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Nigeria’s external debt service cost drops 10.2% Q2 2018

By Ruth Olurounbi

The cost of servicing Nigeria’s external debt stock including  multilateral, bilateral, commercial and Eurobond debts dropped by 10.2% to $202,373.63 in second quarter of 2018, as against the first quarter’s $225,253.15, data released by the Debt Management Office Nigeria (DMO) shows.

Figures show, however, that cost to service Eurobond obligations rose by as much as 132%, from  $45.63 million in the first quarter to $105.93 million in the second quarter, while cost of service commercial debts also rose by 9.2%, rising from $104.69 million in the first quarter to $114.37 million in the second quarter.

The Federal Government’s multilateral obligations dropped nearly $9 million  from $60.03 million in the first quarter to $51.15 million, just bilateral obligations dropped significantly from $60.5 million to $16.02 million, according to DMO.

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The report, ‘Actual External Debt Service Payments in Second Quarter 2018’ report found on the debt office’s website shows also that Nigeria’s obligations at the Eurobond market totalled $8.8billion, inclusive of the $300 million Diaspora bond.

It will be recalled that the debt office recently said that the country’s is looking reduce its domestic debt stock which stood at N22.38 trillion ($73.21 billion) as at June 30, 2018 and will take on more foreign debt which is cheaper for the oil dependent economy to service.

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