also called on the state government and the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to come to the aid of people affected by flood in the state.
This followed a motion of urgent public importance sponsored by the member representing kogi/koto state constituency Tanko Muhammed on the floor of the house.
He said that the flood had caused devastation to communities as most affected people have lost their livelihood.
In his ruling, the Speaker, Prince Mathew Kolawole said it is a sad situation and advised all those living in flood prone areas to relocate before the flood gets to them.