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Senate condemns FG’s proposed $200 million loan to buy mosquito nets


The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday strongly condemned a proposal seeking to borrow $200 million under the malaria programme to buy mosquito nets in the 2022 budget.

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A member of Senate Committee on Health, Senator Gershom Bassey made the condemnation during the 2022 budget defence of the Federal Ministry of Health.

Bassey firmly told the Permanent Secretary, Mahmuda Mamman that the proposal with respect to purchase of mosquito nets was a big issue, expressing concerns that borrowing $200 million was outrageous.

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The Senate Health Committee’s condemnation was in response to the Permanent Secretary’s earlier submission of the intention to borrow the amount for purchase of mosquito nets.

The panel further demanded for the total needs of the agency to ascertain if t. was need for borrowing.

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In his further clarification, the Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib noted that the $200 million was for importation and local production of mosquito nets.

Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe, in his . raised concerns that the idea of borrowing money from World Bank is “money and job for the boys”.

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