Figures from the Debt Management Office show a remarkably high percentage change in debt servicing for the first quarter, 2018. Specifically, the Federal Government paid N643 billion for domestic debt servicing1, a quarter-over-quarter and year-on-year increases of 50 percent (from N429.8 billion) and (from N424 billion) respectively. Increasing debt burdens and debt servicing seem to be exacerbated by the high cost of domestic debt, necessitated by huge domestic borrowings to fund budgets and reflate the economy
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This study investigates the effects of merchandise trade and investment flows on the transmission of business cycles between members of ECOWAS and the major trading partnersbetween 1985 and 2014. Total trade and FDI significantly influence the transmission of business cycles with elasticities of 1.1% and 0.7%, respectively in the long run. There are little variations across the major trading partners and other measures of trade flows. Intra-industry trade flows with all partners, EU and USA influences the cross-country business cycles with elasticities of 1.0%, 0.5% and 1.8%, respectively.
The considerable increase in inflation continued to be driven by exchange-rate-pass-through from imported items as well as the lingering scarcity in the availability of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS). One of the key ways to reduce inflationary pressures in the near term is to improve the supply of PMS to filling stations. In the medium to long term, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) may need to revitalize local refining and bridge the gap between the supply and demand for PMS by households and businesses.
This study examines and analyses Federal Governments budget, appropriation and implementation in the three main social sectors of the Nigerian economy - Education, Health and Water over a period of four years.