2018: Lagos Has Highest Foreign Debt Profile, Yobe Lowest, Says NBS

The National Bureau of Statistics said Nigeria’s foreign debt stood at $25.27 billion as at December 31, 2018.

The NBS said this in “Nigerian Domestic and Foreign Debt data” for 2018 fourth quarter posted on its website.

The bureau said further disaggregation of Nigeria’s foreign debt showed that 11.01 billion dollars of the debt was multilateral.

It said that $34.63 million was bilateral from Agence Francaise de Development and another $2.75 billion bilateral from the Chinese Exim Bank, Japanese International Cooperation Agency, KFW Development Bank and India.

In addition, the report said $11.17 billion were basically Eurobonds and Diaspora Bonds.

According to the report, Lagos State has the highest foreign debt profile among the 36 states and the FCT, accounting for 5.64%.

It said Edo State has the second highest debt, accounting for 1.09%, followed by Kaduna State (0.90%) and Cross River State with 0.75%.

Similarly, the bureau said total domestic debt was N16.63 trillion in the quarter under review.

It said Lagos State accounted for 3.19% of the total domestic debt stock while Yobe State had the least debt stock in this category with a contribution of 0.17% to the total domestic debt stock.

The data for the report was supplied administratively by the Debt Management Office, verified and validated by the NBS.