A document obtained from the DMO revealed that the total foreign debts of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, as well as the Federal Government of Nigeria, FGN, was $11.406 billion as at December 31, 2016.
Premium Times Lagos state, which has the highest domestic debt among all 36 states, also has the highest foreign debt as at December 31, 2016, according to official figures. Other states with high foreign debts include Kaduna, Edo, Cross River and Ogun, the Debt Management Office, DMO, said.
We gathered that a breakdown of the figures showed that Lagos state topped the list of foreign indebted states with a total of $1.380 billion foreign debt.
Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun
It was followed by Kaduna with $222.8 million debt and Edo with $183.6 million foreign debt.
Similarly, Cross River and Ogun states were among the top debtors with $114.9 million and $103.4million foreign debt, respectively.
The debt record, which had three components – Multilateral, Bilateral ND Eurobond – showed that Borno, Taraba, Yobe and Plateau are the least indebted states in foreign debts.
Borno, according to the figures, was indebted to the tune of $22.068 million; Taraba with $21.9 million; Yobe with $28.5 million and Plateau with $29.1 million in foreign debts.