LAGOS, JUNE 7, 2017 – The Federal government plans to sell 236.66 billion naira ($777.1 million) of short-dated treasury bills at an auction on June 14, the central bank said on Wednesday.
The bank said it plans to sell 39 billion naira of three-month debt, 23.02 billion of six-month bills and 174.64 billion of one-year notes, using a Dutch auction system. Payment will be due the day after the auction.
Nigeria’s central bank issues treasury bills twice a month to finance a budget deficit, help manage commercial lenders’ liquidity and curb rising inflation.
Nigeria, grappling with its first recession in 25 years which was largely brought on by low oil prices and the impact of attacks on energy facilities in the Niger Delta, plans to spend about 7.44 trillion naira this year.
The West African country expects a budget deficit of about 2.21 trillion naira this year as it tries to spend its way out of a recession, with more than half the deficit to be funded through local borrowing.
The debt management office say the country’s total debt rose to 19.15 trillion naira as of March 2017, from 17.36 trillion naira at the end of last year.