The National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, yesterday, said Nigeria’s foreign debt stood at $15.05 billion, while the domestic debt portfolio was put at N14.06 trillion in June this year.
According to the NBS, this represents a growth of $3.64 billion and N0.04 trillion respectively within a six-month period.
Investigations by Vanguard showed that the foreign debt profile was $11.41 trillion, while domestic debt was N14.02 billion at the end of December 2016.
The NBS in its report on Nigerian Domestic and Foreign Debt – June 2017 data, showed that $9.67 billion of the debt was multilateral; $218.25 million, bilateral, while $5.15 billion was from the Exim Bank of China, credited to the Federal Government.
The report stated: “The total Federal Government debt accounted for 74 percent of Nigeria’s total foreign debt while all states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, accounted for the remaining 26 percent. “Similarly, total Federal Government’s debt accounted for 78.66 percent of Nigeria’s total domestic debt, while all states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, accounted for the 21.34 percent balance.”
A breakdown of the Federal Government domestic debt stock by instruments reflected that N7.5 trillion or 68.41 percent of the debt was in Federal Government Bonds. About N3.3 trillion or 29.64 percent are in treasury bills, while N215.99 million or 1.95 percent are in treasury bonds. ”
The report read further: “Lagos State has the highest foreign debt profile among the 36 states and the FCT, accounting for 37 percent; Kaduna, 6 percent; Edo, 5 percent; Cross River, 4 percent; and Ogun, 3 percent, followed closely.”
Similarly, the report stated: “ Lagos State had the highest domestic debt profile among the thirty-six states and the FCT, accounting for 10.39 percent; Delta, 8.04 percent; Akwa Ibom, 5.18 percent; FCT, 5.09 percent; and Osun, 4.90 percent, followed in that order.”