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Nigeria Not among High-Debt Risk Nations – DMO

News that World Bank had listed Nigeria among 10 high-debt risk nations is false.

Gatekeepers News reports that Debt Management Office (DMO) made this known in a statement on Wednesday, adding that it is misleading.

The statement was made available after its attention was drawn to a newspaper report with the caption, “World Bank Lists Nigeria, Nine Others as High-debt Risk Nations”.

The DMO noted that the said publication claimed that the World Bank had classified Nigeria as one of the top 10 ‘high-debt risk nations’ in the International Development Association (IDA) Audited Financial Statement for the Fiscal Year 2021 (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021) published on Monday, August 9, 2021.

It described the newspaper publication as not only false but misleading.

The DMO stated: “The World Bank’s Report was an assessment of the performance of IDA and not the performance of the IDA Loans nor the debt repayment capacity of the beneficiaries of IDA Loans.

“By way of explanation, the World Bank through IDA, gives concessional loans to poor and developing countries to help them achieve improvements in growth, job creation, poverty reduction, governance, the environment, climate adaptation and resilience, human capital, infrastructure, and debt transparency. Nigeria is a beneficiary of IDA loans.”

The DMO said it was important to re-emphasise that the World Bank’s Report, which was misrepresented in the said newspaper publication was focused only on the composition of IDA’s loan portfolio and did not make any reference to the debt sustainability of the top 10 beneficiary countries of IDA loans, such as India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana that the newspaper erroneously referred to as ‘high-debt risk nations’.

It stressed that IDA loans are typically for tenors of 30 – 40 years, grace period (moratorium on principal repayment) of 7 – 10 years and Service Fee of only 0.75 per cent.

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