FG to Restrict States’ Borrowing Over 5.8tr Debt

FG to Restrict States’ Borrowing Over 5.8tr Debt


The Fiscal Accountability Fee (FRC) has revealed that it has issued a template and guideline on necessities earlier than lending to state governments as a part of efforts to verify indiscriminate borrowing.

Head, Directorate of Authorized, Investigation and Enforcement on the FRC, Barr. Charles Abana, made this identified in Abuja on the Development Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT) Media Parley with Civil Society Companions.

The sub-national governments and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) home debt as at June 2023 is estimated at 5, 815, 684, 819, 242.35 in response to figures on the web site of the Debt Administration Workplace (DMO).

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The FRC stated it was shocked to search out out that the majority banks within the nation lure state governments into securing loans that ultimately add as much as the nation’s whole debt inventory.

To verify this, Abana disclosed that “on the fee, we now have determined to provide them the template and we are going to go forward to ensure that the Central Financial institution of Nigeria (CBN) points a correct guideline to banks on the best way to go about getting all the mandatory necessities and compliance fulfilled earlier than lending to the states in contrast to the previous after they simply go to the minister and the Debt Administration Workplace (DMO),”

He stated, “If we don’t put some checks on them, and make it not-too-easy for them to borrow, I don’t assume we are going to come out of this debt scenario”.

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