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Nigeria’s debt stock grew by 20.81% in Q2 2022: NBS 

Nigeria’s public debt stock increased from N35.46 trillion ($86.57 billion) in the second quarter of 2021 to N42.84 trillion.

• November 9, 2022
Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed and CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele
Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed and CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele

Nigeria’s public debt stock increased from N35.46 trillion ($86.57 billion) in the second quarter of 2021 to N42.84 trillion ($103.31 billion) in the corresponding period in 2022.

Public debt stock includes external and domestic debts.

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) made the declaration in its Nigerian Domestic and Foreign Debt Report for Q2 2021 to Q2 2022 on Wednesday.

“This shows that public debt (in national currency) grew by 20.81 per cent in the second quarter of 2022 from the figure recorded in the second quarter of 2021,’’ NBS said. 

It stated that external debt stood at N13.71 trillion ($33.46 billion) in the second quarter of 2021 and increased to N16.61 trillion ($40.06 billion) in the second quarter of 2022.

The NBS also stated that domestic debt was N21.75 trillion ($53.10 billion) in the second quarter of 2021 but increased to N26.23 trillion ($63.24 billion) in the second quarter of 2022.

In a breakdown by states, the bureau stated that Lagos State recorded the highest domestic debt of N797.30 billion in the second quarter of 2022.

Delta followed it at N378.87 billion and Ogun at N241.78 billion.

Jigawa recorded the lowest debt at N45.13 billion, followed by Ebonyi and Kebbi at N59.11 billion and N60.41 billion, respectively.

It added that Lagos State also recorded the highest external debt stock of $1.27 billion in the second quarter of 2022, followed by Kaduna State at $586.77 million and Edo at $268.31 million.

“The lowest external debt stock was recorded in Borno at 18.69 million dollars, followed by Taraba and Yobe at 22.28 million dollars and 23.09 million dollars, respectively,’’ the report stated. 

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