- Local debt servicing gulped N977 billion in June 2021 according to a half-year report released by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)
- It represents an uptick of about 8.7 per cent in comparison to N898.39 billion spent on domestic debt servicing in the period last year
- The report showed that the increase was caused by the federal government's appetite for more borrowing
The Nigerian government has spent N977.03 on internal debt servicing as of June 2021. This represents about 8.75 per cent in comparison to N898.39 billion in the same period last year.
Nigeria’s domestic debt stock outstanding saw an uptick trend in the first half of 2021 in comparison to the same period in 2020.
The cost of debt servicing went up by 8.7 per cent due to the increase in the federal government's borrowing.
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What the report is saying
The report indicated that the Nigerian government's shored up its revenue deficit with public financing. The stock of FGN domestic debt outstanding amounted to N17,631.80 billion at the end-June 2021.
According to the report, this meant an increase of N2,176.10 billion or 14.08 per cent above N15,455.70 billion, recorded at the end of June 2020.
FGN bonds increase FG's revenue
At this period in review, the Nigerian government's Bonds worth N900.00 billion was given, while public subscription and sale stood at N1,726.40 billion and N1,415.00 billion, respectively
FGN Bonds, subscription and allocations amounted to N615.00 billion, N2,449.97 billion and N1,308.58 billion in the same period. The increase in offer and allotment in the first half of 2021 was due to the government’s aggressive drive to fund the fiscal deficit from the local market.
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Debt triples in seven years
Legit.ng reports that Rights activist, Chidi Odinkalu, has said Nigeria’s debt profile has increased three times in the last seven years, that is since Muhammadu Buhari mounted the saddle as Nigeria’s president.
Odinkalu said this in a tweet but did not expatiate as he only provided an undated chat from the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
Odinkalu may not be an economist but available data from Debt Management Office (DMO) says Nigeria’s debt profile has soared to about N35.65 trillion recently because of increased borrowing by Buhari's government.