‘Stay Away From More Borrowing’ – DMO Tells Tinubu Govt

The Debt Management Office (DMO) has warned President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s led administration against additional borrowing, citing that 73.5% of this year’s revenue will be used to service debt.

INFORMATION NIGERIA reports that the DMO recommended that the FG focused on increasing revenue generation to achieve a sustainable Debt Service-to-Revenue ratio.

The DMO however, suggested raising the projected FGN revenue from N10.49 trillion to about N15.5 trillion.

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The agency added that the government can reduce borrowing through privatization and/or the sale of government assets.

DMO’s analysis revealed that the Total Public Debt-to-GDP ratio is projected to increase to 37.1% in 2023, mainly due to new borrowings, FGN Ways and Means at the CBN, and estimated Promissory Notes issuance.

The agency added that, while the baseline scenario indicates that the debt stock remains sustainable, the borrowing space has been reduced compared to the self-imposed debt limit of 40%.

The projected FGN Debt Service-to-Revenue ratio of 73.5% for 2023 exceeds the recommended threshold of 50% due to low revenue. This highlights the urgent need to significantly increase government revenue.

The DMO emphasized the importance of adhering to existing legislation on government borrowing, such as the Fiscal Responsibility Act 2007 and the Central Bank of Nigeria Act 2007, to moderate the growth rate of public debt.

Furthermore, the DMO called for a focus on revenue mobilization initiatives and reforms to increase the country’s tax revenue to GDP ratio.

It also suggested encouraging private sector involvement in funding infrastructure projects through Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) and reducing borrowing by privatization or sale of government assets.