About N4tn naira was barroed by 350 Nigerian banks without collateral and they are no ready to pay, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions, Senator Uba Sani has said.
Sen Uba Sani is also the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Kaduna State.
The Senator made the disclosure in a presentation at the ongoing political engagement with the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Kaduna State, Friday.
He therefore challenged his opponents, the gubernatorial candidates of PDP, NNPP and LP who were lawmakers to tell a single sponsored while they were at the National Assembly. Sen Uba questioned,” how will they think of governing a complex state like Kaduna.
“When I became the chairman senate committee on Banking, Insurance and other financial institutions I realised the banking sector was almost in a precarious situation in the country.
” Nigerians have borrowed N4. 4 trillion and the borrowers are not ready to repay back. So, we fold our arms, we will reach a point where the banking sector will collapse. To avoid any crisis, we decide to amend the Amcon Act.
“We amended some key areas as well as introduced the Asset Tracing clause as part of efforts to recover outstanding debts.
“At the end of the exercise, we discovered that only 350 Nigerians have borrowed N4. 4 trillion without corresponding collateral. When we calculated the total value of the collateral was only N700bn which was far less than the N4 trillion we are talking about. “
The APC gubernatorial candidate said, some if the borrowers gave their houses in remote villages as collateral, but the amended law now gives Amcon power to recover any property of the debtors in any part of the country.
“Anyway, the Managing Director of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (Amcon) has just hinted to me, that they have so far recovered N1. 7 billion from these debtors courtesy of the new law in place.”
The lawmaker remarked that when he becomes governor, he will improve on the legacies of El-rufai, saying, “El-rufai has done his best because as human beings you can not satisfy everyone”
He also pledged to improve the basic standard of education in the state saying, “once we get the basic education right, the standard of tertiary education will automatically improve”.
Earlier, in his welcome address, the state chairman of the Labour Congress, Suleiman Ayuba remarked that the aim of the political engagement was to have first-hand interactions with the various gubernatorial candidates with the view to hear what they have for the workers and the people of the state ahead of the 2023 general elections.