Zarqa Municipality drowning in $21 million debt

Jordan

Published: 2017-09-10 14:14

Last Updated: 2017-09-10 14:28


An urgent meeting was held to discuss the city's debt.
An urgent meeting was held to discuss the city's debt.
Roya News Source

The Zarqa Municipality is 15 million JD ($21 million USD) in debt.

Members of Parliament in Zarqa stressed on Sunday the need for an urgent meeting with Prime Minister Hani Al Mulki to come up with a solution for their mounting debt problem.

Ali Abu Sukkar, the Head of Zarqa Municipality, said during a meeting with parliament members and local municipality heads on Sunday that the Cities and Villages Development Bank’s debt is estimated at 15 million JD.

Abu Sukkar said that 11 million JD out of the 15 million JD are long-term loans, two million JD are overdraft and two million JD were drawn from the facility account.

Abu Sukkar demanded that MPs stand by the municipality and help repay the money owed using the 100 million JD allocated by the Greater Amman Municipality for the repayment of municipal debts.

Meanwhile, the salaries of the 4500 employees working for the Zarqa Municipality were paid for the month of August using borrowed money from the Cities and Villages Development Bank, according to Abu Sukkar.

 

Disclaimer: This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition