The Debt Management Office (DMO), in its latest report released on Wednesday, read that Nigeria’s total debt stock rose by N191bn in the first quarter of this year.
The DMIO explained that the debt stock rose to N33.107tn as of the end of March 2021 from N32.916tn in December 2020
The office noted that the country’s external debt however reduced due to the redemption by Nigeria of the $500m Eurobond in January.
According to it, “Total public debt stock, which comprises the debt stock of the Federal Government of Nigeria, 36 state governments and the Federal Capital Territory, stood at N33.107tn or $87.239bn.
“The debt stock also includes promissory notes in the sum of N940.22bn issued to settle the inherited arrears of the FGN to state governments, oil marketing companies, exporters and local contractors.
“Compared to the total public debt stock of N32.92tn as at December 31, 2020, the increase in the debt stock was marginal at 0.58 per cent.”
A detained analysis of the public debt stock showed that the domestic debt stock grew by 2.11 per cent from N20.21tn in December 2020 to N20.637tn as of the end of March 31, 2021.
According to the DMO, FGN’s share of the domestic debt includes FGN bonds, Sukuk and green bonds used to finance infrastructure and other capital projects as well as the N940.22bn promissory notes.
It said: “External debt stock declined from $33.348bn as at December 31, 2020 to $32.86bn due to the redemption by Nigeria of the $500m Eurobond in January 2021.”
The DMO had reported that in January the 6.75 per cent $500m 2021 Eurobond, which was issued in January 2011, was Nigeria’s first foray into the international capital market.
The office noted that the issuance of the Eurobond enabled Nigeria to diversify its sources of funding as it successfully raised a total of $10.67bn from the market thereafter to finance the implementation of the federal budgets.