In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 17th, June, 2020

Atiku Is Spreading Falsehood On Nigeria’s Debt Profile

Atiku Is Spreading Falsehood On Nigeria's Debt Profile


Atiku Abubakar, Lai Mohammed

Lai Mohammed, minister of data and tradition has accused former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar of spreading falsehood on Nigeria’s debt profile.

It was earlier reported that the previous Presidential Candidate of the Folks’s Democratic Social gathering (PDP), had lashed out on the federal authorities over the rising debt within the nation.  He accused the Buhari-led administration of squandering the alternatives of future generations by bequeathing them a debt that they neither incurred nor loved in his article on Tuesday June 16.

Nonetheless in a press release launched on Wednesday June 17, Lai Mohammed averred that the debt to income ratio which Atiku quoted in his article shouldn’t be within the MTEF and FSP paperwork. He added that the previous Vice President’s suggestion that debt servicing doesn’t equate to debt compensation “shouldn’t be solely mistaken, however ill-informed”.

The Assertion Reads In Half;

“There isn’t any doubt that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar loves our nation and desires it properly, in any other case he wouldn’t have sustained his serial quest for the nation’s highest place.

“One can solely hope that his resort to using such phrases as ‘precipice’, ‘foreclosures’ and ‘financial break’ doesn’t replicate something however greatest needs for the nation right now.

“We’re additionally not capable of confirm the supply of the primary quarter figures of N943.12 billion for debt servicing and N950.56 billion for retained income, which he additionally quoted.

“One of many the explanation why debt service to income is excessive is as a result of income era in Nigeria has been low, with over-dependence on the oil sector.

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“That is corroborated by the truth that the ratio of Nigeria’s tax income to GDP is among the lowest on the earth at about 6%.

The minister stated the borrowings of the federal authorities is geared toward revamping the nation’s infrastructure.

“We have now stated that within the face of huge infrastructural decay, no accountable authorities will sit by and do nothing.

“The loans for the academic sector will contribute to the event of our human capital whereas the loans for the agricultural sector will assist the transfer to diversify the financial system.”

Nigeria’s debt profile at the moment stands at N27.four trillion.

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