Debt servicing rose by 14.68% in 2022 – DMO

Nigeria’s debt servicing bill went up by 14.68 per cent to N3.36trn in 2022, data from the Debt Management Office has shown.

According to DMO, N2.93tn was spent on external and domestic debt servicing payments in 2021.

Recall that the DMO had earlier reported that Nigeria’s total debt stock stood at N46.25 trillion as of December 2022.

An analysis of DMO showed that the country spent $2.4bn which was equivalent to N1.07 trillion using the current exchange rate of $/N460 to service its external debt last year.

Domestic debt servicing gulped N2.56tn in 2022, with the highest expenditures of N529.88 billion recorded in April.

Debt servicing under the President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) regime has maintained an upward trend since 2016.

In 2016, a total of N1.23tn was spent to service the country’s domestic debts. The figure for domestic debt servicing rose to N1.48tn in 2017.

In 2018, the country’s domestic debt servicing bill rose to N1.8tn while the cost of domestic debt servicing came down a bit in 2019 to N1.69tn.

In 2020, debt servicing rose again to N1.85tn. By 2021, domestic debt servicing rose to N2.05tn

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