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President Tinubu seeks Senate approval to borrow $8bn

by Business News Report

President Bola Tinubu has asked the Senate to approve nearly $8 billion in new debt as part of a 2022-24 external borrowing plan to finance infrastructure, health, education and security. In a letter to the Senate, Tinubu requested $7.86 billion and 100 million euros ($105.40 million) but did not say where the money would come from. Nigeria has raised money in international credit markets, including through eurobonds, and borrowed from lenders like the World Bank and African Development Bank for budget support.

“In view of the present economic realities facing the country, it has become imperative to use the external borrowing to bridge the financing gap which will be applied to key infrastructure projects including power, railway, health among others,” said Tinubu. The government has said it wants to encourage investments rather than rely on borrowing to create jobs and build infrastructure. The Senate and House of Assembly are considering a supplementary budget of N2.176 trillion to fund “urgent issues” including defence and security. Nigeria’s cabinet two weeks ago approved N26.01 trillion for next year’s budget, of which about a third is earmarked for interest payments. Some 40% of Nigeria’s total debt is external.

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