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Senate rejects $200million loan requests to purchase mosquito net in 2022

The Senate strongly condemned the Federal Ministry of Health’s proposal to borrow $200 million under the malaria program to purchase mosquito nets in the 2022 budget on Tuesday.

Senator Gershom Bassey, a member of the Senate Committee on Health, made the condemnation during the Federal Ministry of Health’s 2022 budget defense. Bassey pointedly told the Permanent Secretary, Mahmuda Mamman, that the proposal regarding the purchase of mosquito nets was a big issue, expressing concerns that borrowing $200 million was outrageous.

The Committee’s condemnation came in response to the Permanent Secretary’s earlier submission that he intended to borrow the money to buy mosquito nets.

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The panel also demanded that the agency’s total needs be determined in order to determine whether borrowing was required.

Dr. Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, clarified that the $200 million was for the importation and local production of mosquito nets.

Senator Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, explained in his reaction that borrowing money from the World Bank is “money and a job for the boys” by someone in Washington DC, adding that its consultancy services are provided at the lower levels of State and Local Government.

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