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Nigeria: Buhari writes National Assembly, seeks additional $500m Eurobond to plug budget deficit

  • Comments   -   Wednesday, 15 March 2017 - 16:00

(Ecofin Agency) - The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari (photo) has written to the National Assembly to seek for approval to issue an additional $500 million Eurobond to fund capital projects in the 2017 budget. This was revealed during a Senate session on Wednesday.

The leader’s demand follows the oversubscription of a similar bond worth $1B approved earlier this year by the Senate, also to finance budget.

Last month, the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, also asked the parliament to approve the issuance of a new $500 million Eurobond to plug the $7billion deficit in the budget. We wish to take advantage of favorable market conditions to issue a Eurobond Debt Instrument of $500 million to fund the implementation of the budget,” Osinbajo said.

Nigeria, it should be recalled, is in talks to acquire at least a $1billion loan from the World Bank and the African Development bank to fund the budget deficit.

Buhari in this year’s budget outlined plans to spend $22.5 billion to get a recession-battered economy back up.

Anita Fatunji

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