In a statement on Sunday, CNPP Publicity Secretary Osita Okechukwu, said that the coalition was enraged that the “President, Goodluck Jonathan’s regime is rapidly rail-loading Nigeria back into Debt Trap, irrespective of the unprecedented oil and gas, FIRS Tax and Customs Duty revenues, decked with Excess Crude Account”
According to him, “When in 2006 Nigeria doled out $12.4 billion, which could have been used to provide electricity, to pay the odious Paris and London Clubs loan, we rejected it and we were assured by the present Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, that Nigeria was out of the Debt Trap. Especially when we pointed out that the loans she paid for were fraudulent loans obtained through corrupt and unjust methods by unconscionable civilian regime military dictatorship.
Unconscionable in the sense that 75% of the 63 projects upon which the loans were borrowed failed.
“As ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo admitted in the House of Representatives in 2005, The people who gave the loans knew that the money was not being well spent wisely. Perhaps they even took their own cut. Yet the ordinary people of Nigeria have to pay back the loan.”
The CNPP spokesman recalled that “Jeffrey Sachs, Nobel Laurete in Economics, November 2005 cautioned that: ’$12 billion in Nigeria would have gone a long way towards saving children, immunization, healthcare, all kind of things. But the donors got greedy, they said, ‘Take the oil revenue that you have responsibly been saving up, and instead of investing it in your needs, give it to us’ To this, I say, ‘Return that money, where it is needed most, not in your coffers!
“The same Minister who promised that we are out of Debt Trap will with the present $9 billion loan, approved by the National Assembly and the National Economic Council hit $20 billion external Debt and 6 trillion domestic Debt before the end of 2014.
“It is our considered view that Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala may be a round peg in World Bank and IMF round holes; but not in Nigeria’s economic square hole.
Continuing, the body opined that “Dr Iweala’s economic policy of government has no business in business, premised on the private sector driver, and targeted on abstract percentage growth cannot succeed in a primitive economy like Nigeria. There cannot be growth without huge state investment in robust critical infrastructure, as 98% of the so called captains of industry have no factory.
“Otherwise, how come a country which earns annually $20 billion in Oil and Gas revenue, 5 trillion from Federal Inland Revenue Service Tax revenue, over 1 trillion from Customs Duty and $10 billion Excess Crude Account; still record over 70% of her citizenry living below poverty level, over 30% illiterate, live expectancy below 50 years and gross unemployment dislocating families? CNPP asked.
“In sum, those who rail-load Nigeria into Debt Trap, instead of managing our resources prudently, must bear in mind that they are not positively projecting or promoting the health image of the country as a disciplined and organized nation to do business with. Hence Nigeria has no good reason to borrow and in fact should stop borrowing! the statement concluded.
Source: Daily Post