Till DEBT Do Nigeria Apart from Its Future!

Till DEBT Do Nigeria Apart from Its Future!

This is the state of Nigeria today and one that calls for the fierce urgency of now. Across core metrics, we are becoming poorer. It is very important to note that the declining revenue is not because the Nigerian population is shrinking. Rather, what is happening is that most productive sectors are leaving the tarmac even as we are scaling bureaucracy. The fact is this: population is rising but economic opportunities are massively shrinking. 

People make the case that we cannot compare today with the past since the exchange rate with US dollars is a moving target. Yet, even if you are to use today’s exchange rate for 2011, Nigeria would have still made close to double the revenue.

The trillions of Naira which gave $55.5 billion at N165/$ , if you use N380/$, would deliver at least twice of 2020 revenue. You may blame Covid-19 for 2020 paralysis, but check 2019, the difference is very marginal.

So, there is a problem – and I want the government to understand that point. We are using debt to cover the revenue shortfall without addressing the root cause which is evident: productivity has dropped. Mr. President, look at data; what we are doing today is not working! We need a new strategy, urgently! 

All data on my table is from a speech given by a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) , Sanusi Lamido

“If you go through the CBN statistical bulletin, in 2011, the total federally collected revenue from all sectors was 18.9 trillion Naira at 165 Naira to the dollar. This will have placed federally collected revenue in 2011 at $55.5 billion. Meanwhile, debt at that time was 5 billion so we had an external debt to external revenue of about 8 per cent in 2011.

“By 2020 we have an external debt of about $33.4 billion but all revenues in 2020 were about $8.3 billion. So it has moved from 8 per cent to 400 per cent between 2011 and 2020.”


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2 thoughts on “Till DEBT Do Nigeria Apart from Its Future!

  1. That thing called productivity is something the current regime never understood or cared about. You don’t need to look far, just check the intervention programmes and the billions budgeted, who measures impact and where is value for money?

    Their purveyors and disciples want everyone to look the other side, forget everything, but focus solely on construction works we are borrowing heavily to finance, with no clarity on improved income sources, which could make debt servicing/repayment seamless.

    We are not better in any metric under this government, but those whose only stock in trade is telling lies and propagating misinformation would want you to believe that Buhari outperformed his predecessors. They will tell you how everyone before their messiah Buhari messed things up, only for him to come around and fix them.

    Which aspect of Nigeria’s economy or national life is doing wonders under this government, compared to before? But again, when you capture power through propaganda, it becomes an impossible task trying to connect to reality.

    They don’t have talents in their political party, and because of their crude arrogance and ineptitude, they have equally resisted bringing in talents that could help them clear the mess.

  2. @Francis, “when you capture power through propaganda, it becomes an impossible task trying to connect to reality.”

    They succeeded in dribbling the people and themselves to score own goals.


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