FG moves to check indiscriminate borrowing by states - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Monday, November 13, 2023

FG moves to check indiscriminate borrowing by states

The federal government has commenced a process to check  the indiscriminate borrowing by States governments from banks and the capital market.

The Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC) has issued a guidelines on conditions that a state government must meet before borrowing from any bank, in the country.

Barrister Charles Abana, the Head, Directorate of Legal, Investigation and Enforcement at the Fiscal Responsibility Commission made this known at the Growth Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT) Parley with Civil Society Partners, in Abuja, yesterday. 

The Commission he said was shocked to find out that most banks in the country lure state governments into securing loans that

His words, "At the commission, we have decided to give them the template and we will go ahead to make sure that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) issues a  proper guideline to banks on how to go about getting all the necessary requirements and compliance fulfilled before lending to the states unlike the past when they just go to the minister and the Debt Management Office (DMO).

 "If we don't put some checks on them, and make it not-too-easy for them to borrow, I don't think we will come out of this debt situation.

"We  had a meeting in Lagos with banks to study debt patterns, how do banks give out loans and how they recover it. At the meeting it was revealed that as soon as state governors constitute their cabinets bank officials swoop on them with mouth watering offers to lure them into borrowing from the banks."

Speaking on he 2024-2026  Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF), Mr. Abana noted that "the Country’s fiscal deficit (including project tied loans) as a percentage of GDP will keep increasing over the medium term from 3.83 percent, 3.89 percent and 3.92 percent respectively of the projected GDP. 

According to him, "Borrowing will increase over the three years while foreign borrowing will increase in the first two years of the medium term. 

"The proposed new borrowings are in the sums of N7.808trillion, N8.539trillion and N10.072trillion respectively for the years 2024, 2025 and 2026."

The FRC official recommended that there should be a reduction of overhead capital and the cost of governance so as to make more resources available for developmental capital. 

He added that each of the capital expenditures should have a proper cost benefit analysis open to the public.

In addition, recommended that more public assets be slated for privatisation so as to increase resources expected from the privatisation exercise while reducing recurrent expenditure. 


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