The Senate has set up an ad hoc committee to carry out an investigation into the alleged uneven disbursement of half a trillion naira loan to the six geo-political zones by the Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN).
The resolution was sequel to a motion moved by Sen. Mohammed Ndume (APC-Borno) and co-sponsored by Sen. Ibrahim Bomai (APC Yobe South) during Wednesday’s plenary.
The committee is to be chaired by Sen. Sani Musa, Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions.
Other members of the committee are Sen. Ibrahim Danbaba (PDP-Sokoto), Sen. Ayo Akinyelure (PDP-Ondo), Sen. Matthew Urhoghide (PDP-Edo), Sen. Mohammed Ndume, Sen. Uche Ekwunife (PDP-Anambra) and Sen. Sadiq Umar (APC-Kwara).
According to a report by NAN, the committee has two weeks to report back to the Senate.
The upper chamber also urged the bank to ensure the equitable disbursement of the loan in all the six geographical zone of the country.
“We urge the bank to expand its loan facilities beyond the five sectors already captured,” he said.
Moving the motion, Ndume said that the top five sectors considered for the loan were Oil and Gas (42.0 per cent), manufacturing (16.0 per cent), agriculture, forestry and fishery (7.2 per cent), trade and commerce (6.3 per cent), and transportation and storage (3.5 per cent).
Ndume alleged that there was a huge disparity and uneven disbursement of half a trillion naira loan to the six geo-political zones and states in the country in 2021 by the DBN.
He mentioned Lagos as the major beneficiary with 47 per cent of the total loan while the entire northern region got 11 per cent.
The lawmaker said: “The bank’s Annual Integrated Statutory Report 2021 obtained on July 13 from the organisation’s website indicates that the bank was able to disburse a loan worth N483, 000, 000 only out of which only 11 per cent went to the 19 states of northern Nigeria while 47 per cent went to Lagos alone.”
Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege, who presided over plenary, with the support of the senators, unanimously adopted the motion.