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FG seeks $4.4bn in new loans as debt reaches N101tn

Federal Government’s Borrowing from World Bank Reaches $4.95bn, Pushing Public Debt to N101tn

In recent months, the Federal Government of Nigeria has been making headlines for its significant borrowing from the World Bank, totaling $4.95bn in loans in the past year alone. This has pushed the nation’s public debt to a staggering N101tn, raising concerns about the rising costs of servicing external debt.

According to data from the Debt Management Office, Nigeria’s public debt was approximately N97tn as of December 2023. The government is still expecting approval for fresh loans worth $4.4bn from the World Bank and the Africa Development Bank in the coming year.

The loans approved by the World Bank cover a range of projects, including funding for the power sector, women empowerment, girl child education, renewable energy solutions, resource mobilization reforms, and economic stabilization reforms. These projects aim to address key issues in Nigeria and improve the country’s overall development.

However, the increasing reliance on borrowing has raised concerns among many Nigerians. With infrastructure decay and high unemployment rates, there is a growing sense of frustration and skepticism about the government’s borrowing practices. President Bola Tinubu has expressed a commitment to reducing reliance on borrowing for public spending, but actions have not always aligned with these words.

The rising costs of servicing foreign debt could have significant implications for Nigeria’s economy. It may divert resources away from essential sectors like healthcare, education, and infrastructure, further exacerbating socio-economic challenges in the country.

As Nigeria continues to navigate its debt situation, it is crucial for the government to prioritize sustainable and responsible borrowing practices. Balancing the need for development projects with the long-term financial health of the country will be key to ensuring a stable and prosperous future for all Nigerians.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be considered as financial advice. The content is based on general research and may not be accurate, reliable, or up-to-date. Before making any financial decisions, it is recommended to consult with a professional financial advisor or conduct thorough research to verify the accuracy of the information presented. The author and publisher disclaim any liability for any financial losses or damages incurred as a result of relying on the information provided in this article. Readers are encouraged to independently verify the facts and information before making any financial decisions.

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