The senate, on Tuesday, turned down a proposal by the Federal Ministry of Health to borrow the sum of N82 billion to buy mosquito nets in the 2022 budget.
Gershom Bassey, a member of the Senate Committee on Health, opposed the move during the 2022 budget defence of the ministry.
Bassey told the permanent secretary of the ministry, Mahmuda Mamman, that the proposal with respect to borrowing $200 million (N82 billion) at the official exchange rate of N410 to a dollar to purchase mosquito nets, was outrageous considering the amount involved.
The rejection of the proposal by committee was in response to the Mamman’s earlier submission of the intention to borrow the said amount for the purchase of mosquito nets.
Meanwhile, Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), had said the N82 billion was for the importation and local production of mosquito nets under the malaria programme.