Monday 06, November 2017 by Matthew Amlôt

African Development Bank categorically refute the statement in Reuters

The African Development Bank wishes to categorically refute the statement that it has “called off loans to Nigeria”, as reported in Reuters and credited to AfDB Vice-President for Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth Amadou Hott.

The African Development Bank stated that it is highly encouraged by the economic recovery of Nigeria from recession and salutes the Government's efforts towards diversification of the economy. The Bank also strongly supports the Economic and Growth Recovery Plan of the Government and efforts to stem corruption and strengthen fiscal consolidation and efficiency.

In November 2016, the Board of the African Development Bank approved a $600-million loan to support Nigeria's efforts to cope with macroeconomic and fiscal shocks that arose from the massive decline in price of crude oil. An additional $400 million in support could be considered, if requested and approved by the Board, as part of a larger coordinated effort with other development partners, including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

The Bank assured the Nigerian Government of its full support for its continued reforms to diversify the economy and boost economic growth and development.