Nigeria’s public debt profile has risen to N32.2tn at the end of September 2020, the Debt Management Office announced Thursday.
This shows the nation’s debt rose by N1.19tn between the second and third quarters of 2020.
Based on a breakdown provided by the DMO on its website, the Federal Government’s total debt stood at N28tn as of September while the debt of the states and the Federal Capital Territory stood at N4.19tn.
Further analysis showed Nigeria's domestic debt is N20tn or 62.18 per cent of the total debt while foreign debt is 37.82 per cent.
Nigeria’s total debt is $84.57bn in dollar terms.
Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, had said last month Nigeria’s total public debt may rise further by N6tn, hitting N38.68tn by December 2021.
She explained the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts that the projection was based on existing approvals.
Experts have recently shown worries over the country’s rising debt stock, amidst plans by the Federal Government plans to fund the 2021 budget deficit with N4.28tn new borrowing which is about one third of the N13.59tn budget just signed by the President Muhammadu Buhari a day ago.
A breakdown of the approved budget figures shows N3.3bn would be spent on debt servicing.
As of the end of June 2015, one month after Buhari came into power, the country’s debt profile stood at N12.12tn.
The new figure released by DMO means that Nigeria’s debt since Buhari took over in 2015 has risen by N20.08tn in five years.
It also means that the country’s debt profile rose by 165 per cent within five years and three months.