Nigeria: Debt Profile to Reach N38.7trn in 2021 - Minister

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4 November 2020

The Federal Government has said the public debt stock is projected to rise to N38.68 trillion by December 31, 2021.

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, disclosed this on Tuesday when she appeared before the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts.

Daily Trust reports that the Federal Government planned to borrow N4.28trn from domestic and foreign sources to finance the 2021 budget deficit of N5.20trn, which represents 3.64 percent of estimated GDP.

The minister said the total debts, comprising domestic and foreign borrowings of the federal and state governments and the FCT stood at N31.01trn as of June 30, 2020.

According to her, the country's debt profile was N27.4trn in December 2019.

She added that based on existing approvals, the debt is projected to rise to N32.5trn on December 31, 2020, and N38.68trn on December 31, 2021.

The minister, however, said the federal government has not defaulted in the repayment of its loans.

"We have been meeting all our local and foreign obligations as and when due. We have never defaulted in any debt service."

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