Experts task FG on measures to discourage new loans

Some financial experts on Saturday suggested that the federal government focus on measures that could enhance the country’s fiscal revenues and discourage new loans.

They made the suggestion in separate interviews in Lagos.

The federal government had said it is in talks with the World Bank for a $1.5 billion budget support loan.

The Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Wale Edun, said this at the just concluded World Bank/International Monetary Fund Annual meeting in Marrakech, Morocco.

The former president of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), Okechukwu Unegbu, said the federal government should reduce borrowings and focus on gas exports.

“More investment is needed in gas production because it’s a cleaner energy and one of the most sought-after commodities globally.

“Our country has enormous reserves in the Niger Delta region, waiting to be harnessed adequately,” Mr Unegbu said.

He noted that the federal government should curb its spate of seeking loans and consider the concession of some state assets to boost its fiscal revenues.

“There are too many redundant state assets around the country, which increases government overhead without serving any economic value to the country.

“The government should consider concessioning most of them, than envisaging on borrowing from developmental partners,” Mr Unegbu said.

In his view, the president of the Progressive Shareholders Association of Nigeria (PSAN), Boniface Okezie, said the government should cut down the cost of governance.

“Reducing the ostentatious lifestyle of our political class is important to curb the economic wastage.

“Then the loan which the government is expected to borrow can be a smaller percentage that is been demanded from international developmental partners,” Mr Okezie said.

He noted that the government should give more support to the anti-corruption agencies to mitigate economic crime in the country.

“The level of economic crime has assumed a worrisome dimension, which is responsible for the slow pace of our development as a people,” Mr Okezie said. 


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