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We’ve raised N4.9trn for Ways and Means securitisation, says DMO

We’ve raised N4.9trn for Ways and Means securitisation, says DMO We’ve raised N4.9trn for Ways and Means securitisation, says DMO
Pic 18. From Left: Director-General of Debt Management Office (DMO), Patience Oniha; Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Stock Exchange, Oscar Onyema and Minister of State for Environment, Usman Jibril during the official listing ceremony of the 13.48%, 5year, N10.69bn FGN Green Bonds in Lagos on Friday (20/7/18) 03805/20/7/18/Babatunde Atolagbe/ICE/NAN

The Debt Management Office (DMO) says it has raised N4.9 trillion out of the N7.3 trillion approved for Ways and Means securitisation.

Patience Oniha, DMO’s director-general (DG), spoke on Monday during an interactive session with primary dealers in the federal government securities market in Lagos.

For the Ways and Means, out of seven trillion approved for securitisation, we have raised N4.905 trillion,” Oniha said.

She also said N4.5 trillion has been raised to partly finance the N6 trillion budget deficit.

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Oniha said the deficit will be covered by new domestic borrowing.

“Out of the new domestic borrowing of N6 trillion, we have raised N4.5 trillion,” the DG said.

She said the domestic financial market remains a major source of funding for the federal government.

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According to Oniha, when the international markets were closed during the COVID-19 period, the government was able to raise the full amount needed to fund the budget.

“Last year, we raised N7 trillion as new domestic borrowing. It speaks to the size of the domestic market, its resilience, and its sophistication, unlike we have in many African markets,’’ she said.

Oniha said the financial sector has come a long way, and the interactive session is another strategic meeting to chart a way forward.

Also speaking, Nadia Zakari, president of the Financial Market Dealers Association (FMDA), said the Nigerian business environment is evolving and unique, making interactive sessions necessary.

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Zakari said these sessions are crucial for both market operators and the government to make informed decisions as they plan for the rest of the year.

On December 30, 2023, the national assembly approved President Bola Tinubu’s request for the securitisation of outstanding N7.3 trillion ways and means debt balance.

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