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Nigeria’s total debt hits N44.06tr – DMO

Nigeria’s total debt stock has risen to N44.06 trillion on the back of borrowings by Federal and State Governments.

A statement by the Debt Management Office, on Friday, in Abuja says, “As at September 30, 2022, Nigeria’s Total Public Debt Stock which comprises the Total Domestic and External Debt Stock of the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN), all State Governments and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) stood at N44.06 trillion”.

Nigeria’s total public debt stood at N42.84 trillion by June 2022.

According to the DMO, “the total domestic debt stock as at September 30, 2022, was N26.92 trillion while the total external debt stock as at September 30, 2022, was N17.15 trillion”.

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The DMO attributed the increase in the debt stock to “largely new borrowings by the Federal Government to part-finance the deficit in the 2022 Appropriation Act, as well as, new borrowings by sub-nationals”.

Data from the DMO’s external and domestic debt service also showed that the country spent N1.17 trillion on debt in the third quarter (Q3) of 2022.

This was made of N820.59 billion spent on domestic debt service and N356.92 billion ($801.23 million) spent on external debt service.

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The Federal Government spent N1.33 trillion to service domestic debts in the first half of 2022, representing an increase of 42.5 percent compared to N935.46 billion spent in the corresponding period of 2021.

A sizeable amount of this money was used to offset obligations to local contractors.

When compared to the second half of 2021, domestic debt service increased by 19.2 percent from N1.19 trillion.