African Improvement Bank offers Nigeria $600 million loan

LAGOS, Nigeria - The African Improvement Bank is loaning Nigeria $600 million to help offset a budget deficit of $7 billion, a statement said Wednesday.

The bank said a further $400 million could be authorized next year when the government implements reforms to economize on government fees, combat corruption and market diversification and competitiveness in Africa's most significant economy.

Nigeria is struggling by way of its initial recession in 20 years due to low oil prices, militant attacks that have cut petroleum production and a heavy dependence on oil that supplies 90 percent of exports and 70 percent of government revenue.

Nigeria had requested the bank loan in February. It has failed to raise yet another $4 billion to plug the deficit, amid reports the International Monetary Fund also is demanding far more reforms.

The president with the African Improvement Bank, Nigerian Akinwumi Adesina, indicated in September that the bank would increase its investment in Nigeria by $4.1 billion between 2016 and 2017, and up to $10 billion by 2019, stating "Nigeria is as well significant to fail" and promising the bank's "strong help."

Nigeria's Senate on Tuesday refused to think about President Muhammadu Buhari's request to seek $29.six billion in foreign loans more than three years to develop infrastructure and increase employment. It was a shocking move in a Parliament controlled by the president's celebration.

Senate leader Ali Ndume mentioned he would reintroduce the request, which would nearly triple Nigeria's external public debt load.

"Debt is a controversial issue in Nigeria, which benefited from considerable debt forgiveness in 2006," Capital Economics risk analysts said Wednesday, but noted that Nigeria has the lowest public debt to GDP ratio of any important African economy.
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