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Lagos owes largest external debt in Nigeria at $1.26bn in Q2 2023 –NBS

by Business News Report

National Bureau of Statistics NBS, said that Nigeria’s public debt grew at a rate of 75.27% on a quarter-on-quarter basis. The NBS said in its Domestic and Foreign Debt report for Q2 2023 that “Nigeria’s public debt stock which includes external and domestic debt stood at N87.38 trillion ($113.42 billion) in Q2 2023 from N49.85 trillion ($ 108.30 billion) in Q1 2023, indicating a growth rate of 75.27% on a quarter-on-quarter basis. Total external debt stood at N33.25 trillion (US$43.16 billion) in Q2 2023, while total domestic debt was N54.13 trillion ($70.26 billion). The share of external debt (in Naira value) to total public debt was 38.05% in Q2 2023, while the share of domestic debt (in Naira value) to total public debt was 61.95%.

“Lagos state recorded the highest domestic debt in Q2 2023 with N996.44 billion, followed by Delta with N465.40 billion. Jigawa state recorded the lowest domestic debt with N43.13 billion, followed by Kebbi with N60.94 billion. In addition, Lagos state recorded the highest external debt with $ 1.26 billion, followed by Kaduna with US$569.38 million. Borno state had the least external debt with $18.75 million, followed by Taraba with $21.92 million”. In dollar terms the total external debt hit $43.159 billion in Q2, followed by domestic debt of $70.264 billion. Lagos state domestic debt was recorded at N996.4 billion, as the total domestic debt for states was N5.8 trillion for the quarter, meanwhile the Federal Capital, FCT recorded domestic debt of N84.773 billion 

The Debt Management Office DMO had said earlier that Nigeria’s total public debt soared to N87.38 trillion by the close of the second quarter of 2023. The DMO, in its recent report, confirmed that this debt encompasses the N22.71tn Ways and Means Advances extended by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to the Federal Government. “Nigeria’s total public debt stock as of June 30, 2023, was N87.38tn ($113.42bn). It comprises the total domestic and external debts of the Federal Government of Nigeria, the thirty-six states, and the Federal Capital Territory.” Furthermore, the DMO highlighted the significant addition to the Public Debt Stock, attributing it to the inclusion of the N22.712 trillion securitised Federal Government’s Ways and Means Advances. 

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