President Buhari Grants N656.11bn Fresh Bailout For 36 States
GoldenNewsNg gathered that the President Muhammadu Buhari has given the 36 states a new N656.112 billion Bridge Financing Facility. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo chaired over a meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) on Thursday, November 18th 2021.
According to a statement made by Laolu Akande, the Vice President’s spokesperson, each state will receive N18.225 billion over 30 years with a 2-year moratorium at a 9% interest rate.
According to the Presidency, this measure was made to assist state governments in meeting their financial obligations, particularly the previous budget support facility that was due to be repaid.
The Honourable Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Dr. Zainab Ahmed, briefed the Council that the Central Bank of Nigeria is currently processing the Bridge Facility (CBN).
The N656.112 billion authorized Bridge facility would be released to the States in six tranches over a six-month period.
It should be remembered that the Council received information on the Budget Support Facility to States on July 15, 2021. The Finance Minister had advised the Council at that meeting that deductions from state governments would begin soon as reimbursement for the earlier CBN bailout.