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External Debt

Sources of External Debt
Nigeria has contracted a number of debt obligations from external sources, some of which are

  • Paris Club of Creditors
  • London Club of Creditors
  • Multilateral Creditors
  • Promissory Note Creditors, which are the refinanced uninsured trade arrears
  • Bilateral and Private Sector Creditors.

Causes of Nigeria's External Debt Problem
Numerous factors contributed to the increased size of Nigeria's external debt which by the end of 2000, stood at US$29 billion. The major factors include the rapid growth of public expenditure, particularly that on capital projects, borrowing from the international community at non-concessional interest rates, decline in oil earnings from the late 1970s and the dependence on imports, which contributed to the emergence of trade arrears. By 1986, short and medium-term loans constituted about 85.0 percent of the total debt stock. The above developments resulted in the bunching of debt service, thus compounding the debt situation. Furthermore, upward movements in the interest rate affected the size of the external debt stock.

Facts : 1/16/2006
The Cowry:The Cowry has, for centuries, served our people as an important form of currency. In 1860 the following system was in use: 40 Cowries formed a "String"; 50 Strings made a "head" and 10 heads comprised a "bag". In Lagos in 1865 one bag of 20,000 shells was exchanged for one or two English Pounds.
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