The Federal Executive Council at its meeting on Wednesday approved a new Medium-Term Debt Management Strategy for Nigeria, for the period of 2020 to 2023.

The strategy allows the government to borrow more from domestic sources.

The Debt Management Office disclosed this in a press release titled “Federal Executive Council approves a new debt management strategy for Nigeria’.

Part of the statement said, “Based on the current public debt stock, government’s borrowing needs in the medium-term (as stated in the 2021 Appropriation Act, MTEF, 2021-2023), as well as future global trends, Nigeria’s 2020-2023 MTDS can be summarised as follows:

“Borrowing will be from domestic and external sources but a larger proportion of new borrowing will be from domestic sources using long-term instruments while for external borrowing, concessional funding from multilateral and bilateral sources will be prioritised.”

The total public debt as percentage of Gross Domestic Product for 2020 to 2032 increased from 25 per cent to 40 per cent in order to accommodate new borrowings to fund budget deficit and other obligations of government, the statement said.

It added that promissory notes were to be issued to settle government arrears, and the ways and means advance at the Central Bank of Nigeria.

According to the statement, domestic debt was pegged at 70 per cent maximum while external debt was 30 per cent maximum, to further strengthen the domestic debt market and optimise access to both concessional and commercial sources of funding.

A resident, Mrs Onyeka Agu, said she was not able to buy the number of litres she planned to buy, and appealed to the government to step in and make the product affordable to ordinary citizens.

Another resident, Mr Uzochukwu Nebo, said it was worrisome that the price of kerosene had increased.

Nebo called on the government to reduce the price of the product as it continues to make it available, especially for the common man.

He underscored the importance of both price reduction and product availability, saying this would go a long way in reducing the cost of the product and also, the inconvenience caused to families. (NAN)

Average tenor of debt portfolio was minimum of 10 years; while long term was fixed at 75 per cent and short term was 25 per cent.

This was to sustain the issuance of longer tenured instruments with tenors of 10 years and above, in order to effectively manage refinancing risks.

Source.. PUNCH

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