The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Limited has secured a $3 billion crude repayment facility loan at an interest rate between 8% and 11% to defend the naira free fall and create a long term stability in the Forex market, according to news report reaching VERY SERIAL. The loan will be repayable with crude oil.
NNPC Limited secured the crude-for-cash funding from AFRIEXIM bank headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.
The NNPC will repay the loan with crude oil at an interest rate between eight percent and 11 percent.
“The NNPC Ltd. and AfriEXIM bank have jointly signed a commitment letter and Termsheet for an emergency $3 billion crude oil repayment loan,” NNPC said in a terse statement on Wednesday.
“The signing, which took place today at the bank’s headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, will provide some immediate disbursement that will enable the NNPC Ltd. to support the Federal Government in its ongoing fiscal and monetary policy reforms aimed at stabilizing the exchange rate market.”
The loan will save Nigeria from approaching the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for loans, and bring respite to the local currency, which had depreciated significantly against the dollar over the past week.
The naira depreciated on Friday to close the week at an all-time low of N950 to the dollar at the parallel market.
On Monday, President Bola Tinubu met with the acting CBN governor, Folashodun Sonubi, who said the apex bank will roll out its plans to stabilise the naira.
The local currency appreciated marginally on Wednesday, recovering from N950 per dollar to N930 in the parallel market also called black market.