Undisbursed loans may drive Nigeria’s debt to the World Bank from $12.72bn to $21.15bn, the PUNCH has learnt.
This shows that the yet-to-be disburse loans can increase Nigeria’s debt to the lending institution by 66.27 per cent. The audited financial statements of the World Bank for the fiscal year 2022 showed that the bank was yet to disburse about $8.12bn to Nigeria as of June 30, 2022.
A breakdown further showed that the undisbursed loans included $7.60bn from the International Development Association, IDA; and $514m from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD.
These undisbursed loans encompass loans approved but not signed as well as the signed loan commitments. Explaining the reason for the yet-to-be disbursed loans, particularly the signed loan commitments; the bank said that these “loans are not effective and disbursements do not start until the borrowers and/or guarantors take certain actions and furnish documents.”
The IBRD and the IDA, which make up the World Bank, have, over the years, advanced loans to Nigeria.