NIGERIAN FINANCE NEWS....Nigeria Will Pay China Loan Back In 20 years – Amechi



Nigeria's Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said that the loan the Nigerian Government got from China for the rail projects being done in parts the country will be paid back over the next 20 years. 

Amaechi in a statement said China was the only country giving out loans with a low-interest rate of 2.8 per cent.  He maintained that no country in the world would give out a loan without a guarantee to pay back such loans.

He maintained that no country in the world would give out a loan without a guarantee to pay back such loans.

He said, “The trade agreement between Nigeria and China, the ministry of transportation does not take the loan, everything about the loan is directed to the Ministry of Finance, so, I couldn’t have signed any loan because I don’t take loan.

“What I signed is what is called a commercial contract, which is a contract between the Federal Government and CCECC as a contractor, the contract between Nigeria and China is usually signed by the ministry of finance.

“Whether is the ministry of finance that signed it or the ministry of transportation, the issue is that nobody will give you loan free of charge.

“There must be an agreement and such agreement must contain some terms, that doesn’t mean that you are signing away the sovereignty of the country, no country will sign out its sovereignty.

“What clause 8 says is, I expect you to pay according to those terms we have agreed, if you don’t pay, don’t throw your immunity on me when I come to collect back the guarantee that was put forward, that is all.”

Amaechi further stated that it would be unconstitutional to take a loan not approved by the National Assembly but for the issue of confidentiality in government, he would have published the clauses generating dust.

He added, “The National Assembly is aware of all these loans, we can’t take loan without the National Assembly, so ask why they are investigating? The Chinese are just asking us to show them the evidence that we will pay back which is the immunity clause. If we don’t pay, they can take back their assets.

“The payment plan is the responsibility of the Ministry of Finance, ours is to implement the contract. They are meeting the requirements, at any point in time that we need to pay, we’ll pay.

“$1.6bn was taken to fix Lagos to Ibadan, we are asking for $5.3bn to fix from Ibadan to Kano, $3.2bn to fix Port Harcourt to Maiduguri, then Lagos to Calabar which is about $11.1bn, if those things were done when we had money, will we be here today? The answer is no.”

It is my prayer that the government will be bold enough to commercialize the railways business in view of the huge foreign debt involved.  I don't know whether they can generate income that can repay the loan, but if the routes are commercialized and managed by experienced operators, chances are that it may be self-sustaining.

They should be able to pay for the maintenance of the tracks, the Locomotives and pay their staff. It will be a tragedy for the government to be the one paying the salaries of Railways staff and maintaining the tracks etc.  This is why railway fares change rapidly in Europe.  The operations should be able to pay its bills.

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