Tinubu’s Government Set to Borrow a Fresh $2 Billion Crude Oil-Backed Loan

Tinubu’s Government Set to Borrow a Fresh  Billion Crude Oil-Backed Loan
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The President Bola Tinubu-led federal government is seeking an additional $2 billion crude oil-backed loan from international creditors to boost its financial inflow.

Sources familiar with the matter disclosed that the loan is being sought to augment the country’s finances, which have been strained in recent times.

Reuters reported on Tuesday that the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, confirmed the development, stating that the national oil company is in talks with international creditors to raise an oil-backed credit facility.

The move comes on the heels of the recent revelation that NNPC is struggling to pay international oil traders a backlog of $6 billion, amid the removal of fuel subsidy.

Kyari assured that the credit facility will help boost the corporation’s finances and allow for investment in the oil and gas sector. He, however, did not disclose the international financial body with which NNPC is in talks, nor the amount it plans to raise from the transaction.

According to him, the cash raised will be used for all of NNPC’s business activities, including supporting production growth.

“We have no problem covering our gasoline payments. This is just money for normal business and not a desperate act,” Kyari said. “It will be a syndication with critical but regular partners who have been in business with our company to forward the cash.”

It could be recalled that NNPC already holds a $3.3 billion oil-backed loan from Afreximbank.

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