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Enugu Assembly secretly okays Chime’s N11bn loan request

MEMBERS of Enugu State House of Assembly yesterday held a secret sitting at the hallowed chambers, where it approved N11 billion loan requested by Governor Sullivan Chime, to enable his administration complete ongoing projects and also offset previous loan facility obtained from a new generation bank, which interest rate was jerked up astronomically.

The House in sitting passed a resolution that “this honorable House do resolve to authorize the state government to obtain loans of one billion naira and ten billion naira respectively from UBA Plc to re-finance facility from GTB and fund infrastructural projects in the state.”

Speaker of the House, Mr.   Eugene Odo, had last week adjourned sitting till December 4, which observers believed was to prevent looming impeachment against him for crossing sword with the governor, following his formal declaration to run for governorship in 2015.

However, following the news of the emergency sitting yesterday, hordes of journalists besieged the Assembly but were prevented from entering the chambers for coverage of the proceedings.

Briefing newsmen after the secret meeting, the Deputy Leader of the House who is also the Chairman of House Committee on Information, Chief John Ukuta, said: “I can assure you it (closed door) wasn’t intentional but it is within the Standing Order of the House to us usually leave our public gallery closed or open and it has nothing to do with the sensitiveness of  what was actually discussed.

“It is public knowledge now  and obviously the people of Enugu State should be aware of what government is doing on their behalf. We went to move a motion  for Enugu State government to obtain a loan of ten billion naira. The first one billion was tor an earlier loan by government.”

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