DMO DG, Patience Oniha

Q1 2022: Nigeria’s public debt hits N2.04tn – DMO

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The Debt Management Office (DMO) says Nigeria’s total public debt stock increased to N41.60tn in the first quarter of 2022 from N39.56tn as of December 2021.

In a statement on Tuesday on its website, the DMO said the latest figure shows an increase of N2.04tn within a period of three months.

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It said the public debt stock covers the total domestic and external debt of the Federal Government and state governments and the Federal Capital Territory.

The DMO also said the total public debt to GDP is now 23.27 per cent, which is below Nigeria’s self-imposed limit of 40 per cent.

It read in part, “The total public debt stock as of March 31, 2022, was N41.60tn or $100.07bn, according to the Debt Management Office.

“The amount represents the domestic and external debt stocks of the Federal Government of Nigeria, the thirty-six state governments and the Federal Capital Territory. The comparative figures for December 31, 2021, were N39.56tn or $95.78bn.”

The DMO said that the total public debt stock includes new domestic borrowing by the FGN to partly finance the deficit in the 2022 Appropriation Act, the $1.25bn Eurobond issued in March 2022 and disbursements by multilateral and bilateral lenders.

According to the debt office, there were also increases in the debt stock of the state governments and the FCT.

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