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Published On: Thu, Oct 19th, 2017

Women protest non approval of el-Rufai’s $350m loan request

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From Femi Oyelola Kaduna

Thousands of angry women yesterday stormed major streets of Kaduna metropolis on a protest against non approval of a $350 million loan requested by the Kaduna state government
The protesting women, under the aegis of International Women and Youth Development Revival commenced the procession from the Murtala Mohammed Square and moved to the ever busy Independence Way
Most of women had babies strapped to their backs, stopped over at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ)Kaduna Council Secretariat, before proceeding to the All Progressives Congress (APC) North West Secretariat and their the final point, which was the Kaduna State House of Assembly
The protesting women delivered a letter to the Speaker, expressing their displeasure over the non approval of the loan request.
Fielding questions from newsmen who tracked them up to the entrance of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, State Women Leader of international Women and Youth Development Revival, organisers of the protest, Saratu Abdulazeez explained that it was targeted at expressing displeasure on the delays in approving of the loan.
She said that they are not accusing the Senator Representing Kaduna Central of preventing the approval of the loan, but are only appealing to him to fast track its approval.
“We are here because we want our leader to assist our government in getting money needed to develop the state
.’We are not accusing Senator Shehu Sani for frustrating the loan request. We voted for him, we took him to Abuja.
” We are only pleading with him that he should listen to us, not accusing him,” she stressed.
Also explaining why they embarked on the peaceful protest, Kaduna Central Women leader of the group, Amina Ali said that the NGO which has been in existence for over two years are begging that the loan is approved to ensure a better future for them and the generation yet unborn.
However there was pandemonium when Kaduna state Security outfit Operation Yaki. had to fired warning shot when the protesting women tried to obstructs a van escorting high profile prisoners from a court to the Kaduna Convict Prison,

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