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World bank approve $2.25bn loan for Nigeria

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By Usman Oladimeji

This funding is intended to support the country's economic reforms.

President Bola Tinubu’s administration has received a substantial financial boost from the World Bank, with a total Loan approval of $2.25 billion. This funding is intended to support the country’s economic reforms and promote inclusive growth. The Minister of Finance, Mr. Wale Edun, announced the approval of these two important financial packages, which will help stabilize the Economy and drive progress under the leadership of President Tinubu. This endeavor is part of President Tinubu’s comprehensive strategy aimed to both stabilize the economy and pave the way for long-term growth, while also delivering critical aid to those in need.

Of this fund, $1.5 billion has been allocated for the Nigeria Reforms for Economic Stabilization to Enable Transformation (RESET) Development Policy Financing Program (DPF), while $750 million has been designated for the Nigeria Accelerating Resource Mobilization Reforms (ARMOR) Program-for-Results (PforR) to support economic stabilization and resource mobilization reforms. The multi billion loan will offer crucial financial and technical aid to the government’s efforts in managing economic imbalances. This funding will not only help Nigeria work towards boosting non-oil revenues and safeguarding oil revenues for sustainable finances, but also enhance the provision of high-quality public services in the long run.

Key actions have been initiated to stabilize the overall economy.

Thus far, Tinubu’s administration faced major economic obstacles and understood the pressing necessity for changes to tackle economic disparities and improve Nigeria’s financial prospects. Key actions have been initiated to stabilize the overall economy, enhance income generation, and establish the prerequisites for stimulating growth and alleviating Poverty. These actions were components of a wider plan to raise revenues, generate employment opportunities, and promote lasting Economic Development. Edun stated that the government’s courageous reforms have been crucial in achieving macroeconomic stability and setting Nigeria on a course towards sustainable and inclusive economic development.

The implementation of these reforms is aimed at generating good job opportunities and boosting the economy for every Nigerian. Edun expressed gratitude for the backing of the RESET and ARMOR initiatives in advancing and executing the policy changes, in line with the goal of increasing investments and effectively utilizing public funds to meet our development objectives. Ousmane Diagana, the Vice President of the World Bank overseeing Western and Central Africa, commended Nigeria for its diligent work in implementing wide-ranging macroeconomic and fiscal changes. He said these reforms are steering the country towards a more stable economic future and have the potential to help countless individuals escape poverty.

Focus of the programs was to enhance Nigeria’s economic policy.

He added that sustaining the progress of these changes and upholding assistance for those in need is crucial in lessening the effects of the rising Cost Of Living. The funding offered further solidifies the close collaboration between the World Bank and Nigeria, aiding in the revitalization of the economy and acceleration of poverty alleviation, setting a model for other African countries to follow. The focus of the programs was to enhance Nigeria’s economic policy structure, increase financial resources, and provide assistance to those in need. It was also revealed that the aid would contribute to Tax and excise adjustments, boost tax income and customs management, and secure oil Revenue.

Nigeria has become a beacon of sustainable economic practices in the region, even in the face of global challenges like high Inflation rates and geopolitical tensions. During the latest Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank, Nigeria received praise for its dedication to enforcing monetary policies. As a result, the country’s growth forecast for this year has been raised to 3.4 percent, showcasing the success of the government’s economic strategies. At the event, Edun reiterated the strong dedication of Tinubu’s administration to ensuring economic stability, and emphasized various important projects that are designed to strengthen the Nigerian economy.

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This support from the World Bank is projected to enhance Nigeria’s initiatives in enacting crucial reforms to stabilize and enhance the economy, leading to advantages for all citizens. President Bola Tinubu’s administration has already obtained a sum of $1.95bn in loans from the World Bank within the initial four months. The initial loan of $750m was granted on June 9, 2023 to strengthen Nigeria’s power industry. On June 22, 2023, a $500m grant was allocated to support women’s Empowerment efforts in the country. Then, on September 21, 2023, a $700m loan was approved to improve educational opportunities and empowerment for adolescent girls.


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