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How int’l agency ratings may affect Nigeria’s plan to borrow



How int’l agency ratings may affect Nigeria’s plan to borrow

Nigeria’s hope of successfully borrowing from major credit outfits, will depend on the its ratings by international agencies, so says officials of one of the institutions that the country is relying on for its pending $30 billion loan facilities.

Countries are expected to be rated at least B1, if not A to be favoured for loan facilities by most credit institutions.

To that effect, government officials have started mopping up all information and data that have some positive postings on Nigeria’s economic projections since the recession, an investigation by Ripples Nigeria has shown.

The directive for this was, in the first week of December, 2016 handed to relevant ministries, departments and agencies to furnish the DMO with all needed information on their programmes aimed at improving on the rating of the country.

Some of the areas of focus include Nigeria’s performance in international trade, pension scheme management, improvement of the sovereign wealth funds and beefing up the country’s foreign exchange reserves.

Said an aide to the Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun: “There is no going back on the insistence of the ministry, that the Federal Funds Allocation Committee must ensure that there will no longer be dipping of hands into any funds from the excess crude accounts.

“We have received some good ratings from most of the agencies in the past months, despite the recession, because of government consistency in maintaining some level of discipline in managing its limited resources, which has seen the country save more than $2 billion from import restriction on luxury goods into the country.”

In their November 30, 2016 three rating agencies published their latest assessments of Nigeria’s economic growth as being fair, even though it dropped some figures from what the rating was in the same period in 2015.

For instance, in their report, Standard & Poor’s credit rating posted Nigeria as having B with stable outlook, though it rated the country with B1 in the previous year.

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Also, another agency, Moody Credit Rating returned the same finding.

But Fitch’s credit rating put Nigeria as having reported at B+ stable outlook in 2014 and 2015, but retained B in 2016.

All the agencies, according to Trading Economics’ publication, had based their ratings of Nigeria on some factors that are capable of either influencing or discouraging investors as well as the impact on the country’s borrowing costs in the past years.

It noted that the rising interest rates and instability in inflationary trend in the last two years are also considered as having constituted some negative sign posts for foreign investment in Nigeria.

But government officials claim that the country’s ratings by the international agencies have projected the country positively before the intentional financial institution that it is negotiating loan facilities with.

Speculations had been rife that the Buhari-led administration had approached the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a loan facility but this has since been denied by the Minister for Budget and Planning, UdomUdoma.

By Emma Eke…




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  1. Johnson Amadi

    December 12, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    I’ve not seen any administration that borrows more than Buhari’s administration. Nigeria has been bad, but it has never been this worst. How is borrowing supposed to be a good thing for a nation that has always been The giant of Africa?

    • Margret Dickson

      December 12, 2016 at 12:47 pm

      Lol… they even painted it like its one great achievement, “Countries are expected to be rated at least B1, if not A to be favoured for loan facilities…” Who cares if Nigeria’s rating falls below or above?

    • seyi jelili

      December 12, 2016 at 7:08 pm

      I have noticed that most people failed to appreciate buhari’s government . why won’t he borrow money to run the government when Jonathan government looted all our funds both internal and foreign reserved . buhari met empty treasure so he needs borrow. The man is really trying.

      • Amarachi Okoye

        December 13, 2016 at 2:08 am

        Maybe is trying in your village not in Nigeria. Buhari has really brought Nigeria to zero. The Jonathan i know did not borrow what buhari has borrow in his time


    December 12, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Nigeria is not the most indebted country in the world. The united States will see are highly indebted and yet they get More borrower , Nigeria won’t be an exception as they know we are blessed and rich to pay back in kind or cash.

    • yanju omotodun

      December 12, 2016 at 6:20 pm

      Sure you are in line with me. At least most money we borrow is always paid back with crude oil.

  3. Roland Uchendu Pele

    December 12, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    This was the very same thing that the Emir was talking about, and FG called him a talkative.

    • Nonso Ezeugo

      December 13, 2016 at 2:00 am

      What do they know. If not having bad tort for this country

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