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IMF disbursed $3.4bn to Nigeria at 1% interest rate, urges citizens to ask how money is spent

by Business News Report

Managing Director International Monetary Fund IMF, Kristalina Georgieva, said that the Fund has already disbursed the $3.4 billion to Nigeria and that the money in Central Bank of Nigeria. Speaking on CNBC Africa Georgieva said, “We have already disbursed the money to Nigeria. In emergency assistance, once the board approves, we disburse within days to the country and it goes to the Central Bank in dollars before it’s converted to Naira for the Federal Government’s use.”

Continuing she said “The conditions are quite favourable. The repayment period is five years, up to two and half years is a grace period and the interest on the loan is 1%,” she added. Georgieva said that there was a need for all receivers of the emergency funds in Nigeria to keep receipts of expenditure. She pointed out that Nigerians should demand accountability from its leaders in the spending of the emergency funds. 

According to her, the funds could not afford to have credibility and accountability take the back seat in the course of the coronavirus crisis. Going further, she said that Nigeria had already met and exceeded the safeguards for disbursement of the funds. This loan is the single largest disbursement by the Bretton Woods institution to any country that has been ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic. This emergency fund, which is a Rapid Financing Instrument (RFI), was approved by the IMF on April 28, 2020, to help Nigeria mitigate the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic and also to sort out balance of payment issues.

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