Lagos Debt to Revenue Hits 813.41% -FRC

  • Lagos Debt to Revenue Hits 813.41% -FRC

Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial capital, total debt to revenue in 12 months rose over 800 percent, according to a recent data from the Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC).

In the 2018 annual report obtained on Wednesday, Lagos state total debt rose to N958.16 billion during the year under review while the total revenue generated stood at N119 billion. Indicating that despite the huge internal revenue generated in the state, the state debt to revenue is presently 813.41 percent, the highest in the country.

Osun state came second with debt to revenue ratio of 763.41 percent. The total debt incurred was N178.52 billion while revenue generated remained low at N22.83 billion. This was despite the Debt Management Office (DMO) limiting borrowing to 50 percent of revenue.

The report also shows all the 36 states exceeded the 50 percent cap with Yobe’s debt to revenue been the lowest at 68.48. Followed by Jigawa 74.58 percent; Katsina 80.98 percent, Sokoto 92.99 percent and Bayelsa 96.29 percent. The rest of the states are over 100 percent.

Total debt owed by the 36 states during the year under review stood at N5.152 trillion while revenue was N2.567 trillion.

About the Author

Samed Olukoya
CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and, with over a decade long experience in the global financial market. Contact Samed on Twitter: @sameolukoya; Email: [email protected]

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