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Nigeria spent N2.34 trillion on debt servicing in 6 months

The Federal Government of Nigeria has spent N2.34 trillion on debt servicing within six months.

According to a new report by the Debt Management Office (DMO), Nigeria’s debt servicing slowed to ₦849.58 billion in the second quarter of 2023.

This marked a 43.04% decline from the N1.49 trillion spent on debt servicing in the first quarter of 2023.

Data from the DMO reveals that in the first quarter of 2023, Nigeria allocated N874.13 billion for servicing domestic debt and $801.36 million (equivalent to N617.35 billion) for external debt servicing, totaling N1.24 trillion.

Servicing expenses amounted to N565.88 billion, while external debt servicing costs reached $368.26 million (N283.7 billion), resulting in a combined total of N1.24 trillion, according to data obtained from the DMO.

The exchange rate of the DMO, which was $1 to N770.38, was used for external debt servicing.

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