Nigeria secures $2.25bn World Bank loan with 1% interest rate

Wale Edun, the Minister of Finance and coordinating minister of the economy, has revealed that Nigeria has secured a $2.25bn World Bank loan with a 1% interest rate.

Edun made the comment while speaking at the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Group on April 20.

He disclosed that the loan was approved by the board of directors of the World Bank, and offers a 40-year term, a 10-year moratorium, and a one percent interest rate.

The minister said, “If you look at the fact that we have qualified for the processing, just this week to the board of directors of the World Bank of a total package of $2.25 billion.

“There is no such thing as a free lunch but it is the closest you can get to free money. It is virtually a grant. It is about 40 years, 10 years moratorium and about one percent interest. That also is part of the flow that you can count.”

He added that Nigeria also secured similar budgetary support and low-interest funding from the African Development Bank (AfDB).

“Clearly, there are also ongoing discussions with foreign direct investors. Some of these things take longer than you expect but they are relatively advanced discussions on major foreign direct investments flows into the country, specific transactions with specific companies, institutions, and authorities.”