Nigeria’s Total Public Debt Hits N46trillion -DMO

Nigeria’s Total Public Debt Stock has increased to N46.25 trillion or USD103.11 billion, according to the data released by the Debt Management Office (DMO).

DMO in a statement issued on Thursday, March 30, 2023 in Abuja, said, the public debt recorded the increase as at December 31, 2022.

The Total Public Debt Stock consist of the Domestic and External Debt Stocks of the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) and the subnational governments {the thirty-six (36) State Governments and the Federal Capital Territory}.

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The office said, the comparative figure for December 31, 2021, was N39.56 trillion or USD95.77 billion. In terms of composition, Total Domestic Debt Stock was N27.55 trillion (USD 61.42 billion) while Total External Debt Stock was N18.70 trillion (USD 41.69 billion).

DMO said, amongst the reasons for the increase in the Total Public Debt Stock were New Borrowings by the FGN and sub-national governments, primarily to fund Budget Deficits and execute projects.

It said, the issuance of Promissory Notes by the FGN to settle some liabilities also contributed to the growth in the Debt Stock. On-going efforts by the Government to increase revenues from oil and non-oil sources through initiatives such as the Finance Acts and the Strategic Revenue Mobilization initiative are expected to support debt sustainability.

Meanwhile, the Total Public Debt to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio for December 31, 2022, was 23.20% and indicates a slight increase from the figure for December 31, 2021, at 22.47%.

The ratio of 23.20% is within the 40% limit self-imposed by Nigeria, the 55% limit recommended by the World Bank/International Monetary Fund, and, the 70% limit recommended by the Economic Community of West African States.

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