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Nigeria’s Total Debt Rose To N21.7trn In 2017 – DMO | The Precision

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Nigeria’s total national debt grew to 21.7 trillion naira
($70.92 billion) at the end of December 2017, the director-general of
Nigeria’s Debt Management Office told a news briefing on Wednesday. 

It
was 17.36 trillion naira at the end of 2016. 
Nigeria’s
first Eurobond will be repaid when it matures in July, said the head of
the DMO, Patience Oniha. The national debt mix is about 30 percent
foreign and 70 percent local after a $2.5 billion Eurobond sale in
February, she said. 
Earlier
this month, Nigeria paid off about 130 billion naira worth of treasury
bills maturing this week instead of rolling over the debt as it has done
in the past. 
Nigeria, with Africa’s largest economy, is
trying to increase its ratio of foreign, dollar-serviced debt to local
debt, in a bid to lower costs. 
Eurobond sales last year boosted foreign reserves by $4.8 billion, in addition to February’s $2.5 billion gain, Oniha said. 
Nigeria is also expected to save 81.66 billion naira after it refinanced $3 billion of treasury bills, she said. 
Last week, Nigeria’s central bank said foreign reserves rose to $46 billion at the close of business on March 9. 
Successful
debt sales and higher oil prices have helped the government accrue
billions of dollars in foreign reserves, although they remain far from
the peak of $64 billion reached in August 2008.

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