South-West has more domestic debt than other regions of the country.
Statistics obtained from the Debt Management Office on Monday showed that the geopolitical zone was exposed to a domestic debt of N1.04tn as of March 31.
The statistics also showed that the six geopolitical zones of the country were exposed to a total domestic debt of N3.97tn as of March 31.
The geopolitical zone is made up of six states – Ondo, Ogun, Oyo, Ekiti, Lagos and Osun. Lagos, the commercial capital of the country accounts for much of the indebtedness of the zone as it has domestic debt of N542.23bn.
Thus, the state, which is the largest subnational economy in the country, accounts for 51.92 per cent of the domestic debt owed by the six states in the South-West.
Osun State with N147.7bn accounts for 14.2 per cent of the indebtedness of the South-West region while Ekiti State with N118.01bn accounts for 11.35 per cent of the domestic debt owed by the South-West geopolitical zone.
Ogun State accounts for 9.34 per cent of the domestic indebtedness of the region with a total of N97.09bn while Oyo with N94.14bn accounts for 9.03 per cent of the domestic debt of the region.
The South-South region has a domestic debt burden of N949.4bn. This accounts for 23.91 per cent of the country’s subnational domestic debt.
Bayelsa State with N133.34bn accounts for 14.04 per cent while Edo State, the least indebted state in the region accounts for 9.1 per cent of the domestic debt commitment of the South-South region.
The North-Central region comprising Kwara, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau and Benue States as well as the Federal Capital Territory has a domestic debt burden of N648.63bn, accounting for 16.34 per cent of the country’s subnational domestic debt.
Kogi State with N96.68bn accounts for 14.91 per cent; Nasarawa State with N89.95bn accounts for 13.87 per cent; Kwara State with N59.58bn accounts for 9.19 per cent while the least burdened state, Niger, accounts for 6.69 per cent of the region’s domestic debt with N43.41bn.
In the region, Kano has the highest domestic debt burden of N121.31bn accounting for 24.99 per cent of the domestic debt of the region. It is followed by Kaduna State with N93.2bn, accounting for 19.2 per cent.
Katsina State has a domestic debt burden of N67.1bn, accounting for 13.82 per cent of the region’s debt while Kebbi State accounts for 13.81 per cent with a burden of N67.04bn.
Sokoto, on the other hand, is the least indebted in the region with a debt of N36.57bn, accounting for 7.53 per cent.
The North-East geopolitical zone comprising Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe states has a debt burden of N441.19bn, accounting for 11.11 per cent of the country’s subnational debt.
Taraba with N68.57bn accounts for 15.54 per cent while the least indebted, Yobe, with N26.99bn accounts for 6.12 per cent.
The South-East geopolitical zone comprising Imo, Abia, Enugu, Ebonyi and Anambra is the least indebted zone with N305.67bn local debt accounting for 7.7 per cent of the country’s subnational debt.
Enugu has N55.88bn, accounting for 18.28 per cent while Ebonyi has N55.6bn, accounting for 18.18 per cent. Anambra is the least indebted state in the region with N33.49bn, accounting for 10.96 per cent.