The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has stated that he is aware that there has been a lot of agitation about south-east not benefiting from the $22 billion Federal Government loan.
He added that it is one of the reasons why members of the House haven’t considered the loan.
Gbajabiamila stated this on Wednesday while receiving Leaders of Faith Forum from the south-south and south-east.
He said, “You said there is no need for the loan at this time, but that itself is debatable. If the government believes that there’s need for the loan, I think we should support that, because they know as they’re the ones that see what is needed and what is not needed.”
He further stated that the equity of the law is more important and whether or not the government is able to distribute these things fairly considering the very nature of the structure of our country.
He noted that he had discussed with the finance minister and the DG budget and it is a matter that they are looking at seriously.
“I’m hoping that there will be some kind of amicable resolution so that everybody will be carried along. Equity suggests that all zones must be carried along,” he said.
He noted that “With the quality of members that you have and the generality of the House, we’ll work towards a fair resolution of the issue so that it leads to something that will bring us together and unite us as a country.”
He also said, “We can have continuous engagements. This is the first, but hopefully not the last. I like the fact that you’re involved in issues of politics and governance. From time to time, you need to borrow us your wisdom and knowledge in those areas.”
Concerning the issues of open grazing, insecurity, among others as raised by the clerics, Gbajabiamila reiterated that the house is already looking into the matter while stating that alternative possible solutions are welcome.
He, therefore, appealed with the clerics to put them in prayers.
“For those of us who are in the eye of the storm in government, we will really love that. Keep us in your prayers,” he said.