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World Bank’s $2.5B Loan to Nigeria May Arrive Early

World Bank’s $2.5B Loan to Nigeria May Arrive Early

The World Bank is poised to disburse Nigeria a $2.5 billion loan as soon as possible. The nation expects to get the loan shortly after its approval, which could be as soon as June. Given the country’s economic struggles throughout the last year, this loan is meant to help it with its recovery efforts.

A report seen in the Nigerian newspaper, The Punch reveals that Nigeria is set to receive a $2.5 billion loan from the World Bank.

This loan would be diverted to two major projects, which are the Nigeria Reforms for Economic Stabilization to Enable Transformation Development Policy Financing, which would be serviced with $1.5 billion of the total loan, and the NG Accelerating Resource Mobilization Reforms Programme-for-Results, which would be funded with $750m.

Back in April, the country’s minister of Finance Wale Edun, disclosed during the press conference at the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund (IMF) annual meetings, that Nigeria is in the perfect position to secure a loan from the World Bank.

During the press conference, the minister stated that the World Bank Board of Directors had authorized the loan package, which has a 40-year length, a 10-year moratorium, and an interest rate of one percent.

“If you look at the fact that we have qualified for the processing, just this week to the board of directors of the World Bank of a total package of $2.25 billion,” he had stated.

The loan is intended to assist with Nigeria’s attempts to improve government resource mobilization and alter economic policies, which are critical to the nation’s long-term financial stability and economic resilience.

According to program information documents, seen on the World Bank’s website, the main goals of the PforR program are to protect and increase non-oil revenues at the federal level between 2024 and 2028, focusing on significant administrative, tax, and excise reforms.

The program’s three primary goal areas are as follows: enacting tax and excise reforms to raise VAT collections and excise rates on environmentally friendly and health-related products; fortifying tax and customs administrations to improve audit effectiveness and VAT compliance; and protecting revenues from oil and gas by boosting transparency and net revenue contributions.

“The principal program development objective is to raise non-oil revenues and safeguard oil and gas revenues. This result area aims to increase the transparency of NNPCL’s financial and operational performance through audits and regular production of enhanced reports submitted to FAAC, including all relevant information; and increase net oil and gas revenues transferred to the Federation,” the report read.

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