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FG responsible for 80% of Nigeria’s N25.7 trillion debt profile 

The Federal Government of Nigeria is responsible for 80% of the country’s debt profile of N25.7 trillion.



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The Federal Government of Nigeria is responsible for 80% of the country’s debt profile of N25.7 trillion, which comprises of 68% or N17.48 trillion domestic borrowing, and 32% or N8.22 trillion external debt, according to the Debt Management Office (DMO).

As of June 2019, our debt profile was N25.7 trillion. This includes the Federal and State Governments and the Federal Capital Territory. We call it the total public debt. Out of this total, the Federal Government is responsible for 80% of the debt,” Patience Oniha said.

According to Punch, the Director-General of the DMO, Patience Oniha, while addressing the House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts yesterday, said the funds were paid directly to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), which ensured the money was used appropriately, fitting the purpose it was borrowed for.

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According to the DMO boss, public debt currently stands at 25% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). She said that the DMO serves as an advisory body to the Federal Government on debt management.

Oniha, explaining the debt situation, disclosed that over 85% of the country’s budget deficit was funded through borrowings sourced from different multilateral organisations as approved by the Federal Executive Council. She also said the DMO had helped the country secure debt relief.

[READ MORE: FG misses revenue target by N351.98 billion in October)

The DMO began operation in 2000 due to Nigeria’s debt management problems, which made the country to seek debt relief. If you look back several years, over 85 per cent of budget deficits are funded by borrowing, which the DMO undertakes as approved by the Federal Executive Council and the National Assembly.

We borrow from various sources such as the multilateral, the World Bank, the Islamic Development Bank, the African Development Bank, the China-EXIM and we also issue products in the international market. Locally, we are also very active in domestic borrowing; we issue treasury bills and Federal Government Treasury Bonds,” said Patience Oniha.

However, Wole Oke, the Chairman of the Committee, reiterated the importance of having all the relevant information documented due to the statements made by the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed concerning the challenges facing revenue generation for the 2020 budget.

The chairman said that the committee had made it a priority to monitor the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to stop abuse of the law in the area of revenue generation and remittances. He also emphasized on the need for MDA transparency and accountability in spending generated revenue.

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Economy & Politics

CBN extends Covid-19 forbearance for intervention loans by another 12 months

CBN will continue to charge an interest rate of 5% for its intervention loans for another 1 year.



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The Central Bank of Nigeria has announced an extension of its regulatory forbearance for the restructuring of its intervention facilities by another 12 months.

In a circular signed by Dr. Kevin Amugo, the Director of Financial Policy and Regulatory. the apex bank said it will continue to charge its borrowers an interest rate of 5% per annum as against the 9% originally offered. The CBN had on March 20th reduced the interest rates on its intervention loans from 9% to 5% as part of its response to the economic crunch brought on by Covid-19 induced lockdowns.

The CBN also offered to rollover moratorium granted on all principal payments on a case by case basis. All credit facilities had been granted a one-year moratorium starting from march 1, 2020 when the pandemic first gripped Nigeria.

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See excerpt from Circular

“The Central Bank of Nigeria reduced the interest rates on the CBN intervention facilities from 9% to 5% per annum for one-year effective March 1, 2020, as part of measures to mitigate the negative impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on the Nigerian economy.”

Credit facilities, availed through participating banks and OFIs, were also granted a one-year moratorium on all principal payments with effect from March 1, 2020.

Following the expiration of the above timelines, the CBN hereby approves as follows:
1) The extension by another twelve (12) months to February 28, 2022 of the discounted interest rate for the CBN intervention facilities;

2) The roll-over of the moratorium on the above facilities shall be considered on a case by case basis.

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What this means

Companies who secured intervention funds from the CBN or through any of its on-lending banks will continue to service the loans at an interest rate of 5% per annum instead of 9%.

  • They can also get another year of not needing to pay back the principal sum collection. However, they will need to apply.
  • Whilst this move helps the small businesses continue to manage their cash flow, it means the CBN will record a reduction in its income extended under such facility.
  • Regulatory forbearance is a widely adopted concept during an economic crunch and it is meant to help stimulate businesses. These pronouncements if implemented will only affect those who borrow from the CBN or BOI but those who do not will miss out.
  • Download the circular here.

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Senate endorses ex-Service Chiefs as Non-career Ambassadors

The Senate has confirmed President Buhari’s nomination of the immediate past service chiefs as non-career ambassadors.



The Nigerian Senate has endorsed the nomination of the past serving Military Service Chiefs as Non-career Ambassadors.

This was confirmed during Tuesday’s plenary session and announced in a social media statement by the Nigerian Senate.

Their confirmation follows the consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Chaired by Senator Adamu Bulkachuwa.

According to reports, the Senate Minority Leader Enyinaya Abaribe, however, questioned the nomination and confirmation of the ex-service chiefs when the Senate had on 3 different occasions called for their sack.

Senator Abaribe also raised issues on the petitions against the former service chiefs and questioned why they were dismissed without explanations.

But Senate President Ahmad Lawan dismissed Senator Abaribe’s concerns, ruling that the nomination of the former service chiefs cannot be nullified simply because the upper chamber had called for their sack, noting that this is totally a different assignment.

In his concluding statement, the Senate President, Senator Lawan added that these nominees that have just been confirmed have served this country to the best of their abilities. He appealed to the executive to make sure they use their experience as military men to the best.

“These nominees that we have just confirmed are nominees that have served this country to the best of their ability. Our appeal to the Executive is to make sure they use their experiences as military men to the best,” Lawan said.

Lawan, on behalf of the senate, wished them a very successful career in their capacity as Non-Career Ambassadors.

What you should know 

  • Recall Nairametrics reported earlier this month that President Muhammadu Buhari nominated ex-Service Chiefs for Senate approval as non-career Ambassadors-Designate.
  • Their appointment came barely a week after their retirement as service chiefs and their replacement with new ones.
  • This led to a spate of criticisms from some Nigerians who felt that the nation’s security situation got worse under their watch.
  • They were reported to have tendered their resignation from their positions amid heightened calls that they should be sacked due to the increasing rate of insecurity across the country.

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