Nigeria, three others top World Bank debtors’ list
Rising debt has pushed Nigeria up the World Bank’s top 10 International Development Association borrowers’ list. The World Bank Fiscal Year 2021 audited financial statements, known as the IDA financial statement, showed that Nigeria was rated fifth on the list with $11.7bn IDA debt stock as of June 30, 2021. However, the newly released World Bank Fiscal Year 2022 audited financial statements for IDA showed that Nigeria has moved to the fourth position on the list, with $13bn IDA debt stock as of June 30, 2022. This shows that Nigeria accumulated about $1.3bn IDA debt within a fiscal year, with the country taking over the fourth top debtor position from Vietnam. This debt is different from the outstanding loan of $486m from World Bank’s International Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The top five countries on the list slightly reduced their IDA debt stock except Nigeria. India, which is still the first on the list reduced its IDA debt stock from $22bn in the previous fiscal year to $19.7bn, followed by Bangladesh from $18.1bn to $18bn.