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Tinubu’s Government To Borrow Fresh N3.35trn ($2.25bn) From World Bank

President Tinubu’s government is set to secure a $2.25 billion loan from the World Bank, with exceptionally favorable terms including a one percent interest rate…

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Tinubu’s Government To Borrow Fresh N3.35trn ($2.25bn) From World Bank
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu

President Tinubu’s government is set to secure a $2.25 billion loan from the World Bank, with exceptionally favorable terms including a one percent interest rate, to fund major economic stabilization and resource mobilization projects in Nigeria.

The loan aims to support significant reforms and improve the country’s financial sustainability and resilience.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration is poised to secure a substantial loan package from the World Bank, amounting to $2.25 billion.

VerseNews reports that the approval, expected on June 13, 2024, was initiated by Finance Minister Wale Edun during the IMF and World Bank spring meetings.

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Edun highlighted that this funding, which includes a mere one percent interest rate and favorable long-term repayment conditions, closely resembles a grant.

The loan will support two significant initiatives: the Nigeria Reforms for Economic Stabilization to Enable Transformation Development Policy Financing with a $1.5 billion allocation, and the NG Accelerating Resource Mobilization Reforms Programme-for-Results, which will receive $750 million.

These projects aim to enhance Nigeria’s economic stability and increase the government’s ability to mobilize resources effectively.

Details from the World Bank’s programme information documents reveal that these funds are intended to bolster economic policy reforms and improve resource collection capabilities, crucial for Nigeria’s sustained financial health and economic resilience.

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The first project focuses on broad economic stabilizations, while the second specifically targets improvements in non-oil revenue collections and oil and gas revenue protections from 2024 to 2028.

The Accelerating Resource Mobilization program is set to implement significant tax reforms, increase VAT and excise duties on certain products, and strengthen tax and customs administrations to ensure better compliance and audit effectiveness. It also includes measures to increase transparency in the oil sector and enhance net revenues from oil and gas.

The comprehensive loan package, which the World Bank Board of Directors has already approved, also aims to support extensive economic reforms that align with Nigeria’s priorities for economic stabilization and recovery.

This includes increasing fiscal oil revenues and boosting non-oil fiscal revenues, expanding social safety nets for millions of vulnerable Nigerians, and increasing imports of previously banned products significantly by 2025.

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Overall, this financial assistance from the World Bank is expected to play a pivotal role in supporting Nigeria’s efforts toward achieving long-term economic stability and enhancing its fiscal capabilities.

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